Go Indy Go and Scratch Me Lucky are the 2014 Champagne Stakes tips of leading form expert Dominic Beirne and he believes that he could not own a ticket on favourite Peggy Jean at her current price.
Go Indy Go will be having her first race start in Sydney, after performing well in the Listed Cinderella Stakes (1050m), Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 South Australian Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) in Adelaide, and Beirne believes that the Bernardini filly compares favorably to other horses, like Yosei and Toorak Toff, who came from juvenile races in Adelaide before running well in the Champagne Stakes.
“I looked at Go Indy Go from the perspective of the other decent horses that have come up from Adelaide and come up here for this race,” Beirne told RSN this morning.
“Go Indy Go is better on the face of it than Yosei at this stage and is lower, but not by much, than Toorak Toff.
“The Toorak Toff year was not a strong Champagne Stakes, but this is the weakest one that I have ever seen.
“I think that Go Indy Go will probably start closer to $5 tomorrow.”
There is very little pace in the 2014 Champagne Stakes field, with extreme outside Unknown Destiny expected to take up the running in the early stages of the race, and Beirne believes that Peggy Jean will settle towards the tail of the field like she did when she won the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 12.
Beirne revealed that he feels that Peggy Jean is well under the odds at her current quote because of the expected tempo, but admitted that that the sub-standard nature of the Group 1 event means that he would not be surprised by any result.
“Peggy Jean has got a slowly run race tomorrow and has got to come from last; he will be taking it back in the field,” Beirne said
“You just can’t own a ticket on her.
“Scratch Me Lucky is the one that is going to get a soft run, but it has been a fillies year.
“I think that the big odds that some of the bookies are betting for Scratch Me Lucky is extravagant.
“I am not prepared to dismiss anything much, except the bottom one of cause, and I think that the rest of the race there is an argument for every runner.”
Peggy Jean ($3) is currently on top of 2014 Champagne Stakes betting markets from Veuvelicious ($3.30), Bachman ($5) and Go Indy Go ($6).