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Australia Stakes 2021 Betting Tips, Best Bets & Preview

  • The 2021 Group Two Australia Stakes is run on Friday night
  • This feature is worth $200,000 and is run at Moonee Valley
  • Justin Darcy provides his best bets
Australia Stakes Betting Tips
Viridine looks the hardest to beat in Friday night's Australia Stakes. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 21 Jan 2021
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The 2021 Australia Stakes will be run at Moonee Valley racecourse on Friday, January 22 where our best bets are available below.

With a purse of $200,000, this sprinting event may be small, but there is some fire power in it with Group One winner Streets Of Avalon heading the weights from short priced favourite Viridine and veteran galloper Widgee Turf.

2021 Australia Stakes Odds

1Streets Of AvalonS. NicholsZ. Spain4$5
2Widgee TurfP. PayneB. Egan6$9
3ViridineJ. CummingsD. Oliver3$1.85
4Arcadia PrinceA. McDonaldJ. Childs2$15
5TavisanM. Price & M. Kent JrJ. Kah5$6.50
6NeighbourhoodE. JusofovicM. Dee1$12
Odds are provided by Sportsbet. Correct on January 20, 12pm

2021 Australia Stakes Tips

Australia Stakes 2021 Best Bet - Viridine

This great little sprinter was good first-up at Rosehill when third in the Starlight behind Invictus Salute where he went around as a $5.50 chance.

Last start, he went to Eagle Farm where he finished fourth in the Falvelon behind Roheryn and The Odyssey, two subsequent Magic Millions performers.

Viridine now comes back to Melbourne third-up, where although he has never won at his stage of the campaign, is by far the best sprinter in this event.

Although his Moonee Valley record isn't great, this Godolphin gelding has contested in some high level races whereas this is more the type of even that's well within his grasp.

Australia Stakes 2021 Next Best Bet - Tavisan

This boy loves Moonee Valley, having only missed a top three finish once from five attempts.

The son of Tavistock performed well at his first two runs for the campaign when finishing third in the Doveton and second in an Open Handicap behind the Standish winner Sirius Suspect.

Despite performing well below average last start, we'll forgive that run for now, coming into the Australia Stakes off a freshen-up.

Tavisan should take up the running with Streets Of Avalon and this small field where it looks likely to develop into a sprint home for the on-pace runners, he should get every chance.

Australia Stakes 2021 Value Bet - Neighbourhood

If for some reason the leaders decide to make this a contest over the final 800m, this mare is the one that has the x-factor to finish over the top.

She has been solid this prep, with a fourth in the Linlithgow and a third in the Heffernan at Sandown, both deeper affairs to what's on offer here.

Neighbourhood was below her best in the Standish, although still not far away from the winner but just a little flat-footed.

Off a 19 day break and into a small field where she won't be far off them, this five-year-old is the pick of the outside chances in the 2021 Australia Stakes.

Australia Stakes FAQs

What time is the Australia Stakes?

The Australia Stakes will be run at 8pm on Friday night.

Where is the Australia Stakes held?

The Australia Stakes is held at Moonee Valley racecourse over 1200m.

Who is the best bet in the Australia Stakes?

We are with Viridine on top from Tavisan and Neighbourhood.

How can I live stream the Australia Stakes?

Check out our live streaming hub to see how you can live stream the Australia Staks.



We will be backing Viridine in this race and saving on Tavisan.

Neighbourhood has some claims for those chasing one at a price.

Best Bet: Viridine To Win @-117.65 at BetMGM - 15 Units
Next Best Bet: Tavisan To Win @500.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 4 Units
Value Bet: Neighbourhood Each-Way @1100.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 2 Units

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