Star Sprinters Set To Scorch

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World class sprinters Lankan Rupee, Terravista, Chautauqua and Brazen Beau are primed for battle in the $1m Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the ‘straight six’ at Flemington on Saturday.

The 'Big 4' are the highest rated horses in the Open Handicap which dates back to 1874. Just a few months ago at the Melbourne Spring Carnival, Terravista beat home Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee in the Darley Sprint Classic over the same course and distance.

The 'Big 4'

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Lankan Rupee (5yo, 58.5kg)

Terravista (5yo, 56.5kg)

Trainer: Mick Price

Jockey: Craig Newitt

Trainer: Joe Pride

Jockey: Hugh Bowman

Record: 21: 11-3-3

Stakes: $3,975,510

Record: 13: 9-1-0

Stakes: $1,168,505

Barrier: 9

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Barrier: 1

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Chautauqua (4yo, 55.5kg)

Brazen Beau (3yo, 52kg)

Trainer: M,W,J Hawkes

Jockey: Dwayne Dunn

Trainer: Chris Waller

Jockey: Joao Moreira

Record: 11: 5-4-0

Stakes: $687,500

Record: 9: 4-3-0

Stakes: $802,825

Barrier: 3

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Barrier: 5

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The last time the three older horses met was at weight-for-age and all three carried 58.5kg under that scale. Meantime, the other member of the 'Big 4', Brazen Beau, was competing against his own age group, beating fellow three-year-olds in the Group 2 Roman Consul and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Now, the time has come for the son of I Am Invincible to step up and face the big boys on the big stage.

Under handicap conditions, Brazen Beau gets 6.5kg less than Lankan Rupee, 4.5kg less than Terravista and 3.5kg less than Chautauqua. That's pretty handy for a top flight youngster with plenty of scope. He's also had one run back this campaign, finishing almost three-lengths behind Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) three weeks ago.

Chautauqua has also had the benefit of a lead-up run this time, a determined victory in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) almost a month ago. The son of Encosta de Lago gets a 3kg turnaround in the weights compared to Lankan Rupee after beating him home in the Darley Sprint. He also and meets Terravista 1kg better following a 0.2 length defeat. That day, the handsome grey stormed home from ninth at the 400m mark to just fall short on the line.

Terravista gets a 2kg weight relief on Lankan Rupee for beating him by almost a length in the Darley. The gelding is also first up, which has yielded the powerful son of Captain Rio four wins from as many fresh starts.

All this means we're in for a great race and you might just need the Tatts Stats to work out your selection!


Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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