SuperCoach Racing: Experts reveal their Round 3 stables Incentivise ridden by Brett Prebble wins the TAB Turnbull Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on October 02, 2021 in Flemington, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

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After some big scores last weekend, Round 3 is a tricky one in SuperCoach Racing. Not sure who to pick? Check out who the experts have in their stables.

One of the biggest Saturdays on the calendar is upon us, with Caulfield Cup day in Melbourne and The Everest day in Sydney giving us 20 races to consider for SuperCoach Racing.

Who should you pick in your team this week? Check out who our experts are starting below.

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JACK FIZPATRICK’S TEAM

NATURE STRIP $500,000

Race: The Everest

For mine, he’s one of two horses who can win the world’s richest race on turf. He’s a star sprinter and now Chris Waller has taught him to settle, he can either lead at a comfortable speed or sit off Eduardo and pounce at the top of the straight. He’ll likely look the winner at the 300m – then it’s a matter of whether he can hold on.

CLASSIQUE LEGEND $500,000

Race: The Everest

A dominant winner of this race last year who has only been seen at the races once since – in Hong Kong in December. It would be a monumental training performance to get him to win first-up but he should get every chance from barrier 5. If he’s at his best, they might not be able to beat him.

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DELPHI $350,000

Race: G1 Caulfield Cup

One of only two runners at single-figure odds for the Caulfield Cup, he was dealt a cruel blow at Wednesday night’s barrier draw. He looks to be flying, it just comes down to whether he gets any luck from the wide draw. Damien Oliver wasting down to 53kg shows how highly he rates this imported galloper.

INCENTIVISE $250,000 (CAPTAIN)

Race: G1 Caulfield Cup

The ex-Queenslander is clearly the one to beat in the Caulfield Cup, although Brett Prebble has his work cut out for him jumping from the outside gate. He might just be good enough to roll forward and make his luck though, and I’m confident enough to make him skipper this week.

EAGLES CRAG $150,000

Race: Magic Millions Grand Handicap

Looks close to a ‘good thing’ in the first on Caulfield Cup day. At around even-money, he might be able to double our punting back to start the day and pick up some SuperCoach Racing points in the process.

KAPALUA SUNSET $125,000

Race: G3 Ethereal Stakes

Speaking of ‘good things’, this filly might just be something special. I expect her to win this weekend – pretty easily, too – before going on to win the VRC Oaks.

FANGIRL $75,000

Race: Listed Reginald Allen Quality

I was happy to back her in the Flight Stakes and Thousand Guineas, so this Listed event looks more than suitable. She’s cheap as chips at $75,000, too.

GUNSTOCK $75,000

Race: G3 Neds Classic

Not dissimilar to Kapalua Sunset – I expect him to measure up in the VRC Derby later this spring. If he’s going to, he needs to be going very close here.

Jockey: James McDonald

Will wait until the jockey challenge odds are available on Saturday morning as I may change my mind, but J-Mac is a handy default setting. He’s scored more points in the first two rounds than any other jockey and has another strong book of rides this Saturday.

JETT HATTON’S TEAM

NATURE STRIP $500,000

Race: The Everest

It’s his race to lose. Think he actually maps well, the wide draw gives him time and space to get through his gears and from there it should be a similar performance to his TJ Smith Stakes effort. He’s my captain this week.

YOUNG WERTHER $325,000

Race: Group 1 Caulfield Cup

Think he’s the danger to Incentivise. Went great last start in the Turnbull and he’ll relish every bit of 2400m. Drawn well in barrier eight while the favourite won’t have it easy from gate 20.

NIMALEE $325,000

Race: Group 2 Tristarc Stakes

She’s flying. 1400m looks about her right distance and she’s drawn to get the run of the race with Damien Oliver in the saddle.

HANDLE THE TRUTH $250,000

Race: The Kosciuszko

Keith Dryden told me at the start of his preparation that Handle The Truth had come back equally, if not better than where he was at when winning this race in 2019. His two runs have been great and I’m confident he can add another Kosciuszko to the C.V.

INCENTIVISE $250,000

Race: Group 1 Caulfield Cup

Despite the tricky draw, he’s got to go in off his last two efforts when winning the Makybe Diva and Turnbull Stakes. Could be anything and he’s still cheap for just $250,000.

HE’S A BALTER $225,000

Race: Group 2 Caulfield Sprint

He’s the fit horse, expect him to sit outside Malkovich and with just 55kg, it wouldn’t surprise to see the gelding have a strong kick and keep going.

FANGIRL $75,000

Race: Listed Reginald Allen Quality

Made a case for her a few weeks back in the Flight Stakes, so she’s certainly a leading hope here. For just $75,000, Fangirl has to go in.

GUNSTOCK $75,000

Race: Group 3 Caulfield Classic

Hit the line like a horse that will relish 2000m. For just $75,000, he’ll be in the finish and give us some points along with extra cap space next week.

Jockey: Jye McNeil

Sticking solid with Jye this week. 10 rides and most are great chances, highlighted by Gunstock ($3.40), Buffalo River ($3.30) and Enthaar ($5.50).

TIM MICHELL’S TEAM

Gytrash $475,000

Colette $450,000

Noncomformist $325,000

Incentivise $250,000 (captain)

Malkovich $225,000

Steinem $150,000

Kapalua Sunset $125,000

Tiz Magic $50,000

Jockey: James McDonald

I’m little chance of jagging the winner in The Everest and although I like a few of the $500k horses like Nature Strip, I have no money to spare. Nonconformist put in an eye-catching run last start and would be my EW bet if I was having a flutter. There’s a few decent options in handicap and listed races this week but group races are where the real points are. After so many coaches went with similar stables last week this feels like it could be a key round. Colette looks worth paying up for in a G2 and although Steinem is in the same race it’s a blowout hope. I like Gunstock so might still bank the $75k and cheer for a quinella with Tiz Magic in the G3. James McDonald has done the job the first two rounds so why not go for a hat-trick?

AL PATON’S TEAM

Nature Strip $500,000 (captain)

Classic Legend $500,000

Incentivise $250,000

High Supremecy $175,000

Home Affairs $175,000

Promise of Success $175,000

Kapalua Sunset $125,000

Fangirl $75,000

Jockey: James McDonald

Much tougher picking a team this week compared to Round 2 with pretty even fields in the Group 1 races that offer the most points. Incentiise is a must in the Caulfield Cup at that price and I’m loading up with the two favourites in the Everest, where a much smaller field gives me some more security about getting among the Group 1 points, plus Home Affairs because it rates highly in Rob Sutherland’s Magic Metric. Outside the two big races hopefully a few short-priced runners can get some wins and build the bank. Good luck, everyone!

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Technically the Caulfield Cup is the only Group 1 of the weekend but for SuperCoach Racing players, The Everest is considered a G1 – with The Kosciuszko considered a G3 – for fantasy purposes.

Racenet’s Jett Hatton and Punters’ Jack Fitzpatrick sit down to discuss their strategies ahead of Round Three.

GROUP 1 RACING

Caulfield Cup (2400m)

The general consensus prior to the barrier draw was Incentivise is over the line. However, after drawing the widest gate, punters are starting to reassess those thoughts. From a SuperCoach Racing point-of-view, he still looks a solid option as he’s a $2.50 favourite for a G1 and costs just $250,000. Second-favourite Delphi, an impressive winner last Saturday in the Herbert Power, has also been handed an awkward draw. Given he’s the only other horse at single-figure odds, the options are wide open if you want another Caulfield Cup runner – especially given most in the field are reasonably well priced in the mid-range bracket.

The Everest (1200m)

It’s a field full of quality, which is reflected by the prices of the majority of runners from a SuperCoach perspective. Market fancies Nature Strip and Classique Legend are both $500,000, while most of the others aren’t too far behind. If you can afford to have two Everest runners, all power to you. If not, good luck picking the winner given 11 of the 12 look to have some hope. But, seriously, what is Embracer doing in this field?

OFF BROADWAY

Here are some horses to consider from outside of the big races:

Jett

Handle The Truth ($250,000) – The Kosciuszko (1200m)

Keith Dryden told me at the start of his preparation that Handle The Truth had come back equally well, if not better than where he was at when winning this race in 2019. His two runs have been great and I’m confident he can add another Kosciuszko to the CV.

Fangirl ($75,000) – Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m)

Made a case for her a few weeks back in the Flight Stakes, so she’s certainly a leading hope here. For just $75,000, Fangirl has to go in.

Fitzy

Kapalua Sunset ($125,000) – G3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m)

Her maiden win had to be seen to be believed – horses just don’t win by 7L+ over 1800m at just their second career start. For mine she’s the one to beat in the VRC Oaks and I think she’ll win this on her way through.

Fangirl ($75,000) – Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m)

Was willing to back her in the Flight Stakes and Thousand Guineas, so she must be a hope in this Listed affair. Cheap as chips at just $75,000.

JOCKEY TIP

Jett

Jye McNeil

Sticking solid with Jye this week. He has 10 rides and most are great chances, highlighted by Gunstock ($3.40), Buffalo River ($3.30) and Enthaar ($5.50).

Fitzy

James McDonald

I’d still wait to confirm with the jockey challenge odds on Saturday morning, but J-Mac is a pretty good safety net. Australia’s leading hoop is the leading point scorer across the first two rounds and has another strong book of rides on Saturday.

LOCK OF THE ROUND

Here are our must-have horses for round two:

Jett

Nature Strip ($500,000) – The Everest (1200m)

It’s his race to lose. Think he actually maps well, the wide draw gives him time and space to get through his gears and from there it should be a similar performance to his TJ Smith Stakes effort.

Fitzy

Incentivise ($250,000) – G1 Caulfield Cup (2400m)

There’s no doubt the barrier draw threw a spanner in the works, but he’s still the horse to beat – the market tells you that. He costs just $250,000 and is the clear market favourite in a G1 – he picks himself.

Originally published as SuperCoach Racing 2021: Experts reveal their Round 3 stables

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