15 runners have been confirmed to line up for a tilt at this weekend’s Group 3 Moreton Stakes (1350m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Aiming to secure an impressive fifth straight race victory in the Moreton Stakes this weekend, Ciaron Maher-trained Srikandi has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in betting markets for success; currently offered at a quote of $2.80.
Yet to finish worse than second over six competitive starts, which has included an incredible five victories, Srikandi without doubt faces her biggest task to date in this weekend’s Moreton Stakes, but has more than earned her shot at a maiden Group level title in comfortably doing away race fields in nearly every appearance so far.
Stepping up to a racing distance of more the 1200 metres for this first time on Saturday, the Dubawi filly strolled home to win the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m) ahead of a talented field on the Gold Coast on May 3rd; repeating the dose with another easy win in the Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) at Doomben last weekend.
While allocated the wide and awkward barrier 14, Maher is confident regular jockey Glen Boss will get the most from his entrant once more this weekend, and is expecting another polished performance.
Also returning to racing in top condition in 2014, Plucky Belle is yet to receive much for than a sprinkling of bets for success in the 2014 Moreton Stakes, but is still currently featured as outright second favourite to leave Doomben on Saturday one Group level victory richer at generous $6.50 odds.
Unlucky to finish second by a nose when blocked for a run twice and squeezed out in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) first-up, the Mossman mare produced a keen turn of foot to run on from the rear of the field and finish fourth amongst classy company in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) on April 19th before once again finishing just off the pace and second in the Group 3 Darley Crown (1300m) last time out.
Charged with overcoming the wide barrier 15, confirmed jockey Luke Nolen has proven experience in partnering Plucky Belle to success, having claimed the Group 3 Lavazza Short Black (1400m) together on Melbourne Cup day in 2013 by nearly two lengths.
Confirmed to make a maiden appearance in Australia for this weekend’s Moreton Stakes, Kiwi raider Chintz arguably offers punters the best value for money in betting markets, currently featuring at generous odds of $7 for victory, or $2.55 to run a place.
Claiming six wins and four places from just 17 competitive starts to date, Chintz has without doubt hit peak condition over her current preparation; finishing outside the places just once in 10 starts since November.
Strolling home to win the Group 3 Westbury Classic (1400m) on March 5th, the Savabeel mare was unlucky not to pip winner Viadana on the line in the Group 2 Japan Trophy (1600m) on March 22nd, and has continued to build in class and experience in finishing third in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Open (1600m) and second in the Group 1 Easter Handicap (1600m) on April 12th.
Confirmed to be partnered by lead jockey Nash Rawiller, Chintz is a realistic chance of causing an upset in the 2014 Moreton Stakes ahead of a possible tilt at the major Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 7th.
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