Just six runners remain in the final field for this evening’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 exceptional form following nearly a year on the sidelines with injury, Group 1 winner Commanding Jewel has opened as and firmed in betting markets for success in the 2014 Stock Stakes, currently available at odds of $1.60 ahead of Dear Demi ($3.70) and Solicit ($6.50) at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Commanding Jewel continue her impressive run of form through the 2014 Stocks Stakes, or will one of her classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Commanding Jewel ($1.60)
Returning to what is arguably her pet racing distance; all signs seem to point towards another impressive victory for Commanding Jewel in the 2014 Stock Stakes. A standout performer from her maiden racing preparation, which was highlighted with a memorable win in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) during the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival, Commanding Jewel appeared to be on track for another scintillating campaign in 2013 before a strong of unfortunate injuries forced a return to the spelling paddock. Having finished third in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) first-up before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) last time out, punters may find value in backing the Commands mare to win the Stocks Stakes and one of her rivals to finish second in a quinella bet.
Dear Demi ($3.70)
Finishing second to Commanding Jewel in both the 2012 Thousand Guineas and the Let’s Elope Stakes last time out, Dear Demi was a standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival and was unlucky not to break through for a Group 1 victory; finishing second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and third in both the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) most notably. Unable to make much of an impact over four autumn starts this year, the Dehere mare appears primed for success this spring and is more than worth consideration for a Stocks Stakes bet at current odds.
In such a small field it is hard to tip against market order, and that appears exactly the case with the 2014 Stocks Stakes. Unable to figure when seventh in the Let’s Elope Stakes first-up, Solicit hit career-best form over the 2014 Autumn Carnival and is worth consideration for this evening’s Group 2. Winning both the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) first-up this year, the Street Cry mare continued to build in form and class on her way to a close second in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) most notably on April 5th.
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