Just eight runners remain in contention for this weekend’s Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this time in, First Seal has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Flight Stakes betting markets, currently available at a quote of $2.50 ahead of Winx ($2.75) and Thinking Of You ($4.60) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will First Seal Justify favouritism and win the 2014 Flight Stakes, or will one of her classy rivals find the line in the clear?
While allocated the slightly wide barrier 8, Winx has returned to racing in exceptional form this season and offers punters great value for money at current odds of $2.75. charging home to win the Ibis Milano Restaurant Maiden (1100m) on debut before repeating the dose in the TAB Early Quaddie Handicap (1400m) on June 28th, the Street Cry filly became just the second runner to deliver standout runner Earthquake a competitive defeat when winning the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) on September 6th before finishing second to First Seal in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) last time out. Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Hugh Bowman, Winx is more than worth consideration when placing a Flight Stakes bet.
First Seal ($2.50)
Running fourth in the Drummond Golf Plate (1250m) on May 14th before immediately returning to the paddock, First Seal won a minor over 1100m first-up this time before finishing a close second to leading staying three-year-old Sweynesse in the TAB Early Quaddie Maiden (1400m) on August 30th. Securing without doubt her most impressive win to date in the Tea Rose Stakes last time out, the Fastnet Rock filly is offered an excellent chance from barrier 5 and with Blake Shinn on board this weekend, but is yet to contest an event over a mile competitively and may find the late going difficult.
Press Report ($19)
Without doubt offering punters the best value for money of all runners confirmed for the 2014 Flight Stakes at current $19 to win or $3.70 to run a place, Press Report is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 7; one lane inside leading chance Winx. Claiming one race win and a further two minors from her eight competitive starts so far, the Written Tycoon filly finished second to subsequent Golden Slipper champion Mossfun in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) first-up this year before placing a credible fourth in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) and luckless seventh when blocked for a run in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 29th. Securing a mid-pack finish in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) most recently, trainer Lee Curtis has been thrilled with the form of Press Report leading into the Flight Stakes and is confident of a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing for the three-year-old on Saturday.
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