$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.

Godolphin colt Exosphere faces the biggest test of his career as he attempts to graduate to the big time in the TJ Smith Stakes.

The $2.5 million sprint shapes as Exosphere’s chance to go from star three-year-old to genuine weight-for-age horse.

Exosphere

Exosphere

Bookmakers believe he is ready and have made him the $2.70 favourite to win the race at Randwick on Saturday.

To do so, he will have to turn the tables on Chautauqua, rated a $3.40 chance to win back-to-back TJ Smiths.

“We’re looking forward to everyone seeing what he can do,” Godolphin trainer John O’Shea said.

Exosphere had his final hit-out in a track gallop over 1000m on Wednesday.

O’Shea said the work was leisurely but impressive.

“That’s exactly what I wanted him to do,” O’Shea said.

Exosphere’s first test under weight-for-age conditions came in his last start, the Lightning Stakes at Flemington in February, where he finished fourth in a six-horse field.

Chautauqua won that race with a blistering finish, but O’Shea has seen improvement in Exosphere.

“He’s fit and well and there’s no question that he’s come on a lot since returning from Melbourne,” O’Shea said.

“He’s bright in himself, his coat has improved, we’re all very pleased with him.”

While he hasn’t raced competitively since the defeat at Flemington seven weeks ago, Exosphere won a barrier trial at Randwick on March 18.

“His trial at Randwick the other day showed us he was in very good shape and his work this morning confirmed that,” O’Shea said.

“We all know what a turn of foot he has and he showed in his Roman Consul win at Randwick last spring that he is right at home there.”

O’Shea said he had no problem with Exosphere drawing barrier four, but indicated the colt would be ridden more positively on Saturday.

“I think you’ll find he’ll settle a bit closer to the pace than last time,” O’Shea said.

Outside the two main hopes, Gai Waterhouse-trained filly English is a $9 chance, with Lightning Stakes runner-up Terravista on the next line of betting at $15.

 
$501 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up and get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonus bets*
Racecourse: Randwick
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $250*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $501*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first deposit
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Barrier attendant stood down over horse punch

A barrier attendant who appeared to strike a racehorse in Tasmania has been stood down pending a stewards’ inquiry. Video...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.