Tuesday , June 22 2021

Derby Irish and VRC Derby win the clashes at Mackinnon Stakes

The Williams team has the horse and the decision was made at the beginning of their campaign to jump to Melbourne Cup preferably by the Mackinnon Stakes, since the connections did not believe that Latrobe was ready for the Cup.

Extra Brut won three of the four races of this campaign with the only failure that came from Norman Robinson Stakes when the conditions did not correspond to them.

The pair should be at their best to win the race after Godolphin coach Charlie Appleby told his favorite Blair's house, the horse to beat Saturday when "The Blue Army" tries to take on the fourth victory of group 1 of the spring carnival.

His triumph in the Melbourne Cup, which doubled in the droughts, won the Cross Counter trained by Appleby after the pair of Saeed bin Suroor best resolved and Benbatl won the Caulfield Cup and Caulfield Stakes, respectively.

Benbatl pulled out Blair House at Caulfield Stakes but Appleby decided to avoid the mother of the Winx mom in the Cox Plate, a decision that was now said was wise.

"Benbatl has stamped that way ending with the Winx," Appleby said.

"He is in good condition. If he turned the way he was in the Caulfield Stakes I think they took him to beat."

Mackinnon Stakes' favorites do not have a great recent record in the race with the victory of So You Think in 2010, making it the latest short-haul runner to win the race.

James Cummings, trained by The It's Somewhat, will also represent Godolphin's stability in the race with Cummings rating at the age of eight that ended third in Mackinnon Stakes last year with a strong opportunity.

"We get it well and tight but you'll have to go to another level to be beating Charlie's horse [Blair House]Said Cummings.

"You do not have the chance to run four better."

One of the main dangers of Blair House is Shillelagh trained by Chris Waller who opens for 2000 meters for the first time, after proving himself among the best 1600-meter Australian horses to win Kennedy Mile at Derby Day.

After Saturday's race, Waller indicated his desire to push his seven-year-old to 2000 meters and did not waste any time putting her into Mackinnon Stakes's age weight.

"She loves Flemington," said Waller Saturday.

David Hayes, who won the 1990 Mackinnon Stakes with Better Loosen Up, decided to run Mickey Blue Eyes despite the three-year-old who finished the tenth in the VRC Derby.

Peter Ryan joined The Age in 2017 covering AFL as a senior reporter with AFL Media.

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