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Australia Stakes 2024 Betting Tips - Colts fancied in Group 2 feature

Last updated: 24 Jan 2024
Alex Marsh 24 Jan 2024
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  • The Group 2 Australia Stakes headlines Saturday's Moonee Valley card
  • A strong field has been assembled for this 1200m feature
  • Veight heads the betting with PlayUp
  • Our preview is included below
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Autumn Carnival contenders return in Saturday's Group 2 Australia Stakes. (Getty)

The 2024 Australia Stakes will be run at Moonee Valley racecourse on Saturday, January 27 and our preview is included below.
  • 2024 Australia Stakes Tips
  • 2024 Australia Stakes Field & Odds

With a total purse of $350,000, this 1200m Group 2 event is usually full of quality and a great WFA kick off for those targeting the autumn Group 1 features.

At $2.30 with PlayUp, Veight heads the market for the 2024 Australia Stakes.

2024 Australia Stakes Tips

2024 Australia Stakes Best Bet - Veight

I wouldn't be surprised if a better quote was available late for Veight, however, the two others in single figures (Recommendation and Brave Mead) both have bigger knocks.

This colt does remind me a little of Hey Doc, another versatile McEvoy-trained galloper who was a strong miler early before switching to the sprinting caper as an older horse.

Two of his three wins have come fresh and after a somewhat plain second-up run last spring, the son of Grunt bounced with strong efforts in the Caulfield Guineas and Coolmore.

He has an in-form Damian Lane in the saddle and with all of the early speed drawn to his outside, they have plenty of options from barrier five, which is an ideal draw for him.
2024 Australia Stakes Next Best Bet - Scentify

Another galloper with a perfect first-up record is this three-year-old from the Maher & Eustace stable, who saluted at Warrnambool on debut despite not relishing a Heavy 10 track.

We gave Scentify a sniff at big odds via his return over this track/trip last spring, where he recorded an eye-catching win from the rear on what wasn't an easy card for backmarkers.

He proved that performance was no fluke with a placing here at Listed level before a third at Caulfield and in then in the Caulfield Guineas, it looked an end of prep performance.

Scentify arrives off two jump-outs and with intent to finish off via his latest over 1000m at Cranbourne, he should be forward enough fresh, although gate one could prove tricky.
2024 Australia Stakes Value Bet - Zethus

Considering the amount of over-priced horses that fetch silly amounts on the Inglis Digital platform, 110k doesn't look a bad buy for Zethus, who is an ex-Godolphin galloper.

While his best work came in the spring of 2022, the gelding was still competitive at stakes level throughout last season and a 94-rating gives connections room to move going forward.

He's often been a horse to catch early in a campaign and that includes first-up win over this track/trip, while he has completed two solid jump-outs ahead of this return.

It's worth noting that the blinkers weren't on via either of those January workouts, but they're back on for race day and off what appears to be a soft map, he's not hopeless.

2024 Australia Stakes Field & Odds

1CrosshavenBen, Will & JD HayesBlaike McDougall958.5kg$21
2CurranLyn Tolson & Leonie ProctorMatthew Cartwright1158.5kg $19
3RecommendationCiaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1058.5kg $4.80
4Sweet RideAnnabel NeashamJamie Kah858.5kg $16
5Snapper (NZ)Michael MoroneyJordan Childs 758.5kg $101
6Struck ByTravis DoudleBeau Mertens658.5kg$21
7ZethusStephen BrownMickaelle Michel258.5kg $23
8VeightTony & Calvin McEvoyDamian Lane555kg$2.30
9Brave MeadCiaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie355kg $6
10ScentifyCiaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 155kg $11
11Southport TycoonCiaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams455kg $12
Odds courtesy of PlayUp & correct on 24/01/2024.


Our tips for the 2024 Australia Stakes are:

Best Bet1: Veight To Win @13/10 at PlayUP - 5 Units
Best Bet2: Scentify Each Way @10/1 at PlayUP - 2 Units
Best Bet3: Zethus Each Way @22/1 at PlayUP - 1 Unit
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@13/10 - 5 Units
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@10/1 - 2 Units
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@22/1 - 1 Unit
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