The BMW Field, Barriers & Odds

The BMW

The BMW is a hugely anticipated race held at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse in April. Offering a lucrative $1.5 million in prize money, The BMW attracts the best stayers in the country to compete in the weight-for-age event.

The Group 1 BMW Stakes runs alongside one other Group 1 race, the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), providing a thrilling day of racing.

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The BMW Stakes does not just draw the best stayers from right around Australia, but often features a strong contingent from New Zealand – a nation that is known for breeding quality stayers every single year.

The date for the 2016 BMW Stakes is on Saturday 26th March, 2016.

The key lead-up race to The BMW Stakes is the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, which is held two weeks before The BMW; with Stony Bany (1995), Tie The Knot (2000), Eremein (2006), Tuesday Joy (2008) and Manighar (2012) all completely the double in recent years.

The BMW Field

The BMW field generally features a number of the leading stayers in Australia, although in recent years the race has struggled to draw the cream of the crop; with stayers generally given light autumns in order to be at peak fitness for the Spring Racing Carnival and the riches offered by the Melbourne Cup. The BMW field is normally fairly small and luck in running as well as race tactics often play a key role in deciding the outcome of the race.

The BMW Form

The BMW has been a strong betting race for punters throughout its history and some of the biggest names in the history of Australian racing have won the race at short odds. The likes of Trissaro (1983), Bonecrusher (1986), Beau Zam (1988), Our Poetic Prince (1989), Octagonal (1996 and 1997), Might And Power (1998), Tie The Knot (1999 and 2000), Makybe Diva (2005), Eremein (2006) and Fiveandahalfstar (2013) all the won The BMW was well-backed favourites, while there has been very few major upsets in the race.

The BMW Betting

Betting on The BMW is an awesome experience with the race attracting some of the best stayers from around the country. Due to the high quality of horses, the race also attracts a lot of punters which are eager to wager larger betting amounts on the $2.25 million event. However this should not deter novice punters who are equally as valued by bookmakers as the high rollers. Deciding on which bet type to pick is normally determined the punters’ level of betting experience. While novices stick to the simple win or place bets, the more confident punters can wager on exotic bets including Quinellas and Trifectas.

Straight bets – Win (which horse will finish first)
Place (horse must place first or second)
Show (must place in top three)
Across the board wager (horse will take either of the first three places).
Quinella – Choosing two horses in no specific order to win first and second placings. Although the punter has good odds, a quinella will pay less than a trifecta.
Exacta or Perfecta – The punter must choose which horses will win first and second place in the correct order.
Trifecta – Picking the first three winning horses in the correct order.
Box trifecta – First three horses in any order.
Standout trifecta – Picking the winner and then the next two horses in any order.
Superfecta – Same as trifecta plus the fourth placed horse.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Australian Derby

(2400m)

Randwick

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

TJ Smith Stakes

(1200m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Sires Produce Stakes

(1400m)

Randwick

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Doncaster Mile

(1600m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Australian Oaks

(2400m)

Randwick

$550,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Sydney Cup

(3200m)

Randwick

$500,000

Hcp

Group 1

Queen Elizabeth Stakes

(2000m)

Randwick

$4,000,000

Open

Group 1

Queen Of The Turf Stakes

(1600m)

Randwick

$1,000,000

3YO&UP

Group 2

Queen of the South Stakes

(1600m)

Morphettville

$175,000

3YO & Up SWP

Group 3

Chairman’s Handicap

(2000m)

Morphettville

$115,000

3YO SW

Race Information

When: April

Where: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Sydney

Distance: 2400m

Race Status: Group 1

Race Conditions: Weight-For-Age

Prize Money: $2.25 million

First Run: 1963

The Melbourne Cup betting season is just around the corner, and online bookies are already preparing with a host of early odds available. Check out the Melbourne Cup form for a chance to analyse the field, and then get to an online bookmaker to place your early bets for a chance to win big.

The BMW News

Ten stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured 2016 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. Preferment carries winning form into the 2016 The BMW and remains outright $3.10…