2011 HDF McNeil Stakes Field & Betting

August 25th, 2011

A final field of 12 promising three-year-olds have been accepted to face off in the HDF McNeil Stakes 2011 which will run at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday.

The $125,000 Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) is one of two black-type showdowns on the Saturday race card for Caulfield this Saturday, the other top race for Luxbet punters to enjoy a bet on being the Memsie Stakes where 2011 Melbourne Cup-bound Shamrocker resumes racing.

Satin Shoes is a good value HDF McNeil Stakes bet at Luxbet to upset race favourite Golden Archer

In the Caulfield Race 4 – H.D.F. McNeil Stakes betting markets, the widely-drawn Golden Archer has opened as the $4.40 favourite through Luxbet.

Prepared by ace Victorian trainer Peter Moody, Rock Of Gibraltar colt Golden Archer is one of the best-tried three-year-olds this season having had eight career starts to date for five wins and two minor placings.

The triple stakes winner resumed for the season on August 13 running a game second to superstar Sepoy in the Listed Vain Stakes (1100m) and despite drawing barrier 10 of 12 for the McNeil Stakes is sure to have plenty of money come in for them with Luke Nolen engaged for the ride.

HDF McNeil Stakes second favourite at $5 through Luxbet is Clarry Conner’s speedy filly Satin Shoes who impressed connections with a blistering workout earlier this week.

Despite drawing awkwardly with barrier 11 in the HDF McNeil Stakes field, Satin Shoes looks a top tip with both Conners and her jockey Michael Rodd expressing their confidence in her ability to win.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way she is going,” Conners said.

“She looked good and she got to the line pretty confidently I thought.

“She is so strong-willed and determined and that’s probably what makes her a good racehorse.

“She has got a few tricks and it is so good that he (Rodd) has got to know her a bit better.”

Rodd described her as one of the “good horses” and was looking forward to Saturday’s showdown.

“I’m really happy going into Saturday,” he said.

Satin Shoes resumed for the season on August 13 winning the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) giving her a nice advantage over some of her Saturday race rivals that will be making their three-year-old debuts in the McNeil.

In an open-field full of genuine chances, four other horses are at a single-figure price in the HDF McNeil Stakes betting odds at Luxbet with Quezette Stakes runner-up Metonymy ($5.50), the Bart Cummings-trained Do You Think ($6.50), Danny O’Brien’s improving Decircles ($7) and the Peter Snowden-trained Redoute’s Choice filly Glissade ($7.50).

The HDF McNeil Stakes will shape up as a good start-of-season guide to some of the best three-year-olds and can be used an indicator for upcoming Group One features including the $1 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) to run on October 8.

Currently the shortest-priced McNeil Stakes hopeful in the futures 2011 Caulfield Guineas Luxbet odds is the untapped Starcraft colt Do You Think at $21.

See below for the 2011 HDF McNeil Stakes final field and barriers, then to back your favourite at the best prices visit Luxbet.

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2011 HDF McNeil Stakes Field, Barriers & Weights

# Form Horse Trainer Rider Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1131114X2 GOLDEN ARCHER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 10 57.5kg 92
2 41X70X6 ARCTIC COMMAND Wendy Kelly Danny Nikolic 4 57.5kg 72
3 118X DO YOU THINK Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 3 57kg 82
4 1X1129X1 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners Michael Rodd 11 56kg 97
5 2X1368X4 DELAGO’S LAD John McArdle Chris Symons 6 55kg 74
6 3172X7 REDANGELO Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Oliver 1 55kg 74
7 762X1 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien Dwayne Dunn 8 55kg 72
8 88X25X5 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis Craig Williams 2 55kg 68
9 636X3 SCELTO (NZ) Robbie Laing Ms Lisa Cropp 12 55kg 61
10 1 CROSS OF GOLD David Hayes James Winks 9 55kg 64
11 21X442X2 METONYMY Peter G Moody Michael Walker 7 53kg 82
12 122X4 GLISSADE Peter Snowden Craig Newitt 5 53kg 77