The sound of the start gun won't be the only thing popping off come Tuesday noon...
As 17 bottles of fizz take to the track and begin lining up in their start boxes for the race which stops the nation, our resident LB expert punter has selected his top six picks of sparkling wine, prosecco and champagne from the field. These are the runners we recommend you back this Tuesday with each having qualified for a position at Flemington after performing favourably in our Birthday Sale Stakes racing event.
Which will you put your money behind?
De Bortoli Prosecco
This prosecco gelding trained by De Bortoli Wines on a local King Valley track, performs well across the larger domestic races. With his jockey dressed in stylish blue and white silks, watch for this closer to set a fast tempo upfront early before holding off the competition in the final leg. A good chance on Tuesday.
A very young prosecco foal bred from MadFish’s stables in Margaret River set to take to the track in her first ever major race. Dressed in a beige saddle cloth with pink, red and green polka dots and a crown cap, she's a front-runner from the gun who really opens the field up when track conditions are ideal. Back this prosecco for a good punt in the sun when the track is dry.
Veuve Clicquot Brut
A mature French thoroughbred champagne primed for another cup victory after consistently placing in all its recent international races. Veuve Clicquot represents the perfect balance between power and finesse, with her saddle cloth and jockey dressed in bright yellow silks and a gold cap, this mare has certainly developed into a consistent stayer who should make a bold showing. Obviously, a contender to back at the bookies.
Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut NV
This stallion from Reims will be carrying the polish from one of the most experienced champagne stables in the world out of France. A race day favourite and arguably the most widely recognised of all the bottles out of the gate this Tuesday. A champion thoroughbred in Moet & Chandon, he and his jockey will be clad in beige silks and gold cap with a black star and will be difficult to catch once they really open up the field. Expect to see this boy coming into a strong gallop through the last turn.
Pete’s Pure Prosecco
Prepared by renowned local trainer Scott Rawlinson at his Euston stables near Wentworth in New South Wales, this yearling prosecco colt comes from a strong lineage in a 12yo vine and is a fierce two-miler. With his saddle cloth and jockey fitted in translucent green silks with white detailing, Pete’s Pure runs in a very simplistic gate, carrying the scent of freshly clipped grass flying in the breeze as the field comes thundering down the final stretch. A bookie favourite provided the skies are clear.
Veuve Moisans Brut
A young filly sparkler bred from the Loire Valley in France. Veuve Moisans' European form indicates a significant field threat in the wet or dry and she will perform typical of a solid closer amidst an on-pacer’s track. In orange silks with a gold cap, she will be carrying 750mls on Tuesday, the money is on for this filly who we expect to at least place on the race that stops the nation.
Good luck out there punters...