Chetwood has been confidently talked up by Godolphin as a horse to follow for the Autumn and Sportsbet.com.au punters believe he can start 2017 on the right by winning the Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
The son of Exceed And Excel took major leaps towards being a proper Group l horse in the Spring, winning a couple of Stakes races on the bounce before being tipped out. His trials leading in have been great and he appears to map quite well. He was $6.50 all in but opened $4.50 final field. The punters still thought that was overs, firming him into $4.20.
Favourite for the race is proven Group l performer Black Heart Bart, who is $2.80 out from $2.70. He holds sway ahead of Malaguerra, who despite a beaut fresh record has been easy, opening $3.80 and drifting to $4.
Darren Gauci announced his retirement this week and one of his final rides will be Sirbible, and he has had support at odds, into $26 from $34.
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