20/1 Pop Set To Cause Boilover In Manikato Stakes Meeting Opener

The Group 1 Manikato Stakes is the feature race on the card from Moonee Valley on Friday evening and we can kick off the meeting with a 20/1 boilover in Race 1 on the card where recent 20 length trial winner Darabad gets in on the minimum.

Moonee Valley R1 #7 Darabad 21.00 / 7.00
– superbly bred lightly tried staying prospect by Dansili out of the G1 winning Selkirk mare Daryakana
– female line represents the world renowned Aga Khan breeding establishment
– dam won G1 Hong Kong Cup along with 2 other wins at G2 level in France over 2400m and 2500m
– looks to have finally acclimatized to Aus conditions winning a trial at Cranbourne by 20 lengths
– winner at Listed level in France at Clairefontaine in August 2016 over 2400m on good to firm going, form stacks up strongly
– looks a decent quality stakes performing stayer on the make with good scope for more to come being a relatively lightly tried staying prospect
– gets in on the minimum with only 55kg as a proven stakes winning stayer
– overall this is not the strongest race for the purse on offer (120K), wont take the strongest effort to win
– goes around at the big each way odds of 21.00 / 7.00, back each way with some level of confidence
– looks a superb Place betting prospect from a value perspective at the 7.00 on offer despite only 2 place dividends

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