Just 12 runners have been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend, offering punters exceptional value and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
One of two John O’Shea-trained two-year-olds confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 2, Shaumari is currently sole occupant of the top line of betting for success in the 2014 Champagne Classic, offered at a quote of $4.
Strolling home to win the Get Racy Maiden (1100m) by nearly three lengths on debut on April 9th, the Medaglia D’Oro filly overcame poor position to finish third behind fellow Champagne Classic acceptor Eloping in the Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes (1200m) last time out, stamping her claims as one to watch throughout the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Allocated the central barrier 5, Shaumari has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Kerrin McEvoy and poses a serious chance of success this weekend.
Lining up as the most experienced running in the 2014 Champagne Classic final field, Eloping is currently featured as outright second favourite for success and arguably offers punters the best value for money at $4.50 odds.
A standout performer over the 2014 autumn season, Eloping debuted with two impressive victories, including the Listed Blue Diamond Preview F (1000m) on January 25th, placing second to leading two-year-old Earthquake in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 8th.
Continuing to build in both class and form, the Choisir filly displayed a keen turn of foot to finish a competitive seventh in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th, returning to the winner’s circle in claiming the Royal Randwick Stakes last time out.
Opening at a quote of $4.60, Eloping is yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers in Champagne Classic betting markets, and is more than a chance with regular jockey Stephen Baster confirmed to retain the ride this Saturday.
Currently sharing the third line of betting with exciting prospect Mohave, talented colt Time For War can be taken at generous odds of $6.50 for success in the 2014 Champagne Stakes.
While allocated the slightly wide barrier 10, trainer Gerald Ryan is confident regular jockey, apprentice Damien Thornton, will once again get the best from his entrant.
Claiming the CFMEU Mining & Energy Plate (1100m) ahead of classy competition on November 2nd, the Snitzel colt comfortably won the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) firs-up this year before running on to finish fourth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) last time out.
A leading contender for the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) on June 7th, Time For War is well and truly worth a wager this weekend, particularly in displaying odds of $2.40 for a place.
A noted performer over four race starts to date, Mohave has not appeared on track since finish sixth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in February 22nd, but is a great chance of figuring in contention in the Champagne Classic with in-form jockey James McDonald on board.
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