Punt Drunk: The Harrovian in the mix for All Star Mile

Harrovian horse racing news

How good is a Wednesday on the punt? Halfway between Saturdays, we’re greeted with seven local gallops meetings. Hopefully, we can steer you into a few winners with our free horse racing tips.

Since we’ve last spoken, the barrier draw for the final Group 1 of 2020 has been released, a Queensland superstar is eyeing off the All Star Mile, a Godolphin veteran looks set to retire (again!) and Wayne Hawkes has had an unpopular opinion voiced on the Jericho Cup. Oh, and the less said about our best bet yesterday, the better.

Kingston Town Classic barrier draw released

A hero that every punter will be looking for in the last Group 1 of 2020 is William Pike. He combines with Inspirational Girl, the winner of the Railway Stakes a fortnight ago. However, to win their second Group 1 in two runs, they will need to overcome a wide barrier from 18. Once scratchings are finalised, they will jump one away from the widest gate. Other market fancies Too Close The Sun and Kay Cee have drawn midfield and will need a bit of luck early in the running to outlast the favourite.

The Harrovian heading south?

With nominations officially opened for the All Star Mile, the emerging icon The Harrovian is reportedly touted for the 1600m race at The Valley in March. Having strung together 10 consecutive wins and built up a strong following, he would be a near certainty to gain an entry on the basis of popularity alone. Whether he’d be able to handle his opposition is another question, but boy, oh boy, it’d be good to see the bloke run in Melbourne.

Kementari to bid farewell

For the second time in his career, the Godolphin gelding Kementari will race for the final time in his career on Saturday following an effort in the AJ Scahill at Ascot. The gelding was retired during the autumn of 2019 and sent away for his station duties but failed to fire a shot (pardon the pun) before returning to the racetrack earlier this year. He may have been hard to follow, but you always knew the effort you would get from the Randwick Guineas winner.

Hawkes wants Jericho Cup trip slashed

During an interview on RSN on Tuesday morning, trainer Wayne Hawkes had a foot-in-mouth moment when suggesting the Jericho Cup should be shortened by at least 2000m to encourage a better standard of horse. We suggest Hawkes reads up on the history of the Jericho Cup and its founding, as it’s a way to honour the Australian Diggers. Check out the story of Bill The Bastard and you’ll appreciate the Jericho Cup and those contest it even more.

Wednesday Racing Tips

Best Bet for Wednesday, December 2

SandownRace 1 – Dragon Time (#2) $1.85 with Sportsbet
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