Just ten mares have been confirmed in the 2015 Breeders’ Classic final field, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Charging home to take out the 2014 edition of the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m), talented mare Catkins has firmed as outright favourite in betting markets; cutting in from a quote of $2 to currently register as clear $1.90 market mover with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Arguably the country’s best current racehorse yet to break through for a win at the highest level, Catkins progressed to victory in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) following her 2014 Breeders’ Classic triumph; placing third in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 1 Emancipation Stakes (1500m).
Failing to finish outside the places over four spring starts, highlighted by an impressive first-up victory in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) and third place finish in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), Catkins will leave from the wide barrier 9 in the 2015 Breeders’ Classic, but will be particularly difficult to beat.
Receiving some attention from punters in the early hours of 2015 Breeders’ Classic betting, Mihiri has firmed as outright second favourite for success, but is still available at a generous quote of $7 for success.
Securing four wins and a further two minor places over her 11 start career so far, Mihiri has undoubtedly returned to racing in career-best form this time and will line up for her maiden black type appearance in the 2015 Breeders’ Classic.
Finishing second in the Hyland Race Colours FM (1100m) first-up on December 12th, Mihiri again placed second to Craftiness in a minor over 1100m on January 3rd before returning to the winner’s circle in the James Boag’s Premium FM (1200m) last time out on January 24th.
Un-trialled at the class, punters may find value in adding Mihiri as a selection in a 2015 Breeders’ Classic quinella or trifecta bet.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less-than $10 in Breeders’ Classic betting markets, Neena Rock is offered an excellent chance of success on Saturday from the ideal barrier 2, and has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey James McDonald.
Beginning her racing career in her native New Zealand under the care of trainer Warren Bolton, Neena Rock laid a great account for herself over her maiden Australian campaign through spring; failing to figure in contention just once.
Running third in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) first-up, the Fastnet Rock mare placed fourth in the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) and won the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) on October 11th before finishing a disappointing 14th in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on November 1st.
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