2017 McEwen Stakes Tips & Betting Preview

September 8th, 2017

Seven sprinters will step out in Saturday’s Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at The Valley; offering punters terrific value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Russian Revolution is our tip to win Saturday's Group 2 McEwen Stakes at The Valley. Photo: Steve Hart

Russian Revolution is our tip to win Saturday’s Group 2 McEwen Stakes at The Valley. Photo: Steve Hart

Houtzen will resume in the Group 2 feature and remains a clear $2.60 favourite in 2017 McEwen Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Russian Revolution ($3.60) and Heatherly ($6).

Will Houtzen justify favouritism and win the 2017 McEwen Stakes, or will one of her rivals post an upset?


Russian Revolution ($3.60)

Group 1 winner Russian Revolution is a proven first-up performer, is arguably the class horse of this field and should prove extremely difficult to beat in the McEwen Stakes. Winning each of his first four starts upon debuting last spring, the Snitzel entire resumed in autumn this year for a tough win in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. Progressing to a credible sixth in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), Russian Revolution was last seen running on for fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on May 13th. The horse has trialled well in the lead-up to this race and will be partnered by Mark Zahra from the ideal barrier 4.


Hellbent ($8)

Classy sprinter Hellbent found terrific form and posted several smart results through the recent Autumn Carnival and enjoys racing at The Valley. The winner of several good races while under the care of Canberra trainer Kurt Goldman, the I Am Invincible entire resumed for Darren Weir this year for third in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m), before finishing fourth in both the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m). Pacing an agonizingly-close second behind Silent Sedition in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on March 24th, Hellbent is reportedly flying and will have plenty of early options in the McEwen Stakes from the rails draw.


Houtzen ($2.60)

On the pace that she showed as a two-year-old, Houtzen should be fighting out the finish of the McEwen Stakes, but it is tough to say how she will come back as a three-year-old. A dominant winner of her first two starts upon debuting in December, the I Am Invincible filly flew home to win the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on January 14th, and resumed in March for a dominant four length win in an Eagle Farm minor over 1000m; carrying 63kgs and breaking several records. Last seen finishing fifth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), Houtzen has trialled well in the lead-up to her return and is primed for a big run.

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