The world’s highest rated sprinter, Chautauqua, and Godolphin’s powerhouse colt, Astern, share early favouritism for the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) which is set to take place at Royal Randwick on April 1.
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Despite putting in two disappointing performances during the spring, Chautauqua is the equal $7 favourite and will be aiming to create history with his third successive victory in the$2.5 million sprint feature.
A 2.3 length victory in the Golden Rose Stakes (1200m) and a 2nd placing behind Flying Artie in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) was enough for Astern to join Chautauqua at the top of betting with bet365’s all-in market.
Despite beating Astern convincingly in the Coolmore, the Mick Price-prepared Flying Artie is a $9 chance ahead of stable mate Extreme Choice at $11.
Bryce Heys’ exciting son of Thorn Park, Spieth, is ahead of Price’s pair, following his fast-finishing 2nd placing in the Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington.
Coolmore Stud Stakes 3rd placegetter Star Turn is next in line at $13, while Darren Weir’s ultra-consistent galloper Black Heart Bart is a $15 chance.
2017 TJ Smith Stakes all-in market courtesy of bet365:
Astern - $7
Chautauqua - $7
Spieth - $8
Flying Artie - $9
Extreme Choice - $11
Star Turn - $13
Black Heart Bart - $15
English - $17
Music Magnate - $17
Russian Revolution - $17
Terravista - $17
Lucky Hussler - $21
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