15 talented fillies and mares have been confirmed in the final field for 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.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this time, First Seal ($3.40) has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting markets ahead of Noble Protector ($3.60) and Catkins ($4.60) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will First Seal return to the winner’s circle in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes or will one of her classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Noble Protector ($3.60)
British import Noble Protector has never looked like losing over two impressive black type starts this time in and is more than worth consideration for a Queen Of The Turf Stakes bet as a result. Transferring to the care of Robert Smerdon partway through spring, The Haafhd mare ran second to subsequent two-time Group 1 winner Contributer in the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) on debut before running fourth in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on November 8th. Having comfortably won each of the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) and Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) this time, Noble Protector will jump from the central barrier 7 and is a great chance for success.
Kiwi raider Diademe is in exceptional form leading into the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes and without doubt offers punters the best value for money by far of any runner confirmed for Day 2 of The Championships and is more than worth consideration for a bet as a result. Posting seven wins and a further eight minor place finishes through her 25 career starts so far, the Savabeel mare booked her ticket to Australia when completing an impressive performance for success despite being caught wide in the Group 1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) on April 4th. Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Ryan Moore, Diademe will be very hard to beat on a soft surface.
First Seal ($3.40)
A Group 1 winner over the distance and weighted well with only 54.5kgs, First Seal has been unlucky not to return to winning form in her two most recent starts but is sure to lay a great account for herself in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes. Finishing outside the places just once in ten career starts, the daughter of Fastnet Rock won the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) on February 28th and has finished an agonizingly-close second in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) most recently.
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