A very tough and credentialed field in this years edition of the Melbourne Cup. You could spend hours on this race (almost there) and still miss out.
I like Lloyd’s horse At First Sight on Tuesday. After a month away from the track when the Galileo chestnut finished impressively to December Draw in the Naturalism at Caulfield, the lightly raced galloper again showed that burst of speed in the Bendigo Cup when runner-up to stablemate Tanby.
Here is why I like At First Sight (13-1). Firstly, the 5 year-old is bred to stay. By Galileo, a top-class sire of classic winners and stayers over the world. His dam, the stakes placegetter Healing Music, is by Bearing, broodmare sire to 51 stakes winners including Group 1 Prix Du Cadran (4000m) winner Gentoo. Granddam produced stakes winners Herboriste and Fast and Furious, both of whom won to 2400m.
Produced a solid run home in the Naturalism then stepped out after some time-off to fly home for second in the 2400m Bendigo Cup. At First Sight drops 5.5kgs from that run and will carry 52.5kgs in the cup – the lightest weight it will have ever carried. Steven King will have plenty of options from the barrier 10 also.
At First Sight is a very classy galloper who raced against several highly respected thoroughbreds in Europe. Has thrived since coming to Australia and entering the Hickmott stables.
I also like the Johnston trained 5 year-old Fox Hunt. The gelding has been very strong in his races over in Europe – just watch the replays and you will see what I am talking about. Carried 61.5kgs in the Ebor Handicap over 2800m at York – the race was won by Moyenne Corniche however Fox Hunt carried 6.5kgs more and had no luck at all as well as sitting 4-5 wide the entire race.
Fox Hunt has drawn poorly however if the jock can get a nice position, he will be there in the final stages.
Special mentions go to Americain, Dunden, Unusual Suspect and Moyenne Corniche, Niwot and Lucas Cranach, but you can’t have the field.
I’ll go with At First Sight from Fox Hunt.