A talented field of just 11 three-year-olds have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having debuted to racing in exceptional form, talented Peter Moody-trained runner Better Land has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 Up And Coming Stakes, currently available at generous odds of $4.40 ahead of Scissor Kick ($5), Meursault ($5.50) and Liberation ($7).
Will Better Land justify favouritism and win the 2014 Up And Coming Stakes, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
A notable performer over major two-year-old events through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Kumaon arguably offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the Up And Coming Stakes and is well and truly worth consideration for a wager at current odds. one of two Godolphin runners entered for this weekend’s Group 3, the Lonhro colt has secured a strong and consistent total of one win and three minor places from just five competitive starts, highlighted by a close second in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) and third in the featured Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) last time out on April 26th. Allocated the ideal inside barrier, Kumaon will be partnered by premiership winning jockey James McDonald and is more than a chance of success.
Better Land ($4.40)
Yet to finish worse than second in two starts, Better Land offers punters great value at current odds when considering class. Charging home to win the Turnbull Plumbing Plate (1100m) by three lengths on debut on April 6th, Better Land more than stamped his claims as a legitimate three-year-old contender when finishing second in the Listed Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on August 9th. Confirming the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) with figure as the major target should he continue to impress through the Up And Coming Stakes, Moody is confident will get the best from his entrant this weekend.
One of trainer Gai Waterhouse’s talented crop of three-year-old runners, Valentia performed well over the 2014 Autumn Carnival and also offers punters exceptional value for money at $9 odds, or $2.85 to run a place; particularly with in-form hoop Tommy Berry confirmed to take the ride. Finishing third behind boom colt Rubick in the TAB Iphone App Plate (1000m) on debut on January 25th, the Fastnet Rock colt broke through for a maiden race win in the Ritz Cinema Handicap (1200m) before repeating the dose in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m). Returning to the paddock after failing to fire in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th, Valentia has reportedly taken well to his time in the paddock and is a noted first-up performer.
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