Will The United States Triumph In Australia’s Super Saturday Meet?

Can Irish-bred 6-year-old colt The United States beat the favorites in this weekend's G1 Australian Cup, a major race in the Super Saturday meet at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne? Along with the G1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap, the Australian Cup is one of nine races scheduled for Super Saturday, which features an all “black type” program, $3.9 million AUD ($2.9 million) in prizes and is the biggest racing day in Melbourne this autumn in Australia.

Kicking off at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 11th (8:40 p.m. EST or 5:40 p.m. PST on Friday, March 10th) with the G3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, run over 7f, Super Saturday's other eight races include two G2 races as well as the headlining G1 Australian Cup and G1 Newmarket Handicap.  

The Newmarket Handicap
The Newmarket Handicap features 13 of the season's best sprinters competing for a $1.25 million AUD ($950,000) purse down the famous six-furlong straight at Flemington. The race runs at 3:50 p.m. local time on March 11th (11:50 p.m. EST or 8:50 p.m. PST on Friday, March 10th). Historic winners of the Newmarket include the legendary Black Caviar, whose undefeated 25-race record included a 2011 Newmarket win at Flemington, and Miss Pennymoney, who set a race record of 1:07:16 in 2000.

The key lead-up fixture for the Newmarket is the G1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, which has produced four Newmarket winners between 2012 and 2015. Also held at Flemington over six furlongs every February, this year's Black Caviar Lightning Stakes winner Terravista has odds of 11/1 to also win the Newmarket.

However, race favorite is Spieth, who placed second in both the Lightning Stakes and in the G1 Darley Classic last November, and is a specialist down the Flemington straight. The 4-year-old has odds of 12/5. Terravista will also have to beat Extreme Choice, whose 5/1 odds follow the 3-year-old colt's victory in last year's G1 Blue Diamond Stakes and G1 Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes in September 2016.

The Australian Cup
Super Saturday will climax with the Australian Cup, run over 1¼ miles at 4:35 p.m. in Melbourne on March 11th (12:35 p.m. EST, or 9:35 p.m. PST on Friday, March 10th). Boasting a purse of $1.5 million AUD ($1.14 million), the cup features the season's top middle-distance, weight-for-age horses.

The Cup has a track record of 1:58:73 and previous winners include Emirates Melbourne Cup victors Fiorente (2014), Shocking (2011), Makybe Diva (2005) and most recently, the Chris Waller-trained Preferment last March.

The G2 Peter Young Stakes is the key lead-up race for the Australian Cup and this year's winner on Feb. 27th, Stratum Star currently has 5/1 odds to win at Flemington. The 5-year-old horse, trained by Darren Weir, also won the 2016 G1 Kingston Town Classic.

Despite his wins, Stratum Star isn't the Australian Cup favorite. The horses with the joint-best odds to win at Flemington are Jameka, the 4-year-old Ciaron Maher-trained mare who won both the G1 Caulfield Stakes and the G1 Turnbull Stakes last October, and Humidor, the 4-year-old colt who placed second in the G2 Crown Lager Peter Young Stakes last month and the G1 Livarnol Ormond Memorial back in October. Both horses have odds of 16/5.

US racing fans will be interested to see if the horse with an American name and Irish roots, The United States, manages to take the Australian Cup. At 6/1, the Robert Hickmott-trained colt is a great chance having won the G1 Ranvet States at Rosehill in Sydney last March and placing in two recent G2 races, winning the Schweppes Crystal Stakes last October and placing third in February's Crown Lager Peter Young Stakes.

American racing fans can visit Sky Racing World for free Australian past performances and race information. TVG's TV network will be broadcasting the entire meeting on TVG2 this Friday night. Racing can also be live-streamed via ADWs such as TVG,

About David Haslett

A former Managing Director of Sportech Racing, David was appointed President and CEO of Sky Racing World in April 2014. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company, a subsidiary of Australian wagering firm Tabcorp, provides Australian, New Zealand, South African and South American racing content for simulcast horse-race wagering to multiple North America-facing ADW brands and race-tracks.

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