Nine three-year-olds will line up for Saturday’s 2016 Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Derryn remains an outright $3.50 favourite in 2016 Up And Coming Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Thronum ($3.80), Divine Prophet ($4.40) and Taj Mahal ($6.50).
Will Derryn justify favouritism and win the 2016 Up And Coming Stakes, or will one of his talented rivals post an upset?
Thronum has more than stamped himself as a colt to follow through his short career so far, carries winning black type form into the Up And Coming Stakes and has been confirmed to be partnered by leading hoop James McDonald on Saturday. Taking out a pair of minor Sydney sprints upon debuting in June, the Snitzel colt ran a close second to Tango Rain in the 70th Birthday Martin King Handicap (1200m) on July 23rd, but responded with a smart performance for success in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) a fortnight ago. Thronum will carry only 55.5kgs and should prove tough to beat from barrier 6.
Kent is yet to finish worse than second through his three start career and while undoubtedly faces his biggest task to date in the Up And Coming Stakes, is positioned ideally in barrier 4 and will carry only 54kgs. Running second in Newcastle in his first two starts, the Domesday gelding broke through for a maiden race win in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1550m) most recently on June 13th. Having trialled well in the lead-up to the Up And Coming Stakes, Kent is worth consideration for a bet at $17 odds or $4.30 to finish in the first three.
Prized Icon ($9)
Prized Icon is arguably the standout in the 2016 Up And Coming Stakes field, but has been charged with overcoming a race-high 61kgs and may require a run to return to peak competitive form. Running second in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on February 13th, Prized Icon ran third in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) and second in the Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m). Breaking through for a maiden race win in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) before taking out the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) a week later.
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