The BMW 2016 (2400m) is set to play host to some of the country’s best stayers with a view towards the major distance races during The Championships this year, and punters can already take advantage of plenty of value in early betting markets for the race as a result.
Kiwi raider Mongolian Khan stamped himself as one of the southern hemisphere’s best stayers in 2015 and remains tied $9 favourite alongside Our Ivanhowe and Winx in 2015 The BMW betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Mongolian Khan has been a standout for leading New Zealand trainer Murray Baker through his short but impressive career to date; posting eight wins and one minor through only thirteen competitive starts.
Winning each of the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
A maiden trip to Australia heralded fifth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) first-up before the Holy Roman Emperor gelding returned to his pet distance of 2400m and won the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m).
Returning in spring for seventh in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), Mongolian Khan continued to impress in placing fourth in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and third in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) before returning to winning form in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17th.
Our Ivanhowe was unlucky to be checked in the final straight when tenth in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) in early November, but has shown a clear love of a mile and a half.
A standout in his native Germany and Europe before being purchased and transferred to the care of Lee and Anthony Freedman, the Soldier Hollow entire debuted in Australia for seventh in the Group 3 RA Lee (1600m) in May last year before returning to the paddock for a freshen up.
Clearly needing the run when ninth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) first-up, Our Ivanhowe impressed in placing second in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) and third in the Caulfield Cup in the weeks leading up to the Melbourne Cup.
Winx is unlikely to contest the 2015 The BMW with a view towards events later in the carnival but is a deserving favourite for the race should she take her position.
Breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) in autumn, the Street Cry mare returned to racing in spring for consecutive wins in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) and Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) before delivering a very strong field a resounding defeat in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
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