Confirmed to feature an impressive list of 15 competitors at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend, the 2014 Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) offers punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Producing a keen turn of foot to comfortably win the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) last time out, Amexed is currently outright favourite for success in betting markets for the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes.
Claiming two wins and three places from only seven competitive starts to date, Amexed has arguably returned to the track in career best form this year; finishing third in the Bundaberg Distilling Co. Maiden (1300m) before breaking through for a maiden race victory in the Underwriters Maiden (1600m) prior to the Rough Habit Plate.
Allocated the ideal barrier 3 for the Grand Prix Stakes, trainer Tony Gollan is confident in-form jockey Michael Rodd will once again get the best from the Pentire gelding this weekend, ahead of a likely appearance in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) on June 7th.
Finishing second to Amexed in the Rough Habit Plate, in what was also her maiden Australian appearance last time out on May 10th, Kiwi raider Telepathic has opened as and maintained status as clear second-favourite for success in betting markets, currently offered at $4.20 odds.
Finishing worse than second just once in seven career starts to date, Telepathic has fast shot to the forefront of the up-and-coming New Zealand staying community, and was unlucky to finish fifth when blocked for a run in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) to close a memorable maiden preparation.
Returning to the track in typically scintillating form this time in, the Mossman filly looked untroubled when winning the Lindauer 3.y.o Open (1200m) by nearly two-lengths first-up before repeating the dose in the Governor General’s Cup (1600m) in her only other start prior to the Rough Habit Plate.
While allocated the awkward barrier 14, leading New Zealand-based jockey Mark Du Plessis has been confirmed to make the trip across this ditch to partner Telepathic, who is a great chance of heading into the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) on May 31st in winning form.
Currently tied on the third line of betting with Pinstripe Lane at particularly generous odds of $7, talented three-year-old Glorious Lad is offered a great chance of causing an upset in the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes, have received the ideal barrier 5.
Claiming three wins and six places from just ten appearances on course to date, the Falkirk gelding has been a mainstay in major Kiwi events since debuting to racing in the spring of 2013; most notably finishing second in the Group 3 Wellington Stakes (1600m) and third in both the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
Finishing third in the Rough Habit Plate in what was also his maiden appearance in Australia; Glorious Lad poses an excellent chance of success and arguably offers punters the best value for money at current winnings odds, or $2.55 to claim a place.
Boosted by the news he will be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver this weekend, Pinstripe Lane enters the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes on the back of an impressive victory in the Rexel 3.y.o (1900m) last time out.
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