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2021 Telegraph Handicap Betting Tips, Preview & Odds

Last updated: 13 Jan 2021
Justin Darcy 13 Jan 2021
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  • The Telegraph Handicap is run on Saturday, January 16 at Trentham
  • Avantage is the heavy favourite
  • Justin Darcy provides his best bets
Telegraph Handicap Tips
Avantage is expected to win back-to-back Telegraph Handicaps. (Getty)

The Group One Telegraph Handicap is run during the Wellington Cup Carnival over 1200m, where we have seen some top class sprinters prove highly competitive throughout the races histroy.

Last year's winner Avantage goes into the race as a red hot favourite after winning the Railway Stakes to kick off the New Year.

See out Telegraph Handicap Tips below:

2021 Telegraph Handicap Odds

1Tavi MacAllan SharrockTroy Harris5$4.40
2Enzo's LadMichael & Matthew PitmanMchael McNab3$11
3DeerfieldChrissy BambrySam O'Malley6$31
4MascarponeTeam RogersonRyan Elliot9$12
5TobiliciousKelvin Tyler & Aimee TylerKozzi Asano11$51
6Khimar warLance RobinsonChris Johnson1$51
7New York JazzStephen RalphJasmine Fawcett8$61
8AvantageJamie RichardsDanielle Johnson10$1.65
9Spring HeatLance  O'Sullivan & Andrew ScottCraig Grylls4$13
10WekaforceTerri RaeLisa Allpress2$18
11Bugundy BelleJamie RichardsSamantha Collett7$26
Odds provided by Ladbrokes and are correct on 13/1/20

2021 Telegraph Handicap Tips

Telegraph Handicap 2021 Best Bet - Avantage

This champion Kiwi Mare has won five Group One races, including this event last year and the Railway Stakes last start, where she beat Ellerslie specialist Julius and up and coming star Levante.

Coming into this race, this looks a touch weaker than what she faced last time out, so she must be the top selection, especially having already won this race last year.

Her Group One form stands tall above this field, and her turn of foot is that of a special mare.

From gate 10, expect Danielle Johnson to take her back off midfield and look to strike as they approach the final 300m of the race.

Avantage - $1.65Telegraph Handicap Best BetBET HERE
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Telegraph Handicap 2021 Next Best Bet - Tavi Mac

If there is one danger to the favourite, it looks to be Tavi Mac who is unbeaten at Trentham and is on a three race winning streak.

Last start he was a 1.5L winner of the Manawatu Challenge Stakes, where he proved far too good for his rivals on dead ground.

Before that, he was a winner on a heavy 10 track in listed grade, where he beat rivals Burgundy Belle and Deerfield with ease.

Having not been tested at the highest level yet, we will now whether he sinks or swims against arguably New Zealand's best mare outside of Melody Belle.

Tavi Mac - $4.40Telegraph Handicap Next Best BetBET HERE
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Telegraph Handicap 2021 Value Bet - Enzo's Lad

I do not see him beating the top two in the market, but he is a two time winner of this race and a runner-up to Avantage last year.

There is no doubt he is packed with ability, but his first win in this race came three seasons ago, so arguably his best is behind him, but he does not need to be at his best to place here.

He loves Trentham and  although out of form, we saw Julius place at Group One level who's form read similar to this boy.

58.5kg suits where he is not weighted out of it so do not be shocked to see him figure somewhere in second or third spot.

Enzo's Lad - $11Telegraph Handicap Value BetBET HERE
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Telegraph Handicap FAQs

Is the Telegraph Handicap run under handicap conditions?

No, the race is run under WFA conditions at Group One level, but the registered name of the race is the Telegraph Handicap.

Who is the best bet in the Telegraph Handicap?

We are siding with champion mare Avantage in the telegraph Handicap.

When is the Telegraph Handicap?

The 2021 Telegraph Handicap will be run on January 16, 2021.

How can I live stream the Telegraph Handicap?

Check out our live streaming hub to see how you can live stream the Telegraph Handicap.


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