The Sofitel 2023 Race Details

Race 3 at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday the 16th September 2023.

The Sofitel is a Listed race held at Flemington Racecourse and is run over 1400 metres. It is an open handicap race for horses four-years-old and upwards. The total prize money is $175,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the The Sofitel page.

How to pick a winner

The Sofitel 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

Ten have accepted for the $175,000 Listed Sofitel.  Boom Queensland gelding Antino has come up a short priced favourite.  He is resuming from a spell and is headed to the Toorak Handicap.  The second favourite is Detonator Jack.  He wasn’t beaten far at Caulfield first up and gets the services of Jamie Kah.  Kalino and Climbing Star look the other key winning chances.

The Sofitel 2023 Runner by Runner

1. King Magnus

Eight year old gelding with a good record.  He’s drawn well and is in the mix for the multiples..

2. Antino

Queenslander with an excellent record (eight wins from nine starts).  Resumes here off a relatively short spell.  If he finds the front they might not see which way he went.  Toorak Handicap bound.

3. Detonator Jack

Looked the winner first up at Caulfield and may have just peaked on the run late.  Has been back to the jump outs since which I like.  The booking of Jamie Kah is significant.

4. Kalino

Failed but had a strong SP two back against some qualities horses at Rosehill.  Was strong late at Caulfield last time for this.  He can win.

5. Nicolini Vito

Limited but honest.  Doubt he can win this.

6. Umgawa

He has been racing well over the Winter months.  Like the draw for him.  Gives him a place chance.

7. Superium

He was okay at Caulfield first up.  Needs to find three or four lengths though.

8. Climbing Star

She has always displayed plenty of ability.  Her run first up was good and she gets a nice weight drop for this.  Think she will run well.

9. Party Princes

Lightly raced mare from Adelaide who was okay first up at Morphettville against easier opposition.  Maps well.

10. Blow In

Down in weight but is significantly up in grade from the races he has been contesting.  I don’t think he’s good enough to feature here.

The Sofitel 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Lewis Oliver’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
2 Antino 2 Antino
8 Climbing Star 3 Detonator Jack
4 Kalino 6 Umgawa
3 Detonator Jack 4 Kalino

Previews for other races this week

Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup 2023 (Newcastle 2300m) – Friday

Group 3 Cameron Handicap 2023 (Newcastle 1500m) – Friday

Group 3 Tibbie Stakes 2023 (Newcastle 1400m) – Friday

Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1600m)

Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality 2023 (Flemington 1200m)

Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1400m)

Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1100m)

Listed Exford Plate 2023 (Flemington 1400m)

Listed Poseidon Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1100m)

7 Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 2 The Shorts 2023 (Randwick 1100m)

Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes 2023 (Randwick 2000m)

Listed W H Wylie Handicap 2023 (Morphettville 1100m)

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The Sofitel 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 4 Kalino
2nd 6 Umgawa 0.4 length
3rd 3 Detonator Jack 0.5 length
4th 2 Antino 0.6 length

The track was rated as Good 4.

Scratching: 1. King Magnus.