Just eight runners remain in the final field for this weekend’s Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick following the removal of leading chance Twirl, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this season, classy filly First Seal has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Flight Stakes betting markets, currently available at odds of $2.50 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Finishing outside the places just once in four competitive starts so far, First Seal was unlucky to be blocked for a run and fourth in the Drummond Golf Plate (1250m) on debut on May 14th, but has seemingly not looked back since returning to racing this time; winning the Daily Press Group Plate (1100m) first-up and finishing second to Sweynesse in the TAB Early Quaddie Plate (1400m) on August 30th before making a successful transition to black type racing when charging home to win the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) last time out on September 20th.
Allocated the central barrier 5, the Fastnet Rock filly has been confirmed to be partnered by jockey Blake Shinn for the second time in the Group 1 Flight Stakes and is more than worth consideration for a Flight Stakes bet.
Yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in the 2014 Flight Stakes, Winx arguably offers punters the best value for money as a selection in a quinella or trifecta bet at current $2.70 odds.
Winning two minors over 1100m and 1400m respectively in her maiden preparation in winter, the Street Cry filly became only the second runner to deliver standout filly Earthquake a competitive defeat when taking out the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) first-up on September 6th, prior to finishing second to First Seal in the Tea Rose.
Charged with overcoming the outside barrier in the 2014 Flight Stakes, trainer Chris Waller has been thrilled with the form and work completed by Winx in the lead-up to her maiden tilt at the highest level of Australian racing this weekend.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at odds of less than $10 in Flight Stakes betting markets, Thinking Of You will undoubtedly face her biggest test to date at Randwick on Saturday, but has already been heavily backed by punters who have seen opening odds of $4.60 cut in to a current quote of $4.40.
Securing two wins from as many starts in her short racing career, Thinking Of You is yet to look troubled on course; winning the Become A Young Member Maiden (1100m) by more than two lengths on debut before finding the line in the TMB Printing Handicap (1400m) in similarly clear distance.
Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 3, the Thorn Park filly arguably offers punters the best value for money in Flight Stakes betting markets.
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