Just eleven fillies and mares have been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens, still offering punters particularly good value for money in terms of placing a winning bet.
Having returned to the track in typically scintillating form this preparation, talented mare Catkins has opened and maintained as clear favourite in betting markets for the 2014 Emancipation Stakes, cutting in to a short quote of $1.60 over the last 24 hours ahead of Sharnee Rose ($9), Floria ($10) and Diamond Drille; offering particularly generous $12 odds.
Will Catkins justify her resounding favouritism in the 2014 Emancipation Stakes, or will one of her competitors reach the line in the clear?
Arguably one of the most impressive runners yet to claim a Group 1 victory, Catkins finished no worse than third in six races over the 2013 spring, and has returned to racing this year in similarly impressive form; claiming the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) and Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) back-to-back before finishing an unlucky third in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) last time out. Having drawn the ideal barrier 6 for the Emancipation Stakes, the talented Dubawi mare will be partnered by in-form jockey Hugh Bowman and will be particularly difficult to beat.
Sharnee Rose ($9)
Despite faltering when seventh in the Coolmore Classic last time out, Sharnee Rose has returned to racing in good form this time in, finishing fourth in the Breeders Classic first-up before producing a positive turn of foot to finish second in the Wiggle Stakes. Allocated barrier 7 for the Emancipation Stakes, Sharnee Rose will likely receive the run of the race on the heels of Catkins, and will be partnered by talented jockey Brenton Avdulla.
While yet to hit peak condition this preparation, classy mare Wistful has secured four wins and two places in only eleven race starts, and offers punters sensational value for success in the 2014 Emancipation Stakes at a current quote of $26. Finishing no worse than third in an impressive 2013 spring, Wistful built towards a competitive third in the Group 3 Summond Stakes (1600m) on November 16th, opening several options for her current preparation. Highlighting the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1400m) as a hopeful target this time in, trainer Peter Snowden is confident leading jockey Craig Williams will guide Wistful to good position from barrier 9 this weekend.
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