Just nine runners remain in contention for Saturday’s Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Yet to taste anything but success in first-up appearances, Rubick ($3) has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Challenge Stakes betting markets head of Knoydart ($5.50), Miracles Of Life ($6.50) and Villa Verde ($8) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Rubick justify favouritism and win the 2015 Challenge Stakes, or will one of his classy rivals hit the line in the clear?
Securing three wins over his short but impressive five start career so far, Rubick gets into the 2015 Challenge Stakes well with the weights, is a proven performer amongst open competition and will leave from the ideal barrier 4; making him more than worth consideration for a bet this weekend. Taking out his first two race starts, including the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m), Rubick was unable to justify favouritism when fading for fourth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in late February last year, but returned for a commanding win in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) in spring. Punters may find value in adding the Encosta De Lago colt as a selection in a 2015 Challenge Stakes quinella or trifecta bet.
Famous Seamus ($9.50)
Famous Seamus undoubtedly found career-best form over an impressive 2014 campaign, and without doubt offers punters the best value for money in 2015 Challenge Stakes betting markets at current odds. Posting a commendable record of ten wins and a further nine minor place finishes over his 35 start career to date, Famous Seamus broke through for a maiden Group 1 victory in the BTC Cup (1200m) during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Carnival and returned in spring for minor place finishes in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and victory in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) most notably. A proven performer over track and distance, the son of Elusive City is a leading chance to finish in the Challenge Stakes top three.
Talented Godolphin sprinter Knoydart will leave from barrier 7 in the 2015 Challenge Stakes, but has reportedly returned to training in exceptional form this year, and is more than worth consideration for a bet as a result. Returning to racing in exceptional form in 2014, the More Than Ready gelding won each of his first three starts, including each of the Listed Canterbury Classic (1100m) and Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) before placing third in each of the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
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