Just ten runners remain in the final field for this weekend’s featured Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick after trainer Chris Waller elected to remove Group 1 champion Boban as a result of the bogged running surface, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint.
Having returned to racing in typically competitive form this time in, Team Hawkes-trained runner Messene has opened as an maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 Warwick Stakes, currently available at generous odds of $4.40.
Securing an impressive total of nine wins and three minor places from just 14 competitive starts, Messene was a standout performer over the 2014 Autumn Carnival; comfortably winning both the Listed National Sprint (1400m) and Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) before placing a credible seventh in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th.
Completing a strong run to finish a nose behind Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) first-up this season on August 9th, the Lonhro gelding has been confirmed to be partnered by premiership-winning jockey James McDonald and will leave from the slightly wide-of-centre barrier 7.
A notable performer on damp racing surfaces, Sacred Falls has so-far received the greatest market share of wagers for success in the 2014 Warwick Stakes, cutting in from an opening quote of more than $6 to currently feature as tied $5 second-favourite and clear market mover.
Contesting a commendable record of eight wins and three minor places from 19 starts, the O’reilly entire was unlucky to finish just outside the places in both the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) first-up this year before charging home to win the Doncaster Mile by close to a length on Day 1 of The Championships, successfully defending his 2013 title in the same race.
Returning to the paddock after finishing second to It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 19th, Sacred Falls has reportedly taken well to his time in the paddock and return to work and arguably offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the 2014 Warwick Stakes.
Also offered at even $5 odds for success in the 2014 Warwick Stakes, talented French import Weary offers Waller an excellent chance to win this weekend’s Randwick feature, particularly after being allocated the ideal barrier 3.
Failing to finish outside the places in five starts over autumn, the Astronomer Royal gelding debuted in Australia for third in a minor over 1400m at Rosehill on February 15th before more than stamping his claims as one to watch when finishing second in the Ajax Stakes.
Breaking through for a maiden Australian victory in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on Golden Slipper day, the four-year-old finished a fighting third in the Doncaster Mile and finished an impressive second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 26th.
Returning for fifth in the Missile Stakes, Waller is confident Weary will be far better for the first-up run and is expecting a polished and winning performance on the soaked Randwick track.
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