15 two-year-olds have been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Sempre Libera ($4) is yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in 2015 Champagne Classic betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au but has maintained status as sole occupant of the top line ahead of Le Chef ($6) and Counterattack ($8).
Will Sempre Libera justify favouritism and win the 2015 Champagne Classic, or will one of her talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Counterattack is yet to finish outside the first three over his four start racing career, has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Hugh Bowman and will leave from the ideal barrier 3 in the 2015 Champagne Classic. Running second amongst notable company in two Sydney sprints in January, trainer Chris Waller’s decision to bypass the Autumn Carnival with the Redoute’s Choice colt paid dividends when he returned for a maiden racing in at Warwick Farm over 1200m on April 15th. Waller has unearthed leading colts Zoustar and Brazen Beau over the two most recent winters and looks likely to have a third in Counterattack.
Talented local filly Pepperano was far from at her best when returning in the Montezumas Caloundra Handicap (1000m) on April 26th but still managed to hit the line close to two lengths ahead of her closest rivals. While clearly stepping up in class for the Champagne Classic, the daughter of Court Command is a proven performer over both track and distance and in good company; most notably via her second place finish in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2.y.o Guineas (1200m) on January 10th. Sure to receive a good ride from Tye Angland, Pepperano will leave from the ideal barrier 5.
Sempre Libera ($4)
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Sempre Libera has debuted to racing particularly well but will need some luck in running if to figure in the 2015 Champagne Classic from barrier 8. Running second amongst notable company in the Cal Rei Maiden Handicap (1100m) on debut in March, the Medaglia D’Oro filly posted a maiden race win in the McGrath Estate Agents Plate (1200m) a fortnight later before placing a credible fourth in the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) most recently.
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