Monday, September 22, 2008

2008 Underwood Stakes, Weekend Hussler

Another week, another Group win for the Hussler. Honestly, if he skips the Caulfield Cup I can't see the Huss going down in the Cox Plate. Your only two real threats seem likely to come from Pompeii Ruler who again stuck on nicely for second. It seems possible that the extra 200 metres might help Pompeii Ruler in the Cox Plate, though not wholly likely.

Personally, at this point I would be keener to look at Samantha Miss (and I did @$41) and Princess Coup.

As for cup runs, Littorio has just been rubber stamped (along with Maybe Better) as my Melbourne Cup Horse. For the second race in succession, Littorio has flashed home like a horse that is looking for the extra ground.

Zarita again caught the eye with a pleasing run for 5th. What was really nice to see was that BIG Z showed that it didn't have to run on-pace to put in a flattering performance. Honestly, I have reservations that big Z will stay 3200 meters. However, that does not mean that a couple of sneaky $$ @ $61 to win the Melbourne Cup would be foolish.

Maldivian will be rock hard fit for the Caulfield Cup (Which should be his target now) after yet another hard on-pace run. Honestly, can't see him turning the tables at Cox Plate time and it would have to be time to think about the Cups.


Captain Carnage said...

Littorio officially gets a big Caulfield Cup tick from the Captain. Still loathe to take a 4.y.o to win the Melbourne Cup. I reckon Zarita will get two miles. I definitely think the Cox might be a bit closer than people think.

Professor Chaos said...

Yep. I am thoroughly smashing Littorio at some point in this campaign. If big Z gets the 2 miles then it has to be a chance. It is paying $61 so I can see us at flemmo yelling for the big Z!!!!!!!