Eleven runners have been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend, offering punters several good chances to place a winning bet.
Having returned to the track in typically scintillating form this preparation, 2013 Melbourne Cup champion Fiorente has opened and maintained as outright favourite in betting markets for the 2014 The BMW, cutting in from an initial quote of $3.80 to currently feature as clear $3.10 market mover.
Steadily building to the task at hand over a particularly successful 2013 spring, Fiorente won the Group 2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on September 14th and placed third in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) before his memorable sprint to glory in the race that stops a nation.
Again producing a keen turn of foot to win the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) first-up before securing trainer Gai Waterhouse and jockey Damien Oliver a maiden Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m), the Monsun entire appeared out of sorts when seventh in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), but was blocked for a run and caught out wide for a good portion on the race.
Punters have well and truly responded to Fiorente’s allocation of the ideal barrier 1 for the 2014 BMW, who is likely to jump clear favourite this weekend.
Four-time Group 1 winner It’s A Dundeel opened in betting markets at reasonably generous odds of $4.20, but has in fact drifted to a current quote of $4.80 as punters have offered a strong share of wagers towards Fiorente.
It’s A Dundeel completed the three-year-old triple crown over an impressive 2013 autumn preparation, and was unlucky to finish second in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) to end the memorable campaign.
Returning to the track in prime condition over spring, the classy High Chaparral stallion was arguably most impressive when winning the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 21st and delivering talented mare Atlantic Jewel her only competitive race defeat.
Unlucky to finish second in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) first-up in 2014, It’s A Dundeel finished third in the Ranvet Stakes most recently and will have to overcome barrier 8 this weekend.
Registering at surprisingly long opening odds of nearly $5.50, New Zealand raider Silent Achiever caused a huge upset when claiming the Ranvet Stakes in her first start across the ditch this campaign, and continues to represent value to at $4.80 odds.
Yet to be defeated in three race starts this time in, the O’reilly mare produced a strong turn of foot to pip Fix on the line in the Retina Specialists Handicap (1500m) first-up, before strolling home in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) on March 8th prior to her impressive Ranvet Stake triumph.
Having drawn the ideal barrier 4, punters have largely chased a place bet for the in-form five-year-old, currently offered at $1.80.
With only one other runner offered at odds of less-than $10, Green Moon, plenty of value can be taken via remaining runners; particularly classy Irish import Voleuse De Coeurs.
Beginning his racing career under the care of leading trainer Dermot Weld, Voleuse De Coeurs won the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) on September 15th before being transferred to the stable of Michael Moroney for a tilt at the 2013 Melbourne Cup.
Having been allocated the prime barrier 2, Voleuse De Coeurs offers punters exceptional value at $11 for the win, or $3.20 for a place.
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