Southern Cross Stakes tips, best bets & odds | Randwick 13/1

Roheryn is one of the key chances in the Southern Cross Stakes

What Southern Cross Stakes
Where Royal Randwick Racecourse – Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031
When Saturday, February 13, 2021 | 4:25pm AEDT | Race 6
Prizemoney $160,000
Distance 1200m
Status Group 3
Race Conditions 3YO+ quality handicap
2020 Winner Special Reward (54kg) | Jockey: Brenton Avdulla | Trainer: Kris Lees

Souther Cross Stakes racing preview – Saturday, February 13

The Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes will see a highly competitive field of nine contest the 1200m affair after Subpoenaed was scratched to race in the Triscay Stakes instead. Masked Crusader is the $2.50 favourite with online bookmakers, ahead of Standout and Roheryn. There does not appear to be too much speed on paper, so we expect to see Albumin and Masked Crusader handy, while Southern Lad might push on from the outside alley.

In a race where we would not be surprised to see anything win, we are going to side with a little bit of value. We think Southern Lad has been missed by the market at $26 after a luckless effort when fourth last time out. While he has drawn the outside alley and could potentially be caught three wide if there is no speed in the race, Regan Bayliss might opt to push forward and put himself right in the race. The six-year-old gelding was held up at a crucial stage last time out behind Big Parade, so he didn’t have a gut buster going into this. He loves this track and distance, and the cut in the ground will suit.

Masked Crusader failed to live up to the hype in his last outing, but we still think he has plenty of ability and is capable of winning this. First up last time in, he didn’t quite get past Varda, who was in form and rock-hard fit, so he had excuses. He goes great at the Randwick 1200m,and has had a good trial leading up to this. He has drawn wide as well under Tommy Berry, so he too is likely to go forward, but again, with little to no speed in the race, he might get a picnic of it in front and prove just a little too good.

Roheryn comes into this with fitness on his side and gets back to his favourite track, where he has won three of nine. He was super at the Gold Coast last start, coming from a mile back to flash into third behind Jonker. He beat home Chauffeur, who has since franked the form – albeit in weaker grade – with a win at Ipswich. Of the main chances, the Lonhro gelding has drawn best of all in barrier three for Jason Collett, who will be able to sit off the pace and come with a withering burst late. He’s fit and in form, and we get a good each-way price.

Best bets for 2021 Southern Cross Stakes – Randwick

$100 Betting Strategy
$20 each way: Southern Lad
$40 win: Masked Crusader
$10 each way: Roheryn

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