Fourteen three-year-olds will line up for Saturday’s 2016 Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Mackintosh savaged the line for an impressive win at Doomben a fortnight ago and remains clear $2.45 favourite in 2016 Grand Prix Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting four wins through his six start career so far, Mackintosh began his racing tenure under the guidance of James Bridge in his native New Zealand, but has been transferred to the care of Chris Waller for his current preparation.
Taking out an Ellerslie minor over 1500m on January 9th, Mackintosh made one appearance in Australia for Bridge, but was unable to match the late pace of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 5th and finished twelfth.
Beating a classy field to the line in the Fishboy Seafoods BM77 (1500m) on April 30th, the Pins gelding charged home to win the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) a fortnight ago and could very well receive the run of the race in the Grand Prix Stakes from barrier 3, with in-form hoop Blake Shinn aboard.
Howard Be Thy Name broke through for a maiden win at the highest level last start and undoubtedly offers punters the best value for money in 2016 Grand Prix Stakes betting markets at current $4.60 odds for success.
Running second in the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) on February 5th, Howard Be Thy Name returned to Melbourne for a smart race win in the Racing.com BM70 (1600m) on March 31st.
Claiming his maiden black type win in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) on April 16th, the Redoute’s Choice colt repeated the dose in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) a fortnight later before charging home to win the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) on May 14th.
While charged with overcoming a drop back in distance, Howard Be Thy Name is arguably the class horse of the 2016 Grand Prix Stakes field and is more than worth consideration for a bet.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently available at 2016 Grand Prix Stakes odds of less-than $10, Cylinder Beach ($7.50) should find a good position off the early pace from barrier 9 and will be partnered by in-from hoop Michael Cahill.
A standout for Eagle Farm-based trainer Desleigh Forster through the 2015 Winter Carnival, Cylinder Beach capped his impressive maiden campaign fourth in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).
Resuming this time for an impressive win in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1630m), the Showcasing gelding ran on for second in the Rough Habit Plate a fortnight ago.
Open an account and bet with Ladbrokes.com.au to take advantage of the best 2016 Grand Prix Stakes odds!