Two juveniles are currently fighting for favouritism for tomorrow’s $150,000 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben, Smokin’ Joey and Buffering.
Leading the 2010 Champagne Classic betting markets at the moment is the Lee Freedman-trained Encosta De Lago colt Smokin’ Joey at $4 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
The two-year-old impressed many on debut when he claimed a classy last-to-first victory in the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last start, and is looking to maintain his unbeaten record with another win in the Classic tomorrow.
Since the betting markets opened, Smokin’ Joey has shortened from $5 to $4, despite drawing wide with barrier 11.
Following closely is second favourite Buffering. The Rob Heathcote-trained Mossman gelding could very well overtake Smokin’ Joey in the betting and start as the pre-race favourite, after having firmed from $4.50 to $4.20 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
More experienced than his toughest rival, Buffering is yet to be beaten in his four race starts and has fared better coming up with barrier two in the draw.
Two other youngsters that have gained the punter’s support in the lead up to the Champagne Classic are Adebisi and Broadway Harmony.
Securing the prized inside running with gate one, local Shovhog colt Adebisi is in to $9 from his opening $11 odds.
Statue Of Liberty filly Broadway Harmony, who took out the Listed Dequetteville Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville in her previous start, has also shortened in the markets from $11 to $9 despite her wide barrier 19 draw.
To place a bet on any of these promising two-year-olds and to check out the odds for the other Champagne Classic starters visit Ladbrokes.com.au, where punters can also get in on the exciting betting markets for the big event at tomorrow’s meeting, the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m).
2010 Champagne Classic Betting Odds:
|2||SPIRIT OF BOOM (10)||6.50|
|7||SMOKIN’ JOEY (11)||4.00|
|9||CHOSEN TO FLY (13)||101.00|
|10||DEMANDING MISS (4)||15.00|
|11||BROADWAY HARMONY (19)||9.00|
|12||JESSE’S GIRL (18)||15.00|
|13||POSH CHIC (20)||51.00|
|14||HIDDEN TREASURE (8)||101.00|
|16||DIVINE SCENT (12)||101.00|
|17||GENERAL SHAREEF (5)||41.00|
|19||AUDACIOUS SPIRIT (15)||34.00|
|21||MISS ORIELLE (17)||101.00|
*Odds are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and are subject to change