|What||Maybe Mahal Stakes|
|Where||Flemington Racecourse – Flemington VIC, 3031|
|When||Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | 4:40pm AEDT | Race 9|
|Race Conditions||Set Weights plus Penalties, Four-Years-Old and Upwards, Mares|
|2019 Winner||Teleplay – 56kg (2) | Jockey: Nash Rawiller | Trainer: Mick Prince & Michael Kent (Jnr)|
Maybe Mahal Stakes Horse Betting Preview
The traditional Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes officially known as the Maybe Mahal Stakes at Group 3 level for the mares is the penultimate race on the blockbuster Melbourne Cup card and it has attracted a field of 15 for the 1400 metre event.
The race is set to jump at 4:40pm AEDT.
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Maybe Mahal Stakes Runner-By- Runner Guide
#1 Fascino (6)
Having not won in over 12 months it is hard to get too excited over the Maher and Eustace 4YO mare in the Group Three on Cup day. He is yet to win at seven attempts at 1400 metres and has only run into the minor money on the one occasion in that time. He has been disappointing in his two starts this campaign and looks to be struggling in this field here.
#2 Wild Vixen (7)
The 4YO mare was a tough winner in the Listed Black Pearl Stakes at Geelong a fortnight ago where she settled towards the back of the field and was wide with no cover throughout. He somehow still managed to race in top form and was able to go strongly through the line to defeat a handy field and is similar to the one she meets here.
#3 Lyre (5)
The Godolphin trained 4YO mare is starting to become a costly expense for punters to keep following. She finished toward the back of the field in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes, but was doing her best work late and looks like she will appreciate the extra 200 metres this time around. Believe it or not, she has not won in close to two years, but she is the clear class runner in the field.
#4 Fabric (15)
After being defeated by half a length in the Ladies Day Vase at Caulfield by the in-form Sovereign Award the mare comes to Flemington with a third win at the track on the agenda. She’s usually a galloper who likes to get a bit of cover in the running but jockey Craig Williams opted to take up the running and it took an in-form galloper to go past her. Three runs back she stormed home between runners at Caulfield when making up four lengths from entering the straight, if she brings that form here she will be fighting out the finish.
#5 Music Bay (14)
Phillip Stokes and William Pike combine to try and build on the impressive first up run at Geelong behind Wild Vixen in the listed Black Pearl Stakes. He was one of the widest runners coming into the straight and only missed by three quarters of a length in a driving finish. He has had success at this track over this distance, but is still a maiden when racing second up from five starts.
#6 My Pendant (3)
Danny O’Brien and Jamie Kah will team up with this 5YO mare who has yet to be back in the winner’s stall since August last year. She has had success over the 1400 metres at Flemington and gets the blinkers on for the first time. He would ideally prefer the sting out of the ground with his impressive wet track record and with that being said we’re happy to let her go around.
#7 Delectation Girl (11)
It’s hard to make a case for a runner who has not won in over three years, and is yet to break through for her maiden win in Australia. $51 in some markets seem to be a touch of unders considering how much she has struggled since leaving the United States.
#8 Into The Abyss (13)
Another galloper who looks set to be in the “also ran” category as she lacks a turn of foot that plenty of her rivals possess. She was well beaten last start in the Tristarc Stakes a fortnight ago and it was a similar story in the Rose Of Kingston Stakes the start prior. She’s another horse who struggles to find the winning post and is approaching twelve months since her last victory.
#9 La Tigeresa (10)
Jason Warren and Michael Rodd team up with this consistent six year old, who was only defeated by half a length to Strome three weeks ago at Caulfield. She has not had much luck in drawing a good barrier recently and has a tricky assignment from barrier ten here. If Rodd can find a position for her with cover midfield, then she does have a turn of foot which will be needed if she is to feature in the finish.
#10 Parmie (4)
The in form Ellerton and Zahra stable will saddle up their ever consistent 4YO who will look to bounce back after a disappointing performance in the Northwood Plume Stakes. Two starts ago she was beaten a nose by Fabric who is well in the market here, and just missed the start prior for a similar result. After nine starts on a good track she is still a maiden on non rain affected tracks, but is hard to leave out of exotics despite those results.
#11 Goldifox (12)
The Corstens will team up with Lachie King with their 5YO mare who has form chasing home Wild Vixen and Groundswell in recent outings. She was held up at a crucial time in the Plack Pearl Stakes at Geelong but continued to run on to go down by under a length. In the race at Cranbourne where she chased home Groundswell she was held up for the majority of the home straight and was a genuine hard luck story. At $34 you could do much worse than her.
#12 Thousand Wishes (2)
Despite a promising summer campaign, the 5YO mare for Danny O’Brien is yet to produce the goods this time in. She has been in the market at all four of her starts this campaign, and has chased home plenty of her rivals here. From barrier two Jye McNeil should be able to get her in a more positive position than what she afforded last time at Cranbourne, but this looks to be a step too far for her.
#13 The Closer (1)
The in-form Maher and Eustace stable will be looking to build on a campaign that has yet to set the world on fire by this 5YO mare. She maps to be up on speed after drawing the rails and if she can settle in the running she may play a role in the concluding stages. The main query is the track, she has not handled Flemington at any of her starts here and is yet to place in her five runs at the track.
#14 Rich Hips (8)
The Busuttin and Young 4YO was well held at her last start in the Tristarc Stakes when going down by two and a half lengths to Madam Rouge. Her run prior to that she was an eye-catching winner when charging clear over the last 50 metres. She has won on two occasions over the 1400 metres, and is definitely a runner punters should be including in their exotics.
#15 Cordilla (9)
She has been a tough mare to catch but she repaid loyal punters with her comprehensive win at Cranbourne three weeks ago. Prior to that she continually found plenty of trouble throughout her races when being held up at crucial points at Flemington and prior to that The Valley. Danny O’Brien’s mare rates quite highly with Damien Oliver retaining the ride and he’s been successful on four occasions from four rides on the mare. From barrier nine, Oliver should be able to get the mare in a positive position and prove hard to hold out.
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