In one of the most hotly contested Breeders’ Classics for some years, the betting landscape for today’s Listed co-feature at Bunbury resembles a punting carpark with $4.80 the field heading a very open market.
For now, favouritism lies with the Neville Parnham trained Wicked Hunter who is looking to make it three on the trot following two recent landslide victories at Pinjarra.
The son of Due Sasso hasn’t put a hoof wrong since breaking its maiden status last month by nearly three lengths, and repeated the dosage a fortnight later leading all the way with a hefty 59kg impost.
Steven Parnham again takes the ride, and today’s weight relief and favourable barrier draw (7) ticks enough boxes to suggest a positive showing for the horses’ biggest assignment to date.
Shaun O’Donnell will be aboard Belle La Vie ($6.00) for local trainer Chris Stelmach and the popular hoop will be hoping to add to his treble in the saddle at Ascot yesterday.
The Stelmach stable has been on-fire lately recording a double last weekend with Trevinski and Secret Display both saluting on Bunbury AHA Cup Day.
Other chances include Regal Commander ($6.50) for Grant Williams who will be piloted by premiership jock William Pike from barrier four, while Simon Foster will be hoping to keep the Classic at home with Big Caroline ($7.50) who will race second up with Troy Turner at the helm.
Big Caroline is one of three Foster conveyances in the $100,000 event, with Prentice ($34.00) and Sonata In Dee ($91.00) rough hopes.
And who will start public elect come 4.17PM? – Your guess is as good as mine…