Blue Diamond runner Bush Aviator and promising filly Rhandara are the obvious favourites to take out the 2012 St Albans Stakes (1200m) tomorrow night at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Bush Aviator currently sits ten cents outside Rhandara at $2.50 but has the best resume of all the horses in the small seven-horse field.
The rising colt finished tenth behind a high class field in the Blue Diamond and won his previous start over 1100 metres in the Elwick Stakes at Hobart on February 5.
Trained by Jim Conlan, Rhandara ($2.40) has signalled plenty of potential in her two starts having finished fourth in the Emirates Airline Plate on debut and again running fourth in the Listed Streets Ice Cream Stakes at Flemington on March 3.
Next best in the betting is Kingdom of Caid who sits a long way back from the two front runners at $7.50.
The untried David Hayes trained gelding will make his debut from the inside barrier with jockey Brad Rawiller on top.
Just behind Kingdom of Caid in the St Albans Stakes market is Boban ($8.00).
The Anthony Freedman trained horse will run from barrier six with Ben Melham in the saddle and is coming off a disappointing ninth in his one and only start.
How Swede It Is ($21.00) has placed three times from four starts, providing value for the punters, but it will be a large step up in class at Moonee Valley for the regular country track runner.
Other horses set to run in the 2012 St Albans Stakes include Underestimation ($12.00) and Tennessee Wills ($26.00).
With no racing in Melbourne on Saturday, tomorrow night’s meeting at Moonee Valley is the most significant of the weekend in Victoria.
The 2012 St Albans Stakes is one of two Listed races that act as important support events for the feature Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes.
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