10 premium picks to build your SuperCoach stable

The spring carnival will be without Winx for the first time in five years but that hasn’t diminished the quality vying for Group 1 glory this year.

These are the 10 horses which could make a splash in the major spring contests.

Most of them have been set at the maximum SuperCoach price but there are some steals among list.

MYSTIC JOURNEY

4YO mare

SuperCoach price: $500,000

14 starts: 11-0-0. Prizemoney: $3,383,600

Trainer: Adam Trinder

Key target: Cox Plate (October 26)

She has become the headline horse for the spring following the retirement of Winx. The powerful mare has built an imposing record with 11 wins from 14 starts — including the Australian Guineas and All-Star Mile. A deserving Cox Plate favourite.

Anthony Darmanin celebrates on Mystic Journey after winning the All Star Mile. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

SANTA ANA LANE

7YO gelding

SuperCoach price: $500,000

33 starts: 10-1-5. Prizemoney: $5,069,711

Trainer: Anthony Freedman

Key targets: The Everest (October 19), VRC Sprint Classic (November 9)

A crushing win in the TJ Smith Stakes last April confirmed his standing as Australia’s best sprinter. The five-time Group 1 winner with seek atonement in The Everest after flopping on the heavy track in last year’s race.

Santa Ana Lane powering away to victory in the TJ Smith Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

AVILIUS

6YO gelding

SuperCoach price: $500,000

20 starts: 10-2-2. Prizemoney: $2,471,710

Trainer: James Cummings

Key target: Cox Plate (October 26)

Will be targeted at the Cox Plate again after last year’s fourth, and could pose as Mystic Journey’s biggest threat. He concluded his autumn campaign with back-to-back Group 1 wins. His two runs this campaign have been more than credible.

Avilius will be aiming for a higher finish in this year’s Cox Plate. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

ARCADIA QUEEN

4YO mare

SuperCoach price: $375,000

6 starts: 5-0-1. Prizemoney: $1,093,435

Trainer: Chris Waller

Key targets: The Everest (October 19), Golden Eagle (November 2)

The exciting Perth mare announced herself as possibly racing’s “next big thing” after her stunning 4½-length win in the Kingston Town Stakes last December. She hasn’t raced since but she’s locked in for The Everest after transferring to Chris Waller’s stable. The Golden Eagle looks to be the perfect race for her.

WA filly Arcadia Queen is set to show her talents on the east coast. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

PIERATA

5YO horse

SuperCoach price: $475,000

20 starts: 7-6-2. Prizemoney: $3,340,700

Trainer: Greg Hickman

Key targets: The Everest (October 19), VRC Sprint Classic (November 9)

The Everest has been a 12-month plan for connections after he missed out on a slot in last year’s race, winning the Sydney Stakes on the same day in faster time. After winning the Group 1 All Aged Stakes in April, he was the first horse snapped up for this year’s Everest. His first-up performance was outstanding.

Pierata blitzed his opponents in last year’s Sydney Stakes on Everest Day. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

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SCALES OF JUSTICE

7YO horse

SuperCoach price: $350,000

26 starts: 11-9-3. Prizemoney: $2,162,850

Trainer: Lindsey Smith

Key target: Memsie Stakes (won), Cox Plate (October 26)

Overcame career-threatening injuries to win the Memsie Stakes last month, more than two years after his first Group 1. Although deep into his campaign, he’ll give the Cox Plate a shake.

Scales of Justice is in career-best form at age 7. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

HAPPY CLAPPER

9YO gelding

SuperCoach price: $475,000

42 starts: 11-12-4. Prizemoney: $6,903,600

Trainer: Pat Webster

Key target: TBC

The ageless warrior showed he hasn’t lost his appetite for racing when second in the Winx Stakes. His spring campaign last year was cut short after he bled from the nostrils but he bounced back in the autumn with back-to-back seconds behind Winx. His battles with the champion mare — “The Clapper” has finished runner-up to the champion mare five times. — has endeared him to racing fans.

Happy Clapper has a cult following. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

BRUTAL

4YO horse

SuperCoach price: $375,000

7 starts: 4-1-1. Prizemoney: $2,289,650

Trainer: Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes

Key target: Golden Eagle (November 2)

Last autumn’s Doncaster Mile winner will likely make a brief appearance in the spring, with a virus delaying his return and quashing Everest ambitions. The lightly-raced four-year-old will now be set for the Golden Eagle.

Brutal won the Doncaster Mile as a three-year-old. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

NATURE STRIP

5YO gelding

SuperCoach price: $450,000

17 starts: 10-2-0. Prizemoney: $1,275,285

Trainer: Chris Waller

Key target: TBC

After two Group 1 failures, the enigmatic sprinter silenced the doubters when he won The Galaxy in March. Flopped in his return, but when allowed to race freely he’s a speed machine over 1000m and 1100m.

Nature Strip is very fast on his day. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

OSBORNE BULLS

6YO gelding

SuperCoach price: $425,000

19 starts: 9-7-2. Prizemoney: $2,859,510

Trainer: James Cummings

Key targets: The Everest (October 19), VRC Sprint Classic (November 9)

Punters have found him both exciting and excruciating to watch with his charge-home finishing burst. Even though he is yet to win a Group 1 (and technically shouldn’t be on this list) he went heartbreakingly close to landing one last campaign with five consecutive runner-up placings. Finished third in last year’s Everest as a late replacement.

Osborne Bulls has gone agonisingly close to winning a Group 1. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

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