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Ten quality races will run at Caulfield this Saturday for Caulfield Cup Day 2011, including the $125,000 Group 3 Betfair Stakes (1400m) where the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Love Conquers All is the easing favourite.
Programmed as Caulfield Race 6 and due to jump at 2:40pm (EDT) on Saturday, the 2011 Betfair Stakes field features 14 classy gallopers.
Love Conquers All leads the Caulfield Race 6 odds at Luxbet paying $4.80, out from $4.40, and is set to get the rails run after drawing barrier one.
Due to be ridden by Hall of Famer Darren Beadman, the Group 1 performing son of Mossman comes off a third to Neeson in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 1 and is equal 57.5kg topweight with fellow Sydney raiders Pinwheel and Albert The Fat.
Right at the other end of the Betfair Stakes field punters will find the current second favourite, #14 Varenna Miss who is the market mover here.
Drawn ideally in gate five with Dwayne Dunn engaged, Tony Noonan’s consistent Redoute’s Choice mare Varenna Miss is the one of only two mares engaged in the race along with Hurtle Myrtle ($15 Luxbet) and is the 54.5kg light weight of the field.
After opening at a quote of $9, Varenna Miss has been well backed and is now at a quote of $6 to improve on her last-start fifth in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 2 and win on Saturday.
There are four other 2011 Betfair Stakes runners at single-figure odds with:
- #2 Pinwheel ($6.50 out to $8 Luxbet) – has eased in the markets after drawing awkwardly in barrier 12, Peter Snowden’s Lonhro six-year-old should appreciate drop back in class after their 13th to Toorak Toff in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at this track and distance last start
- #3 Albert The Fat ($13 into $9 Luxbet) – seen lots of support having come up with a nice gate seven start, seemps to have found their form since joining Chris Waller’s stables and look ready to peak at this distance
- #6 Launay ($9 Luxbet) – another from Snowden’s stables, steady in the market as distance is ideal, they have three wins over the 1400m from five attempts and race first-up after a lengthy five and a half month break, fair first-up record (5-1-2-1)
- #13 Speediness ($10 into $9.50) – right gate in three, consistent form over lightly-raced career to date, distance should suit and looks genuine place chance
Other longer-priced Betfair Stakes hopes on Saturday that could be worth a look in for the exotics include Budriguez ($12) who has work to do from gate 13, defending champion Rothera ($21) also wide in barrier 14, Hurtle Myrtle ($15) who beat home Love Conquers All when second in the Premiere Stakes first-up and Phelan Ready ($13) who should get a gun run from barrier six.
The full 2011 Betfair Stakes field, barriers and weights can be found below.
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2011 Betfair Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 6 – 15/10/2011
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2522220X13||LOVE CONQUERS ALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Darren Beadman||1||57.5kg||112|
|2||2413313140||PINWHEEL||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||12||57.5kg||111|
|3||X040X46X24||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||7||57.5kg||106|
|4||3068X03690||DANZYLUM||Robbie Griffiths||Luke Currie||2||56.5kg||100|
|5||0X15750X01||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||56.5kg||103|
|6||211X21263X||LAUNAY||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||8||56.5kg||100|
|7||1X116121X2||BUDRIGUEZ||David Jolly||Damien Oliver||13||56.5kg||102|
|8||110X891X79||ROTHERA||Peter G Moody||Craig Newitt||14||56.5kg||104|
|9||24X42534X1||AMAETHON||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||11||56.5kg||99|
|10||5X971518X2||HURTLE MYRTLE||Matthew Smith||Glyn Schofield||4||55.5kg||104|
|11||13230X2313||UTAH SAINTS||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||James Winks||9||55.5kg||95|
|12||4368X23X43||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||Brad Rawiller||6||55kg||104|
|13||1X331X22X6||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Craig Williams||3||55kg||88|
|14||X1249115X5||VARENNA MISS||Tony Noonan||Dwayne Dunn||5||54.5kg||105|
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