A less-than capacity field of nine runners has been confirmed for the 2014 Group 2 Furious Stakes (1600m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in slick form this time in, classy Team Hawkes-trained runner Entirely Platinum has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 Chelmsford Stakes, currently available at odds of $3.20 for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Contesting a commendable total of six race wins and four minor places from just 13 competitive starts so far, Entirely Platinum was a standout performer for the in-form Hawkes stable over the 2014 Autumn Carnival; winning each of his first three race starts including the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (1900m) before finishing a fighting fourth amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) on April 5th.
Charging home to beat a talented field to the line in the Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Handicap (1400m) on August 16th, the Pentire gelding has been confirmed to be partnered by newly-crowned Sydney Premiership-winning jockey James McDonald and is well and truly worth consideration for a wager for success at current odds.
Having so-far received the greatest market share of wagers for success in the 2014 Chelmsford Stakes, Royal Descent has been cut from opening odds of more than $5 to currently register as clear $4.40 market mover and outright second-favourite for success.
A standout performer in 2013, the Redoute’s Choice mare won the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) in autumn and returned to finish second in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and fifth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) most notably through spring.
Unlucky not to register another race win over four impressive 2014 Autumn Carnival starts which included a close-run second in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m), Royal Descent is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 1 in the Chelmsford Stakes.
One of the standout performers of the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Criterion has seemingly returned to racing in similarly strong form this time in and arguably offers punters the best value for success in the Chelmsford Stakes at even $5 odds.
Registering five wins and as many minor places from just 17 competitive starts, Criterion has without doubt hit career-best form in 2014; finishing fourth in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1600m) first-up on February 15th before running on for second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 1st.
Unlucky to be blocked for a run in the final straight of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and eighth on March 15th, the Sebring stallion returned to devastating touch when winning both the Group 1 Rosehill Gardens (2000m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) back-to-back.
Finishing third in the Group 1 Warwick Stakes (1400m) first-up, jockey Hugh Bowman has been confirmed to retain the ride on Criterion this weekend, and is well and truly worth consideration for a wager in 2014 Chelmsford Stakes betting markets.
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