A classy field of just nine three-year-olds have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this time in, classy filly First Seal has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in Spring Champion Stakes betting markets; cutting in from opening odds to $2 to currently register at a quote of $1.85 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Running fourth in the Drummond Golf Plate (1250m) first-up in May, trainer Ken Keys’ decision to immediately return First Seal to the paddock rather than contest major winter events has already paid dividends, as the Fastnet Rock filly has returned to racing for three wins and one second place.
Comfortably taking out a minor over 1100m first-up on August 13th, First Seal finished second to fellow Spring Champion Stakes acceptor Sweynesse in the TAB Early Quaddie 3.y.o (1400m) on August 30th, but returned to the winner’s circle for back-to-back victories in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4, punters may find best value in adding First Seal as a selection in a Spring Champion Stakes quinella or trifecta bet.
Surprisingly drifting since Spring Champion Stakes betting markets opened earlier this week, classy Godolphin runner Sweynesse has maintained status as outright second favourite for success this week but has opened out from an initial quote of $3 to currently register at odds of $3.60.
Yet to be defeated over three impressive race starts, Sweynesse won the Blue Gum Forest Plate (1400m) on debut in May and has returned to the track in similarly scintillating form this time in; winning the TAB Early Quaddie 3.y.o first-up before making a successful step-up to black type racing in winning both the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) most recently.
Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 3, the Lonhro colt has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Blake Shinn and is more than worth consideration for a Spring Champion Stakes bet.
Arguably offering punters the best value for money in Spring Champion Stakes betting markets, Panzer Division has been charged with overcoming the wide barrier on Saturday, but is likely to find key position with the pack immediately after jump.
Winning the Gold Label Thoroughbreds Maiden (1200m) on debut in July, Panzer Division finished second to classy stable mate Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on September 6th.
Figuring as the only three-year-old in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) most recently on September 20th, the Redoute’s Choice colt was unable to match the late pace of eventual champion Sacred Falls but laid a great account for himself in finishing fifth.
Currently available at a generous quote of $7, Panzer Division has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Tye Angland.
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