Just 14 runners will line up for this weekend’s Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend after outside chance Takewing was removed from the final field to chase alternate events throughout the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
As a result, punters are now offered even greater value for money and several key opportunities to place a winning bet in the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes on Saturday.
Aiming for a third consecutive victory when lining up at Doomben this weekend, talented local Amexed has opened as and maintained status and outright favourite for success in the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes, currently offered at a quote of $4, ahead of Telepathic ($4.20) and market mover Glorious Lad ($6).
Will Amexed continue his impressive run of form and final the Grand Prix Stakes line in the clear, or will one of his talented rivals break-through for the victory?
Glorious Lad ($6)
A strong and consistent in major events in his native New Zealand over his career-opening and current racing preparation, Glorious Lad is a great chance of success in the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes and arguably offers punters the best value for money at current $6 odds. Unlucky to finish fourth when blocked for a run in the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) on February 1st, the Falkirk gelding more than staked his claims as a leading chance for major events across the ditch throughout the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in finishing third in both the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on March 1st. Finishing third in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) in his first Australian appearance last time out, trainer Shaune Ritchie is confident Glorious Lad will be far better for the first-up run, who will be particularly difficult to beat from barrier 5.
Finishing outside the places just once in seven competitive starts to date, Telepathic is unlucky not to be competing for a fourth straight victory in the Grand Prix Stakes this weekend, having claimed each of her first two races in New Zealand this season before finishing a close second to Amexed in the Rough Habit Plate last time out. Despite being allocated the wide and relatively awkward barrier 14, Telepathic has been confirmed to be partnered by leading Kiwi jockey Mark Du Plessis, and is a great chance of returning to the winner’s circle at Doomben this weekend.
Claiming two wins and seven places from 21 competitive starts to date, Vilanova offers punters incredible value for success in the Grand Prix Stakes are current $15 odds for victory, or $4.30 to run a place. Continuing to build in consistent form throughout his current preparation, the Commands gelding strolled home to win the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) on February 22nd, finishing in contention in each of his proceeding four starts, including a spirited fourth in the Rough Habit Plate last time out. Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Nash Rawiller, Vilanova is more than worth a wager at current odds.
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