No Surprises Baby: Melbourne Cup Favourite Leads Nine-Horse Feehan Stakes Field

3 September, 2020

Paul Preusker’s Melbourne Cup favourite Surprise Baby kicks off his second campaign towards the ‘race that stops a nation’ as the post-acceptance favourite in 2020 Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes betting at The Valley.

Surprise Baby Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |
Melbourne Cup favourite Surprise Baby leads betting first-up in the Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Just nine final acceptances were taken for Saturday’s Group 2 $250,000 Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes (1600m), which offers the winner a ballot free ride into the Group 1 $5 million Cox Plate (2040m) in October.

Despite the small numbers, it is shaping up as a top-class edition of the John F. Feehan Stakes race with some varied and intriguing form lines to follow.

First-up in barrier seven, Surprise Baby races for the first time since his eye-catching fifth behind Vow And Declare in last November’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Jockey Craig Williams rode the Melbourne Cup winner to victory that day and he is aboard Surprise Baby this weekend in the Feehan. Read More …