Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Paul Preusker believes his star stayer Surprise Baby can secure a start in the Cox Plate

Trainer Paul Preusker believes his star stayer Surprise Baby can secure a start in the Cox Plate by winning the only race which carries a golden ticket into it, the Group Two Feehan Stakes at The Valley.

Preusker said even if Surprise Baby didn’t win he wanted to see enough to justify running him in a Cox Plate as a lead-in to the Melbourne Cup, for which he is favourite.

Surprise Baby hasn’t started since he finished fifth in last year’s Melbourne Cup when he flew home and was beaten just under a length.

Last year, Surprise Baby finished an unlucky fourth over 1600 metres in the Feehan Stakes and the trainer believes he is a better horse this time around.

“He’s going lovely. He’ll go to the races a more furnished product than last year,” Preusker said.

“This is what we’ve been waiting for for him. It’s going to be exciting to see him back.

“If he doesn’t run up to how I think he will he’ll follow the same path as last year to the 2020 Melbourne Cup. The result will dictate what path he takes.”

If Surprise Baby doesn’t run up to Preusker’s expectations on Saturday, he will have his final run before the Melbourne Cup in a race he won last year, The Bart Cummings at Flemington on October 3.

Preusker only has to look at last year’s Feehan Stakes result to know a stayer can win the race first-up.

Homesman hadn’t started since he finished second in the Caulfield Cup 12 months earlier when he claimed it fresh last spring.

Saturday will also be the first time Craig Williams rides Surprise Baby in a race.

The horses’ owners decided to offer Williams first right of refusal to partner him in the Melbourne Cup and he has replaced regular jockey Jordan Childs.

Williams also has first option for the Cup ride on the horse he won aboard last year, Vow And Declare.

The top jockey made the trip to Horsham to familiarise himself with Surprise Baby in a gallop on Tuesday.

Preusker was thrilled with the horse’s work in which he sat off stablemates Lunar Fox and Admire Robson and sprinted past them in the straight to win by four lengths easing up.

Preusker said Surprise Baby had some quirks and he thought it would make a difference that Williams had been on board him before a race.

The trainer will be chasing his second win in the Feehan Stakes having claimed it two years ago with Magic Consul.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. Tโ€™s & Cโ€™s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Punter collects $101,375 from $500 racing multi bet

One TAB punter has enjoyed a terrific afternoon of racing after pocketing $101,375 from a $500 four-leg multi. The TAB...

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was raced at...

George Main Stakes results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 George Main Stakes. The George Main Stakes was raced at Randwick racecourse...

Racing twitter fuming over Melbourne Cup weight penalty

Racing fans on twitter are fuming after a European stayer received a hefty weight penalty which would secure the horse...

Punter eyeing $340,000 collect on The Everest

A TAB punter is hoping that the Joe Pride-trained Eduardo can secure a slot in the worldโ€™s richest race on...

Multiple G1 winning jockey to retire early

Group One-winning jockey James Winks has announced his retirement from the saddle on medical advice. The 36-year-old revealed the news...

Racing Victoria wants to ban the whip

Racing Victoria has announced today that it is seeking national action on a whip reform in Australian thoroughbred racing prior...

Watch ๐Ÿ“บ Jockey decides to jump off horse mid race

You have to watch this race from Parx racecourse the other day. Parx is a course in Pennsylvania in the...

Melbourne Cup winner Subzero dies

Subzero, the 1992 Melbourne Cup winner who achieved even greater recognition in retirement, has died at the age of 32....

Watch ๐Ÿ“บ Terry Bailey calls an absolute howler

Race caller Terry Bailey will be wishing he could have his time again after going the early crow with confidence...

Pet food pit stop proves costly for apprentice jockey

A difficult week for apprentice Tom Sherry got even worse at Randwick when he was fined $1000 by stewards for...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

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