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Anamoe is all the rage to win another Group l this Saturday, with the star four year old being odds on in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
Down below is a speed map, runner preview and $100 betting strategy for the 2023 Chipping Norton Stakes.
2023 Chipping Norton Stakes Speed Map
He’s a stayer, but Knights Order did lead throughout to win fresh at the mile last prep. He and El Bodegon should press forward, provided the latter jumps clean. Anamoe will once again get the A1 run in transit in tracking the speed while Fangirl can use the inside gate to advantage.
2023 Chipping Norton Stakes Runner Preview:
1. Anamoe: Anamoe just picks himself here. Happy to be locked in at $2.15 after the Apollo win because it was just arrogant the way he put them away. I do find it funny when people point out that horses zoom past him through the line. He’s a bludger. The best bludger in the business. He does what is required and switches off. Fitter, up to the mile…it’ll be a case of good luck beating him.
2. Mo’Unga: Mo’Unga looks to me as if he’s a 2000m+ horse so like him up to the mile with the run under the belt. He resumed in the Apollo when wide throughout and although one of the first off the bit, he found the line pretty well late in the piece behind Anamoe. I doubt he turns the tables on Anamoe but should run well nonetheless, hopefully with an eye towards the Ranvet/Tancred.
3. Knights Order: Knight’s Order can pull out a decent run fresh and has the right racing pattern to give himself every chance. He resumes for GaiBott, having not raced since the Melbourne Cup when down the track in what was a proper staying contest. First trial was pretty good I thought before trialling up just fair last week. But he is a tough nut, a race day horse and will give his all.
4. Huetor: He’s a very good horse that resumes for Team Snowden and is a must for multiples. He is better suited over further but he is a gun dry tracker and has residual fitness after a good effort in The Ingham. He won’t beat Anamoe, but a must for multiples.
5. Laws Of Indices: Yet to win a race since being transferred to Annabel Neasham but that said, he’s run some ripping races. He resumed in the Apollo when on speed and fought on well but was no match late for Anamoe. Usually goes better second up, and he’s a much better dry track horse, which is what this horse will be, so he can run an improved race.
6. Stockman: Tuning up for the Tancred/Sydney Cup. He’ll be near last and finding the line in readiness for those races.
7. Arapaho: They rode him with some intent in the Apollo and he wasn’t beaten far, beaten just under three lengths. He’s a 2400m+ horse so like Stockman, look for him to find the line okay.
8. Benaud: A Nowra maiden winner that resumes in a Group l. Hearing John O’Shea speak earlier in the week, he was talking a big game with this horse in saying he can sprint well fresh. Must for multiples…madness if you back him to win though.
9. El Bodegon: He was a touch plain in the Apollo behind Anamoe I thought. Admittedly he did get back but he didn’t exactly savage the line like a coming winner. Prefer to watch and look for improvement more so than expecting him to win.
10. Montefilia: Fresh off a prep where it was all eyes on the Melbourne Cup, and with one trial under the belt for this prep, I’d say she will need the run and be gearing up for the Ranvet second up. Happy to let her go around.
11. Fangirl: The stable isn’t noted to ride them to win fresh, but fair dinkum, how bad were the tactics on this mare in the Apollo. I don’t think she would have beaten Anamoe but she should have run a clear second. Just got way too far out of her ground in a very negative ride. Any hint of initiative and she only runs well again.
12. Hinged: Flying this mare and loved the return in the Apollo. She attempted to lead throughout and gave a strong kick but was just no match late for Anamoe. Has the right racing style, better for the run. The knock being she hasn’t won since this day last year when the bob of the head went her way in the Surround. Has she forgotten how to win?
2023 Chipping Norton Stakes $100 Betting Strategy:
Best way to make money out of this race is backing $100 Place on Fangirl at $2.10. I’d be stunned if she missed top three.
Group l Strategy Outlay: $3450
Group l Strategy Return: $1873.50
2023 Chipping Norton Stakes Odds
1. Anamoe (3)
J: James Mcdonald
T: James Cummings
2. Mo’unga (11)
J: Hugh Bowman
T: Annabel Neasham
3. Knights Order (7)
J: Tim Clark
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
4. Huetor (9)
J: William Pike
T: Peter & Paul Snowden
5. Laws Of Indices (6)
J: Ryan Maloney
T: Annabel Neasham
6. Stockman (10)
J: Sam Clipperton
T: Joseph Pride
7. Arapaho (2)
J: Ms Rachel King
T: Bjorn Baker
8. Benaud (5)
J: Chad Schofield
T: John O’shea
9. El Bodegon (12)
J: Regan Bayliss
T: Chris Waller
10. Montefilia (8)
J: Dylan Gibbons
T: David Payne
11. Fangirl (1)
J: Kerrin Mcevoy
T: Chris Waller
12. Hinged (4)
J: Brenton Avdulla
T: Chris Waller
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