Saturday’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington heralds the return of gun three-year-old sprinters Star Turn and Flying Artie.
Both colts had superb springs, with Star Turn ($4.80) taking out the Group 3 San Domenico and the Group 2 Schilacci Stakes, while Flying Artie ($4.60) is so far undefeated as a three-year-old, winning both the Group 3 Blue Saphire and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Both are part of a high calibre generation of sprinters that also includes Astern and Extreme Choice, with both Star Turn and Extreme choice already having beaten the older horses.
Despite the clear ability of both colts, punters are giving them the swerve and are instead coming for Spieth ($5.00). The Bryce Heys-trained entire is clearly ahead in the betting in terms of both money staked and bets placed. The last time he stepped out was back in November in the Group 1 Darley Classic, where he finished a close second behind Malaguerra.
Second in line in the betting is the lightly raced five-year-old, Supido ($8.00). The Mick Kent-trained galloper’s last run was back in May where he ran third in the Goodwood, beaten less than a length by Black Heart Bart, which stacks up nicely. Supido is also undefeated down the Flemington straight and has won four of five starts first up.
Finally, there have also been plenty of nibbles at the Quarterback ($16), who’s great record at Flemington is making for a nice each-way option for punters.