Standish Handicap Preview and Betting Tips – Flemington 01/01/2018
Flemington features the Group 3 $150,000 Standish Handicap on New Year’s Day with thirteen runners set to face the starter.
Tshahitsi returns to action in Standish Handicap
Chris Crook and Imogen Miller are represented by Tshahitsi, a six-year-old gelding by Clangalang out of Kita Ryokan.
Tshahitsi has won twice and finished third in his four previous visits to Flemington. On his most recent outing he won the Listed Winter Championship Final over 1600m in July. He has won twice from six outings following a lay-off and will be partnered by regular rider Brendon McCoull.
Tshahitsi is joint top weight alongside Lord Of The Sky on 59kg. Robbie Laing trains Lord Of The Sky, a seven-year-old son of Danrich. He has not been seen on the racetrack since August when sixth in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes at Sandown.
Lord Of The Sky is joined in the line-up by stable companion Double Bluff first-up, runner-up in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup over 3200m. He was also third in the Group 3 Easter Cup over 2000m but this trip is surely on the sharp side for the son of Azamour.
Flippant favourite for Standish Handicap
The early market leader for the Standish Handicap is the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained mare Flippant under 56kg. Mark Zahra rides the mare who has been lightly trimmed from 4.5 into 4.2 with Ladbrokes.
Flippant will start out wide in barrier ten as the daughter of Hinchinbrook bids to bounce back to form. She finished a disappointing sixth behind subsequent Manikato Stakes winner Hey Doc in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap over 1200m. Flippant’s most recent success was back in November 2016 on Melbourne Cup Day.
There has also been money for Chamois Road, a five-year-old gelding by Choisir. He is trained at Plumpton by Patrick Payne and will be ridden by Michael Dee on Monday. Chamois Road is consistent and has an excellent record at this distance. He has won six and been placed five times from just thirteen races. With question marks about the fitness of several of his rivals, Chamois Road could be the best bet at around 6.5.
David Brideoake saddles last time out winner Miss Wonderland who will start from barrier seven under Linda Meech. The daughter of Snitzel has very few miles on the clock with just three wins from six starts. Rail runner Toy Boy is chasing a hat-trick for Greg Eurell and is another to consider in a wide open race.
Standish Handicap Betting Tips 01/01/2018
Chamois Road @6.5 Ladbrokes
Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3