Just nine runners will line up for this weekend’s feature d Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters several good chances to place a winning bet and exceptional value from a wagering point of view.
Arguably hitting career-best form over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Gai Waterhouse-trained mare Sweet Idea has maintained outright favouritism for the 2014 Missile Stakes and is currently available at generous odds of $3.70.
Contesting a total of five wins and six places from just 13 starts, Sweet Idea won each of her first three starts this year, including both the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) and Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes over the Randwick 1200m course.
Disappointing when seventh in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m), the Snitzel mare was unlucky to finish a short nose behind Steps In Time in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) most notably on March 22nd.
A standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Rebel Dane has opened as and maintained status as outright second-favourite for success in the 2014 Missile Stakes, but is yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of wagers and is currently available at a quote of $3.80.
Returning to racing last spring with an exceptional turn of foot to win the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m), the California Dane entire was unlucky to be blocked for a run and fourth in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis (1200m), but responded in the best way possible when charging in to win the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on September 29th.
Unable to break through for a race victory over four starts through autumn, which included an impressive second to the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m), the conditions of the Missile Stakes are likely to play right into the strengths of Rebel Dane, who is a particularly good chance of success from barrier 4.
A notable performer over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Team Hawkes-trained Messene is currently available at odds of $4 and is more than worth consideration for a bet in the 2014 Missile Stakes.
Returning in autumn to comfortably win the Listed National Sprint (1400m) first-up, Messene more than staked his claims as a serious Group-level contender when charging home to win the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), finishing a credible seventh in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in what was his first appearance at the highest level of Australian racing.
Having reportedly taken well to his time in the spelling paddock and return to work, Messene will be partnered by Sydney Premiership winning jockey James McDonald and will leave from the inside barrier on Saturday.
Arguably offering punters the best value for money of any runner entered in the 2014 Missile Stakes, Weary has so-far received the greatest market share of wagers for success this weekend, registering as clear $9.50 market mover at time of publication.
Failing to finish outside the places over five starts in autumn, Weary won the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m), finished second in both the Ajax Stakes and Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) and third in the Doncaster Mile most notably.
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