Exciting 2YOs Clash in Saturday’s 2020 Merson Cooper Stakes

Thu 12th November 2020

Saturday’s listed 2020 Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) is shaping to be an entertaining contest, with two unraced two-year-olds fighting it out for market favouritism.

Phillip Stokes’ Brazen Boy caught the eye with a stunning 14-length jumpout win at Morphettville, and has crossed the border to take on the Melbourne two-year-olds

The son of Brazen Boy was installed as the $1.80 favourite, but has drifted to $2.40, with market support coming for Forbes, who has moved from $3.80 into $2.80.

Forbes is a $750,000 son of Capitalist for the powerful new James Harron and Anthony & Sam Freedman combination, with high expectations.

“There are seven two-year-old colts we have with them and this one is the first one to step out at the races,” co-owner James Harron said.

“We have admired what they were doing and what their stable was doing – they are a smaller sort of set-up to some of the bigger stables and we could see they were getting quite incredible results and the horses were really performing very well.

“A number of our partners in our colt partnership are from Melbourne and it was sort of always a bit of a natural progression to have a presence there.”

“He’s just had a couple of little jumpouts at Mornington and this was a race which Anthony and Sam were keen to run him in,” Harron said.

“He’s only having his first start but he is a big and strong type of horse.

“We will learn a bit more about him on Saturday

“What happens after Saturday isn’t something we haven‘t discussed too much as yet, we haven’t set anything in stone.

“This colt was sold for $750,000 – one of the higher-priced Capitalists – and he has a nice pedigree and has a very good physique and is a strong, forward and mature kind of horse.

“But he doesn’t know how much he cost.

“Until you get them to the races, you don’t really know what you have got under the bonnet.”

Find the final field, barrier draw and odds for the 2020 Merson Cooper Stakes below.

*Odds accurate at time of posting.

1The Art Of Flying (6)J: John Allen 58kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$11.00$2.50
2Marine One (11)J: Mark Zahra 58kg T: Lloyd Kennewell$26.00$4.80
3Anamoe (3)J: Damien Oliver 58kg T: James Cummings$5.00$1.50
4Brazen Boy (12)J: Jamie Kah 58kg T: P Stokes$2.40$1.24
5Forbes (7)J: Jye Mcneil 58kg T: A & S Freedman$2.80$1.28
6Qeyaady (8)J: Daniel Stackhouse 58kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$34.00$5.50
7Rusheen (2)J: Jake Noonan 58kg T: A W Noonan$71.00$10.00
8Sunfall (9)J: Zac Spain 58kg T: M Price & M Kent Jnr$16.00$3.50
9Autumn Rose (13)J: Jamie Mott 56kg T: John Mcardle$201.00$26.00
10London Lemming (4)J: Craig Williams 56kg T: Brian Mcgrath$201.00$26.00
11Paper Dragon (5)J: Michael Poy 56kg T: Henry Dwyer$67.00$8.50
12Stormlight (10)J: Patrick Moloney 56kg T: Caroline Jennings$201.00$26.00
13Super Aurora (1)J: Liam Riordan 56kg T: Brent Stanley$151.00$21.00


From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.