15 talented fillies and mares have been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Three-year-old First Seal has returned to racing in typically slick form this season and has maintained status as favourite in 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting markets as a result; currently available at a quote of $3.50 for success with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Finishing outside the places just once over her nine start career so far, First Seal more than stamped her racing arrival over the 2014 Spring Carnival; winning each of the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) before placing second in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) most notably.
Placing second in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) first-up this time before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m), the Fastnet Rock filly has finished an agonizingly-close second in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in recent weeks and is sure to enjoy a return to a mile on Saturday.
British import Noble Protector is yet to taste anything but success this season and rates as a $3.60 chance in 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting markets as a result.
Running second in the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) upon debuting to Australia in October, Noble Protector was unlucky to be checked rounding onto the final straight of the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on November 8th but managed to finish a credible fourth.
Having won both the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) and Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) this time in, Craig Williams has been confirmed to retain the ride on the Haafhd mare this weekend, who is a great chance of success from barrier 7.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less-than $10 in 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting markets, Catkins remains the most talented Australian runner yet to break through for a maiden win at the highest level but is sure to be boosted by the addition of Joao Moreira on Saturday.
Finishing outside the first three only a handful of times through her 31 career starts, Catkins has found typically scintillating form this time in; winning each of the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) and Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) and running second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) before returning to winning ways in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) a fortnight ago.
2014 champion Diamond Drille may be worth consideration for a Queen Of The Turf Stakes bet at current $17 odds, while three-year-old Amicus ($21) is a competitive chance with just 54.5kgs.
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