Having returned to the track in typically brilliant form this season, exciting mare Catkins is currently featuring as clear favourite in betting markets for the major Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
Securing 10 wins and 6 places in only 19 starts over her glittering career so far, Catkins was arguably one of the country’s most impressive and successful racehorses over 2013, claiming victory in four races and finishing outside the places on only one occasion.
Arguably most impressive when finishing an unlucky second Red Tracer in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) in November, Catkins is yet to be beaten since returning to the racing on February 15th, winning both the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) first-up and Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) most recently.
Despite drawing the relatively awkward barrier 14 for this weekend’s Coolmore Classic, punters have responded to the classy Dubawi mare’s incredible form this preparation, jumping on opening odds of $4.50 to currently instil the four-year-old as clear $4.20 and amazingly the only runner currently offered at odds of less-than $10.
Leading trainer Chris Waller is poised to dominate the running of the 2014 Coolmore Classic, with Catkin’s talented stable mate Royal Descent currently featuring tied on the second line of betting with Lucia Valentina at a quote of $10, to register as undoubted market mover after opening at odds of nearly $15.
Royal Descent was unlucky to finish fourth in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) first-up on March 1st, but has become known as a talented autumn runner, having built to an impressive win in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) in 2013.
Despite also drawing wide (barrier 13), Waller is confident of securing the trifecta in the 2014 Coolmore Classic, having also accepted a position for talented runner Arinosa, who offers punters incredible value from barrier 4 at current odds of $26.
Lucia Valentina is yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers in 2014 Coolmore Classic betting markets, maintaining opening odds of $10.
The talented three-year-old has quickly risen to prominence since debuting on track in her native New Zealand in October, winning the Group 3 Wellington Stakes (1600m) before falling during the running of the Group 2 Great North Guineas (1600m) and recovering only one week later to finish an unlucky second in the Group 2 N.Z Bloodstock Royal Stakes (2000m) on January 1st.
Having debuted in Australia with a strong third in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) on March 8th, the Savabeel filly is offered a great chance from barrier 6 on Saturday.
Returning to the track in sensational form this campaign, Peter Moody-trained A Time For Julia arguably offers punters the best value to 2014 Coolmore Classic betting markets, currently featured at particularly generous odds of $17.
Scoring four wins and four place over ten race starts so far, A Time For Julia is undoubtedly in career best form ahead of her maiden tilt at a Group 1 this weekend, comfortably claiming the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up before finishing a competitive second behind Red Tracer in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) on March 1st and returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Roy Higgins Tribute Quality (1200m) last weekend.
Opening at odds of $19, punters have already started to include the talented Redoute’s Choice in serious calculations for the 2014 Coolmore Classic.
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