A talented field of just eleven three-year-olds have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Charging home to finish a close second in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) first-up on April 6th, Better Land has opened as and maintained status as favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Up And Coming Stakes, currently available at generous odds of $4.20.
Contesting just two competitive race starts to date, Better Land strolled home to win the Turnbull Plumbing Plate (1100m) by more than three lengths on debut on April 6th; stamping his claims as one to watch in The Rosebud last time out.
While allocated the slightly wide barrier 7, trainer Peter Moody is confident of another polished performance from Better Land in the 2014 Up And Coming Stakes, confirming the featured Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) will be the target should he be successful this weekend.
Breaking through for an exceptional victory in the 2014 Rosebud, Scissor Kick has so-far received the largest market share of wagers for success in the 2014 Up And Coming Stakes, cutting in from an opening quote of more than $5 to currently feature as clear $4.80 market mover and second-favourite.
Disappointing when beating just a single runner home in the Australian Turf Club 2.y.o (1200m) on debut on March 5th, Scissor Kick was immediately sent to the spelling paddock and has returned to racing in exceptional condition this time in, comfortably winning the More Than Ready Maiden (1250m) by three lengths first-up before repeating the dose in The Rosebud most recently.
Confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Paul Messara, Scissor Kick arguably offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the 2014 Up And Coming Stakes, and is more than worth consideration for a wager.
Stamping his claims as a legitimate Golden Rose contender with a commanding victory in the Claret Stakes (1300m) on May 3rd, Meursault is currently available at exceptional odds of $6 to return to racing in the best way possible in the Up And Coming Stakes.
While only contesting the one competitive start so far, Godolphin trainer John O’Shea is confident recent work and condition displayed by the Medaglia D’Oro colt in the lead-up to his racing return will translate to a polished performance at Randwick this weekend, particularly with in-form jockey Kerrin McEvoy on board.
Fellow Godolphin runner Kumaon is also well and truly worth consideration for a wager at current $9 odds for success, or $2.95 to run a place in the 2014 Up And Coming Stakes.
Impressing over three black type starts over autumn, the Lonhro colt finished second in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) first-up and finished a credible third in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) most notably on April 26th.
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