Just seven runners have been confirmed to line up for Friday’s Group 2 Stocks 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 scintillating form following nearly a year on the sidelines with injury, classy mare Commanding Jewel has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite for success in Stocks Stakes betting markets; currently available at odds of $1.65 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Stamping her claims as a serious racing contender from her maiden campaign, Commanding Jewel secured comfortable wins in each of her first two starts during the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival before finishing second in the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m), third in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1610m) and breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).
Appearing to be in line for another memorable preparation through the 2013 Spring Carnival before suffering a string of unfortunate trainer injuries, the Commands mare finished third in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) first-up this time before completing an exceptional run for first in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) on September 13th.
Confirmed to be partnered by regular and champion jockey Damien Oliver, punters may find value in adding Commanding Jewel as a selection in a Stocks Stakes Trifecta or Quinella bet.
Finishing second to Commanding Jewel in the 2012 Thousand Guineas, Dear Demi was a standout performer for renowned owner John Singleton over the 2013 Spring Carnival; finishing second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and third in both the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) most notably, and offers punters great value for money at current odds of $3.70 for success in the Stocks Stakes.
Claiming six wins and 13 minor places from 35 starts so far, the Dehere mare was unable to secure much of a competitive run of form over four starts in autumn; finishing a pleasing third in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) first-up but faded to finish eleventh in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and last in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m); returning to the paddock after finishing eighth in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Primed for success in the Stocks Stakes after finishing fifth in the Cockram Stakes and second in the Let’s Elope so far this season, Dear Demi will leave from the ideal barrier 2 and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner confirmed in the Stocks Stakes final field currently offered at odds of less-than $10 in betting markets, Solicit hit career-best form to date over the 2014 Autumn Carnival and arguably offers punters the best value for money on at a quote of $7.50.
Winning each of the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) upon returning to the track this year, the Street Cry mare was unlucky to be blocked for a run and fourth in the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m) on March 21st but almost responded in the best way possible when finishing a close second in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on April 5th.
Charged with carrying a race-low 56.5kgs, Solicit is more than worth consideration for a Stocks Stakes bet.
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