Catkins to Justify Favouritism in 2014 Coolmore Classic – Tips and Betting

March 21st, 2014

A particularly talented field of 16 will line up for the featured 2014 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend, however betting markets point towards only one possible winner; Catkins, the only runner currently offered at a quote of less-than $10.

Catkins will jump resounding favourite in this weekend's Group 1 Coolmore Classic

Catkins will jump resounding favourite in this weekend's Group 1 Coolmore Classic. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Returning to the track in typically scintillating form this year, Catkins can currently be taken by punters at a still-generous quote of $4, ahead of market mover Steps In Time and Royal Descent who share the second line of betting at $10, Lucia Valentina, Dear Demi and Sharnee Rose ($12 each).

Will Catkins justify her overwhelming favouritism in the Coolmore Classic, or will one of her classy rivals find the line in the clear?

1st

Catkins ($4)

While offering many good chances of an upset this weekend, the Coolmore Classic looks likely to fall the way of Catkins, particularly when considering her current form. Producing a blistering turn of foot to overcome a strong sprint from Steps In Time in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) first-up on February 15th, Catkins was not troubled at all in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) most recently, strolling home to win by more than two lengths. Yet to claim a Group 1 title, the classy Dubawi mare is arguably offered her best chance to break the drought this weekend, but will have to overcome the slightly awkward barrier 14.

2nd

Lucia Valentina ($12)

Having produced a particularly strong start to her racing career, talented New Zealand import Lucia Valentina offers punters incredible value for money at her current $12 odds. Claiming two of five races and finishing second in the Group 2 NZ Bloodstock Royal Stakes (2000m) across the ditch before transferring to the care of trainer Kris Lees in January, Lucia Valentina was impressive in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) in her Australian debut on March 8th, overcoming poor position rounding the bend to finish a competitive third behind Thump and Real Surreal. Allocated the ideal barrier 6 for the 2014 Coolmore Classic, the Savabeel filly is offered great chance of a maiden Group 1 this weekend.

3rd

Dear Demi ($12)

Placing a disappointing 11th in the 2013 edition of the Coolmore Classic, classy four-year-old Dear Demi bounced back to produce a consistent spring preparation which has seemingly spilled into 2014; claiming a strong third in the Wiggle Stakes first-up on March 8th. Despite drawing the slightly awkward barrier 10, trainer Clarry Conners is confident the Dehere mare can her second-career Group 1 title this weekend, particularly with leading jockey Damien Oliver on board.

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