Brenton Avdulla has Nice Lineup for Day One of The Championships
Win a few, lose a few.
Brenton Avdulla has a seat of the favourite Kementari for Saturday’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile, so that would be one of the wins.
In the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes, Avdulla is riding Showtime out of the 14th barrier. At $61, Showtime is going to have to put on the show of a lifetime to win or place, so that would be one of the losses.
Avdulla has seven rides booked for day one of The Championships and it would seem that Kementari is his best chance.
His first ride will be in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100 m) a set-weight affair for two-year-olds, aboard Vendome. That horse carries an $11 quote on Ladbrokes. Riding juveniles can often prove tricky. Just ask Hugh Bowman who went down on Performer in the early part of March.
Avdulla will get his brush with uncertainty out of the way quickly, at least.
His next engagement will be in race two, where he is piloting Chris Waller’s Sambro in the Group 3 China Horse Club Carbine Club Stakes (1600 m), a race for three-year-olds. Sambro is currently at $8.50 and has shortened by close to half, having been priced at $16 when the markets opened.
Next up is the Group 3 P J Bell Stakes (1200 m) on Dyslexic for the Hawkes boys. Dyslexic is priced at $51 and we checked to make sure it was not $15.
It will be another ride for the Hawkes in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes, this time on Outrageous. That galloper is listed at $21, so a good ride could return a placing, depending on what the favourite, Oohood ($3.40) and Seabrook ($5) and a few others do.
Avdulla has a ride in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400 m) and if you are riding a staying race, Avdulla can take comfort in knowing is mount is from New Zealand, where Kris Lees’ Furore will be doing most of the work and has drawn well, (8), and is a good chance at $7.50.