April 26

Hold Your Horses: Top 10 Racehorses to Look Out for This 2021

It is undeniable that Aussies love to watch and bet on racehorses. Each year, spectators wager over $14 billion in total through several bookmakers and organizations. There are many wagering options to choose from: either Australian racing fans make their bets with a bookie or go for the tote board’s pool betting.

Even with the COVID pandemic pausing most of the world’s biggest annual events, horseracing in Australia is the one sporting event that continued unimpeded this 2021. With this comes plenty of excitement with a roster of younger competitors making their way up the ranks. To know what racehorses to look out for this season, here is a list for you:

Verry Elleegant

Trained by: Chris Waller

Group 1 wins: Tancred Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Turnbull Stakes, Winx Stakes

2020 track form: 10 starts – 4 wins – 3 placings

Verry Elleegant has proved itself worthy of being at the top-ranking after being given the title of Australia’s premier racehorse in 2020. The Chris Waller-trained mare has raced for a total of ten times last year and stood out from start to finish.

Having won four times at the Group 1 level and placed three times at the top level before going back for an outstanding spring, Verry Elleegant should definitely be looked out for in the horse races today. Every horse racing fan can agree to this.

Bivouac

Trained by: James Cummings

Group 1 wins: VRC Sprint Classic, Newmarket Handicap

2020 track form: 8 starts – 2 wins – 3 placings

Bivouac might not be as dominant as he was expected to be in the sprinting ranks, the stallion still proved itself to be as dynamic as any racehorses. After winning the Newmarket, he was thrilling to watch. However, Bivouac had a bad turn that landed him on the second spot in The Everest. Nevertheless, Bivouac’s straight track form proved him worthy of the top rank.

Arcadia Queen

Trained by: Grant and Alana Williams

Group 1 wins: Caulfield Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes

2020 track form: 6 starts – 2 wins – 2 placings

2020 was Arcadia Queen’s year of redemption after failing an assault in the 2019 Everest. Clearly, there is no stopping this Williams-trained mare from owning the 2021 season. After winning in the Caulfield Stakes against Russian Camelot and closing the Mackinnon Stakes with another impressive win, Arcadia Queen definitely earned her way to the top three.

Classique Legend

Trained by: Les Bridge

Major wins: The Everest

2020 track form: 5 starts – 3 wins – 1 placings

Due to COVID restrictions, the promising gelding had to postpone his trip to Hong Kong, resulting in four local starts in Sydney. The big grey managed to gather three wins and a single place before trying its luck at the Asian Mecca. Altogether, Classique Legend isn’t the same horse as he was before, with the vets finding he had been suffering from health issues.

Gytrash

Trained by: Gordon Richards

Group 1 wins: Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

2020 track form: 8 starts – 4 wins – 4 placings

After only being realized for $40,000 at the Inglis Premier Sale back in 2017, Gytrash is now banking for $3.2 million for his outstanding performance last year. Though he only managed to win a single Group 1 in 2020, Gytrash still deserved to be included in the top five of this season’s racehorses to look out for.

Ole Kirk

Trained by: Chris Waller

Group 1 wins: Caulfield Guineas, Golden Rose

2020 track form: 8 starts – 3 wins – 4 placings

Ole Kirk has come a long way from being a nobody to becoming one of Australia’s most valuable racehorses. The Hawkes-trained colt has a close relation to Black Caviar, a proven mare who has championship blood, making its selling price of $675,000 reasonable.

But after finishing with a win at the Group 1 double of the Caulfield Guineas and Golden Rose, Ole Kirk’s price has risen to $50 million. Thanks to his fantastic reputation and connections, Ole Kirk has reached the top of the rankings.

Sir Dragonet

Trained by: Ciaron Maher and David Eustace

Group 1 wins: Cox Plate

2020 record: 6 starts – 1 wins – 4 placings

Australian racing fans only got to see Sir Dragonet after arriving in Australia with a solid record established in Europe earlier last year. The son of Camelot has proved itself to be worthy of attention in the Melbourne Cup after finishing sixth beaten 3 ½ lengths. Better for fans to look out for Sir Dragonet back in the atrium.

Russian Camelot

Trained by: Danny O’Brien

Group 1 wins: Underwood Stakes, SA Derby

2020 track form: 8 starts – 3 wins – 3 placings

Despite winning only his first race back in April last year, the Russian Camelot’s vigorous win in the South Australian Derby led him to become one of the most anticipated racehorses in the Melbourne Cup. The three-year-old stallion managed to place three in the other Group 1 races and finished with an eighth after losing caste in the Melbourne Cup.

Nature Strip

Trained by: Chris Waller

Group 1 wins: TJ Smith Stakes

2020 track form: 7 starts – 2 wins – 2 placings

Though Nature Strip has been a crowd favorite during The Everest, the six-year-old gelding had its downfall during the grand final. But even though he lost three and ÂĽ lengths to Bivouac, Nature Strip still proved his greatness by placing second in the VRC Sprint Classic.

September Run

Trained by: Chris Waller

Group 1 wins: Coolmore Stud Stakes

2020 track form: 7 starts – 5 wins

Fans couldn’t believe how September Run managed to climb up the ranks and made it into the top 10. This Chris Waller-trained filly won a maiden in May last year, then disappeared in the spring only to come back as a winning star in the Group 1 races. Indeed, everyone is on their toes rooting for September Run’s success in the atrium.

Takeaway

Everyone is now looking forward to this year’s Melbourne Cup. Australian racing fans are now betting left to right on who will take this year’s win. With the list of top racehorses provided above, you now have enough information on who among these top contenders to look out for.


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