A talented field of nine sprinters has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Messene has not appeared on course competitively for close to a year, however the talented Team Hawkes runner has maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Missile Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting nine wins and a further three minors through only 16 career starts so far, Messene made a competitive transition to black type racing during the 2014 Autumn Carnival; winning each of the Listed McGrath National Sprint (1400m) and Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1200m) before placing a credible seventh in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Returning last spring for second in the Missile Stakes, the Lonhro gelding returned to the paddock following two disappointing Group 1 starts but has trialled well in the lead-up to his return this time in.
Punters have so far offered most of their attention to popular Queenslander Temple Of Boom; seeing the veteran in from opening odds of $5 to current rest at a quote of $4.60.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2012 edition of The Galaxy (1100m), Temple Of Boom has been a strong and consistent performer for Tony Gollan through each of his racing campaigns to date; posting a total of eleven wins and fifteen minors through 59 career starts so far.
Returning in winter for sixth in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m), the Piccolo gelding was unable to figure in his next two starts but returned for a spell after running on for fourth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) on June 6th.
Allocated the ideal barrier 2, Temple Of Boom should have no issue in carrying 58.5kgs in the Missile Stakes.
Chris Waller-trained import Weary is yet to herald much interest in 2015 Missile Stakes betting markets but remains perched on the third line of betting at even $5 odds for success.
Claiming four wins and eight minors through 22 career starts so far, Weary returned this year for impressive first-up success in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m); progressing to a credible third in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m).
While unable to make much of an impact through his next three starts, the Astronomer Royal gelding was last seen running a close second in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9th.
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