Gran Sasso to be Star of the Show

With a crack field of Spring Carnival contenders on show in the Aurie’s Star Stakes at Flemington Saturday, bookmaker Mark Read is tipping in-form sprinter Gran Sasso to be first past the post.

“Gran Sasso ($2.70) is a proven straight course specialist, and comes into this race at the peak of his preparation,” said Read.  “He was unlucky not to win last start, and has a level of class that this field will find difficult to match.”

According to the market, boom youngster Mic Mac ($2.70) is the horse to beat, however Read reveals that his price is undervalued, whilst also dismissing the chances of crowd hero El Segundo.

“El Segundo ($17.00) will need a lot of pace early up front to finish amongst the placings, let alone win here, and, given the weight he has to carry, I suggest holding out until later in his preparation.”