A talented field of just 12 two-year-olds have been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday, offering punters exceptional value and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having produced a strong racing debut over just two competitive starts to date, Shaumari is currently offered as outright favourite and clear market mover for success in the 2014 Champagne Classic, currently offered at odds of $3, ahead of Eloping ($4.80), Furbish ($7.50) and Brazen Beau ($8).
Will Shaumari justify favouritism and win the 2014 Champagne Classic, or will one of her talented opponents find the line in the clear?
Lining up as the most experienced runner in the 2014 Champagne Classic field, Eloping has secured an impressive total of four wins and one place from seven competitive starts to date, and offers punters sensational value for money at current $4.80 odds. Debuting with two back-to-back victories throughout December/January, the Choisir filly more than stamped her claims as one to watch this season in finishing second to leading two-year-old Earthquake in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) and continuing to work towards an impressive run for seventh in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th, before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes (1200m) last time out. Allocated barrier 7, Eloping will be partnered by regular jockey Stephen Baster and is a great chance in the 2014 Champagne Classic.
Time For War ($9)
An impressive performer over just three race starts so far, Time For War debuted with a keen turn of foot to win the CFMEU Mining & Energy Plate (1100m) in November, returning to racing in typically strong form this year in comfortably winning the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) and finishing fourth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) last time out. Confirmed for a tilt at the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) during his 2014 winter preparation, trainer Gerald Ryan is confident regular jockey Damien Thornton will again get the best from his entrant this weekend, but will have to overcome the slightly awkward barrier 10.
Claiming the Get Racy 2.y.o. (1100m) on debut on April ninth, Shaumari has fast become a leading contender for two-year-old events over the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, particularly in finishing third in the well-contested Royal Randwick Stakes last time out. Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy, the Medaglia D’Oro filly was arguably the biggest winner of all Champagne Classic frontrunners at Wednesday’s barrier draw; allocated the ideal gate 5. Having displayed a keen turn of foot to run on in her most recent appearances, Shaumari will be more than a chance if offered a clear run on Saturday.
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