Having returned to the track in typically scintillating form this preparation, classy mare Catkins has opened and maintain favouritism in betting markets for the 2014 Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
Opening at particularly short odds of $2.20 for success after drawing the central barrier 6, punters have already shown notable support for the Dubawi mare for Emancipation Stakes glory, seeing her quote cut substantially to currently feature at $1.70.
Finishing no worse than third in six race starts over spring, Catkins is arguably the most consistent performer yet to register a Group 1 victory, winning both the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint (1200m) and Group 3 Eliza Park International Stakes (1600m) before placing an unlucky second behind stable mate Red Tracer in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) most notably.
Claiming back-to-back wins in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) and Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) first-up in 2014, Catkins was unable to justify resounding favouritism in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) most recently, finishing a still-competitive third.
Featuring more than $7 shorter in betting markets than any other Emancipation Stakes acceptor, Catkins will jump favourite on Saturday without doubt.
Carrying winning form into the 2014 Emancipation Stakes after claiming the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) last time out, Diamond Drille is yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers in betting markets for success this weekend, though does currently feature as outright second favourite at $9 odds.
Allocated the ideal barrier 1 for this weekend’s major Group 2, Diamond Drille has amassed four wins and one place from only eight starts to date and appears to be reaching peak form ahead of a likely tilt at the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on April 19th.
Considered by trainer Gai Waterhouse as a legitimate big race horse, Diamond Drille offers punters sensational value at $9 odds, or $2.45 for a place.
Two runners; Sharnee Rose and Floria currently share the third line of betting at $9.50 odds for success in the 2014 Emancipation Stakes after both returning to the track in competitive form this preparation.
Sharnee Rose has secured four wins and eleven places from 28 race starts to date, and despite leaving from barrier 7 this weekend, is offered a particularly good chance of securing a place at $2.55 odds.
Unable to make much of an impact when eighth in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) last time out, Floria was allocated the ideal barrier 4 for the 2014 Emancipation Stakes and offers punters a legitimate chance of success with leading jockey Craig Newitt on board.
Interestingly, little-known outsider Wistful has so-far received the largest market share of bets in 2014 Emancipation Stakes betting markets, cutting in from opening odds of more than $30 to currently register as clear $21 market mover.
Unable to figure in contention in either of the Wiggle Stakes or Coolmore Classic so far this season, the four-year-old Tiger Hill mare has secured four wins and two places from 11 race starts and will be partnered by in-form jockey Craig Williams this weekend.
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