The 2011 Stan Fox Stakes final field was never going to be the largest in history but few thought it was going to get down to what it has done.
Just six horses remain in the final field and in all honesty the connections of half of them must be pinching themselves that they’ve found their way into a $250,000 Group 2 contest.
Manawanui is the top rater in the race and if you’re looking for the strongest form line in the race it’s about as obvious to see as you could possibly make it.
Manawanui comes off a Group 1 Golden Rose victory over Smart Missile, Foxwedge and Helmet where his rating was boosted up to 103.
The next closest Cocky Raider ran sixth in much easier company and can only muster a 74.
Irish Times to be fair did win at its last start but the jump in class he needs to find here is monumental as he comes in with a 72 rating.
It’s still better than a couple of the others though, in fact the bottom three wouldn’t look out of place at the midweek’s.
State Of Wealth is a promising horse no doubt, in fact with two wins and a second it could really go on to big things in the future.
Is it ready now though is the question and with a rating of 68 the stats say it’s just too soon.
Choice Words is the second lowest rater with 65 and that was earned of just the single career start.
Roma Giaconda has had the one more for its 54, but despite a win and a second it would be a monumental upset should it win this Saturday.
The reality is should Manawanui run anywhere near his best the 2011 Stan Fox Stakes is as good as a one horse contest.
It’s rare that we don’t talk up a few of the main chance sin a race, especially one rated at group 2 level but the fact is if you’re willing to take the short quote there’s no better bet this weekend at Rosehill Gardens.
The best odds you’ll find on the horse are over at Luxbet but don’t expect too much more than $1.20.
In fact to even get that much you’ll want to move in quick as the big punters load up to get 20% interest on the shortest of short term savings accounts.
It’s as good as done so get onto Luxbet today and cheer your money home from the gate all the way to the line.
2011 Stan Fox Stakes Final Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||311X11||MANAWANUI||Ron Leemon||Glyn Schofield||2||56.5kg||103|
|2||17X2272X46||COCKY RAIDER||David Payne||Corey Brown||1||56.5kg||74|
|3||1356X461||IRISH TIMES||Clarry Conners||Hugh Bowman||6||56.5kg||72|
|4||211||STATE OF WEALTH||Brian Smith||Christian Reith||3||56.5kg||68|
|5||2||CHOICE WORDS||David Vandyke||Blake Spriggs (a)||4||54.5kg||65|
|6||21||ROMA GIACONDA||David Hayes||Brenton Avdulla||5||54.5kg||54|