Just nine runners have been confirmed to line up at Rosehill Gardens this weekend to contest the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having completed a strong barrier trial at Hawkesbury earlier this week, Team Hawkes-trained colt Nostradamus has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 San Domenico Stakes, currently available at $3.80 odds.
Contesting just three starts over his maiden preparation through the 2014 autumn, Nostradamus was unable to secure a particularly consistent run of form, however did figure in competitive position in each.
Winning the Nursery Plate (1100m) with ease on debut, the Medaglia D’Oro colt ran on from the rear of the field to finish fourth in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) before finishing a credible seventh in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) most recently on February 22nd.
Reportedly taking well to his time in the paddock, the Hawkes’ have been happy with the way Nostradamus has taken to work in the lead-up to his racing return, and are confident Premiership winning jockey James McDonald will get the best from their runner from the ideal barrier 4 this weekend.
Contesting just one race start so far, punters have shown relatively large interest in Gerald Ryan-trained runner Washington Heights since betting markets first opened on Wednesday, cutting the three-year-old in to even $4 odds from an opening quote of $4.30.
Performing well in a barrier trial at Rosehill last weekend, Washington Heights more than stamped his claims as one to watch through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival when charging home to finish second in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) on April 12th.
Allocated the inside barrier for the San Domenico Stakes, Washington Heights is definitely worth consideration for a wager with in-form jockey Brenton Avdulla confirmed to take the ride on Saturday.
Having so-far received the greatest market share of bets since fields first opened on Wednesday, Ygritte has cut in from an opening quote of more than $7 to current featured at even $5 odds and register as clear market mover.
One of the most consistent runners over the 2014 two-year-old season, Ygritte debuted for first in the Facebook Friends Race Day Maiden (1000m) on February 1st before claiming three second-placings back-to-back in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m), Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes (1200m) most recently on April 19th.
Kerrin McEvoy has been confirmed to take the ride on Ygritte for the first time competitive in the 2014 San Domenico Stakes, and is offered a great opportunity to begin the partnership on a winning note from barrier 3.
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