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Villiers Stakes preview

The highlight of summer racing in Sydney is the Villiers Stakes. Tasked with the preview is Mitch Fenton.

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Villiers Stakes Randwick, G2, 1600m
1615 local time, 0515 GMT

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The most reliable guide to the Gr2 Villiers has always been the Festival Stakes.

I’m going to stick with that form line; here’s the horses who ran in the Festival, running today.

1 I'm Imposing (55.5) 20-1
2 [0.1] Estonian Princess (54) 7-1
3 [0.3] Strawberry Boy (57.5) 6-1
5 [1.7] Sir Moments (56) 11-2
6 [2.5] Multilateral (54) 60-1
7 [3.8] Scream Machine (56) 20-1
8 [4.3] Aomen (58.5) 30-1
11 [6.8] Monton (60) 16-1
12 [8.0] Keep Cool (54) 80-1

Out of all those runs in the Festival, Strawberry Boy was a clear top pick for mine.

He worked very hard out in front with his 1500m to 600m times and was 3L quicker than the average. He was entitled to drop out of the race but instead he fought on doggedly. Jim Cassidy goes on today (Is there a better front running jockey around??)

There doesn’t look to be any speed on paper at all, so “Pumper” should be able to dictate terms. He loves the wet also, so that’s not an issue. VERY HARD TO BEAT!

I’M IMPOSING, ESTONIAN PRINCESS, SIR MOMENTS and MULTILATERAL also ran nice races in the Festival. There’s where the chances end for mine. Can’t entertain any of the others, except for Rose of Peace who is very progressive and might well improve sharply.

I’ll be backing 3 in the race;
STRAWBERRY BOY @ $6 win bet
MULTILATERAL @ $26 each way bet
I’M IMPOSING @ $13 each way.

I’m also going to box up STRAWBERRY BOY, ESTONIAN PRINCESS, SIR MOMENTS, MULTILATERAL & I’M IMPOSING in a first 4 as well.

BEST BETS: STRAWBERRY BOY the win and MULTILATERAL each way

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