Ten two-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Tiyatrolani is yet to be tested at the distance and class but remains outright $2.45 favourite in 2016 Champagne Classic betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of talented Godolphin runner Souchez ($5).
Will Tiyatrolani justify favouritism and win the Champagne Classic, or will one of her talented rivals post an upset?
Local runner Nikitas is arguably the class horse of the 2016 Champagne Classic field, and offers punters exceptional value for money at current $6 odds for success. Debuting for success in the talent-rich Canadian Club Handicap (1200m) on December 5th, the Snitzel colt ran on for a close third in the Group 3 McLachlan Stakes (1200m) on Boxing Day before finishing second behind Capitalist in the Magic Millions 2.y.o Guineas (1200m) on January 9th. Regular hoop Michael Cahill will take the ride on Nikitas from the ideal barrier 5 in the Champagne Classic.
Godolphin two-year-old Souchez is a proven performer at the class and distance and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current $5 Champagne Classic odds. Debuting for success in the Schweppes Plate (1100m) on December 19th, the Lonhro colt returned in February for third in the Group 2 Sky High Stakes (1200m) before charging home to win the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) most recently on March 12th. Having trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive return, Souchez could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 2 and will be partnered by in-form jockey Jason Collett.
Tiyatrolani is yet to take anything but success through her short racing career so far, but undoubtedly faces her toughest task to date in the Champagne Classic and may need a run at the distance to find peak condition. Taking out the Fusion Floors Maiden Plate (1100m) by close to eight lengths on debut on April 15th, the Captain Sonador filly repeated the dose in the Service Trades College Plate (1110m) on April 30th and should have no issue performing well with only 55kgs in tow.
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