Only seven runners have been confirmed in the field for Saturday’s featured 2016 Warwick Stakes (1400m), but the depth of talent means there is plenty of value to be taken from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Champion mare Winx will make her competitive return in the 2016 Warwick Stakes and remains a clear and justifiable $1.35 favourite with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Winx broke through for her maiden win at the highest level in the 2015 edition of the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m), and has since remained unbeaten.
Resuming last spring for success in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), the Street Cry mare undoubtedly displayed her dominance with consecutive and comfortable wins in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
Resuming this year for success in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), Winx progressed to consecutive wins in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Winx will jump from the ideal barrier 4 in the 2016 Warwick Stakes and will be partnered by regular and leading hoop Hugh Bowman.
Lucia Valentina has interestingly received the greatest market share of attention in 2016 Warwick Stakes betting markets so far; firmed into $5.50 favouritism after opening at a $6 quote.
Ending a consistent 2015 campaign a credible fifth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin in December, Lucia Valentina returned to racing this year for fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) before producing a career-best performance for success in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
The Savabeel mare will be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy from the rails draw in the Warwick Stakes, and has been charged with carrying only 57kgs.
Currently figuring as the only other runner available at 2016 Warwick Stakes odds of less-than $10, Rebel Dane will have the fitness edge of his rivals and is worth consideration at an $8 quote.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2013 edition of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), Rebel Dane resumed this year for third in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) before running fifth in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) and fourth in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).
While failing to figure in his next two starts, the California Dane entire ended his campaign fourth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), and has reportedly taken plenty of benefit from his first-up run for second in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (200m) a fortnight ago.
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