Just nine runners have been confirmed for this evening’s Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this time in, Chivalry has been backed into favouritism for success in Bill Stutt Stakes betting markets, currently available at odds of $3.10 ahead of drifter Almalad ($3.20) and Zebulon ($4.80) at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Chivalry justify his resounding favouritism amongst punters and win the 2014 Bill Stutt Stakes, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
The only Group 1 winner confirmed for the 2014 Bill Stutt Stakes, Almalad will return to his pet distance of a mile tonight for the first time since comfortably winning the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7th, and is an excellent chance of delivering on $3.20 odds. Securing a perfect record of three wins from as many starts leading into the Spring Carnival, the Al Maher gelding was somewhat disappointing when beating only a single runner home in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) first-up, but returned to competitive form when finishing a credible fourth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last weekend. Allocated the central barrier 6, confirmed to be partnered by regular hoop Tommy Berry and required to carry the same weight as his competitors, all signs point towards a return to the winner’s circle for Almalad in the Stutt Stakes.
While disappointing in the Golden Rose last time out when blocked for a run in the final straight, Kumaon finished a close second in the Run To The Rose first-up and arguably offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed in Bill Stutt Stakes betting markets. Securing one race wins and four minor places from just seven competitive starts so far, the Lonhro colt finished second in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at the beginning of his 2014 autumn prep, and while unlucky to be checked early when sixth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12th, charged home to finish third in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) on April 26th. Confirmed to be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy, Kumaon is an excellent chance of delivering particularly on $3 odds to run a place.
Finishing outside the places just once in six competitive starts so far, Chivalry will leave from the ideal barrier 1 in the 2014 Bill Stutt Stakes and is more than worth consideration for a bet. Returning to the paddock after finishing mid-pack in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd, trainer Mark Kavanagh’s decision to bypass major autumn events with a long view towards the spring already appears to be paying off; saddling the Street Cry colt to a strong win in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) first-up and second in the Listed Living Legends Stakes (1400m) last time out.
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