The 2011 Herbert Power Stakes form guide is far from the easiest one you’ll do all spring with the large number of internationals making things tough to decipher especially given they’re first up in Australia.
The three horses in question sit at the top of the field in the form of Bauer for Luca Cumani and the duo of Moyenne Corniche and Saptapadi for Brian Ellison.
These horses are here for the 2011 Melbourne Cup but the 2011 Herbert Power Stakes is a truly vital event if they wish to make an impact on the race that stops the nation.
They’re not going to have it all their own way though and there are a flurry of Aussie trained horses ready to keep them from the title.
These are the horses we think will be battling it out for the 2011 Herbert Power Stakes title and the ones you should be watching.
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2011 Herbert Power Stakes Form Guide
Won last start over 2800m back in England on September 3rd, he should still be carrying a bit of fitness but you have to ask how much is left in the tank for the nine year old veteran.
Also won last start in England over 2800m, his race back on August 20. Only won twice from 25 starts though with a further nine placings.
Only won the single career race but has been consistent in 2011 including three fifth placings last start in the Ebor Handicap. His win was over this trip so watch out.
Lucky Eighty Eight
Great winning record of six wins from 17 starts and great performance to run third to December Draw last time out. Well and truly one of the leading Aussies.
This horse keeps threatening and threatening but just quite get there on the day. Seems to be looking for the 2400m though and this could be his chance.
Another horse with a good win rate packing five from 10 as a four year old mare. First time to the 2400m but comes in off a solid win across 1800m at Caulfield.
Kiwi horse that was good across the ditch and has continued to be solid in Australia. Fourth over 2000m at Flemington and fifth over 2500m in the Bart Cummings, could be a go.
Six from 12 is a great staying record but this is a real test against this opposition. Can run the trip as proved by winning over 2500m at Moonee Valley last time out. Favourite and deserved.
Improving type for Robert Smerdon and the lone horse carrying his Cup’s ambitions. You know he’ll be presented in top shape then and he can run a race over 2400m.
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