Every race that will spell SuperCoach glory – NEWS.com.au

Every race that will spell SuperCoach glory  NEWS.com.au

A new SuperCoach Racing season is approaching and here is a rundown of every Group 1 race in every round and which horses to look out for.

Winning the Group 1s are the key to success in SuperCoach Racing.

Here are every Group 1 race across the eight rounds, and the equine stars who are set to feature.

ROUND 1 (OCTOBER 2): FLEMINGTON AND RANDWICK

The SuperCoach Racing season kicks off with four Group 1 races (three at Randwick and one at Flemington). The Turnbull Stakes at Flemington is generally a lead-up race to the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and Cox Plate, while the Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan are usually very open events. Those three races will eat into your salary cap, so the Flight Stakes for the fillies will provide much-needed relief.

EPSOM HANDICAP, GROUP 1 (1600m)

Horses to watch: Ayrton ($225k), Mo’unga ($375k), Private Eye ($225k), Think It Over ($450k)

THE METROPOLITAN, GROUP 1 (2400m)

Horses to watch: She’s Ideel ($350k), Harpo Marx ($225k), Heart Of Puissance ($225k), Spirit Ridge ($375k)

FLIGHT STAKES, GROUP 1 (1600m)

Horses to watch: Four Moves Ahead ($200k), She’s All Class ($200k), Jamaea ($200k), Zouzarella ($150k)

TURNBULL STAKES HANDICAP, GROUP 1 (2000m)

Horses to watch: Verry Elleegant ($500k), Colette ($450k), Dawn Patrol ($300k), Incentivise ($200k)

ROUND 2 (OCTOBER 9): CAULFIELD AND RANDWICK

Caulfield Guineas Day is one of the biggest race days on the calendar. There are three Group 1s at Caulfield, while the Randwick meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes. The Caulfield Guineas and Spring Champion Stakes, which are both for three-year-olds, are the races to target. The Toorak Handicap and Might And Power Stakes are the other Group 1 features.

CAULFIELD GUINEAS, GROUP 1 (1600m)

Horses to watch: Artorius ($175k), Anamoe ($225k), Converge ($175k), Captivant ($300k)

MIGHT AND POWER STAKES, GROUP 1 (2000m)

Horses to watch: Zaaki ($450k), Sir Dragonet ($500k), Superstorm ($325k), Inspirational Girl ($350k)

TOORAK HANDICAP, GROUP 1 (1600m)

Horses to watch: Probabeel ($475k), Behemoth ($450k), Elephant ($200k), Keiai Nautique ($350k)

SPRING CHAMPION STAKES, GROUP 1 (2000m)

Horses to watch: Profondo ($50k), Giannis ($125k), Silent Impact ($150k), Alegron ($125k)

ROUND 3 (OCTOBER 16): CAULFIELD AND RANDWICK

There are just two Group 1 races but they’re big ones – the Caulfield Cup and The Everest at Randwick (The Everest is a Group 1 for the purpose of SuperCoach Racing). Most of the fancied runners are likely to be at the higher end of the price scale, so any quality three-year-olds (think 2019 Everest winner Yes Yes Yes) will be invaluable.

CAULFIELD CUP, GROUP 1 (2400m)

Horses to watch: Incentivise ($200k), Explosive Jack ($350k), Mount Popa ($325k), Spanish Mission ($450k)

THE EVEREST (1200m)

Horses to watch: Nature Strip ($500k), Masked Crusader ($450k), Classique Legend ($500k), Lost And Running ($300k), Rothfire ($325k)

ROUND 4 (OCTOBER 23): MOONEE VALLEY

The Valley is the first standalone meeting of the SuperCoach Racing season. The Cox Plate is the ultimate weight-for-age showpiece (horses carry a set weight according to its age and sex). The Friday night Manikato Stakes program has been removed from this round.

COX PLATE, GROUP 1 (2040m)

Horses to watch: Zaaki ($450k), Verry Elleegant ($500k), Gold Trip ($175k), Anamoe ($225k)

ROUND 5 (OCTOBER 30): FLEMINGTON AND ROSEHILL

The start of a hectic week of SuperCoach Racing with four rounds crammed into eight days over the Flemington carnival. Derby Day is arguably the biggest day of the year with four Group 1s on a program of all-Group racing – the Victoria Derby (three-year-old stayers), Coolmore Stud Stakes (three-year-old sprinters), Empire Rose Stakes (fillies and mare) and Cantala Stakes (middle-distance gallopers). Adding to a monster day, at Rosehill the Golden Eagle is also worth Group 1 points.

VRC DERBY, GROUP 1 (2500m)

Horses to watch: Converge ($175k), Tutukaka ($125k), Aktolgali ($125k), Cheerful Moment ($125k)

COOLMORE STUD STAKES, GROUP 1 (1200m)

Horses to watch: Profiteer ($175k), Ingratiating ($200k), Acrobat ($175k), Artorius ($175k)

EMPIRE ROSE STAKES, GROUP 1 (1600m)

Horses to watch: Probabeel ($475k), Tofane ($475k), Hungry Heart ($350k), Krone ($400k)

CANTALA STAKES, GROUP 1 1600m)

Horses to watch: Keiai Nautique ($350k), Aegon ($350k), Cascadian ($425k), Elephant ($200k)

GOLDEN EAGLE (1500m)

Horses to watch: Ayrton ($225k), Mo’unga ($275k), I’m Thunderstruck ($200k), Private Eye ($225k)

ROUND 6 (NOVEMBER 2): FLEMINGTON

The eyes of the nation will be on the Melbourne Cup. It’s the only Group 1 on the card but it’s also the toughest and most wide-open race in SuperCoach. How many Cup runners will you be prepared to select? Getting it right will be crucial to your overall score.

MELBOURNE CUP, GROUP 1 (3200m)

Horses to watch: Incentivise ($200k), Sir Lucan ($400k), Spanish Mission (450k), Dawn Patrol ($300k), Realm Of Flowers ($300k), Sonnyboyliston ($350k), Twilight Payment ($425k), Explosive Jack ($350k), Amade ($300k)

ROUND 7 (NOVEMBER 4): FLEMINGTON

The Oaks for three-year-old fillies is the sole Group 1 on Ladies’ Day, so load up. There’s going to be a lot of cash left over in your cap.

VRC OAKS, GROUP 1 (2500m)

Horses to watch: Four Moves Ahead ($225k), Gonnadancealot ($150k), Biscayne Bay ($175k), El Patroness ($75k)

ROUND 8 (NOVEMBER 6): FLEMINGTON

The final round of SuperCoach Racing concludes with two Group 1 races – the weight-for-age Mackinnon Stakes and the VRC Sprint Classic for open sprinters. There’s plenty of points up for grabs to swoop home and win your league.

SPRINT CLASSIC, GROUP 1 (1200m)

Horses to watch: Nature Strip ($500k), Lost And Running ($300k), September Run ($400k), Eduardo ($475k)

MACKINNON STAKES, GROUP 1 (2000m)

Horses to watch: Zaaki ($450k), Verry Elleegant ($500k) Inspirational Girl ($350k), Sir Dragonet ($500k)

Originally published as SuperCoach Racing 2021: Every round and Group 1 race for the 2021 spring carnival