Deam Demi Leads Fernhill Handicap 2012 Betting

Clarry Connors-trained filly Dear Demi heads the early betting market for the 2012 Fernhill Handicap (1600m) which will kick of proceedings on a bumper nine-race Doncaster Mile Day card at Royal Randwick.

Currently paying $2.80, the daughter of Dehere has by the far the best record in the 11-horse field of juveniles.

She has one victory and two-placings from six career starts and highlights have come with a Juniors Handicap win over Ashokan in late February and a runner-up effort to Flying Snitzel in the Group 3 Schweppervescence.

She is followed in the betting by Paul Messara colt Rowie ($4.80) who is relatively untested, having just one start to his name.

The Flying Spur colt earned the step up to Listed level racing with a dominant one-and-a-half length victory on debut at Randwick-Kensington on April 9.

There is a large gap in the market behind the top two, with Red Hot Chillies ($7.50), Great Dansaar ($9.00) and Strength ($9.00) the next best.

Of those, Casino Prince colt Strength looks the most likely to challenge the front runners after finishing a promising third in the Schweppervescence last start.

Peter Snowden-trained horse Proverb provides value for the punters at $10.00 and is fresh off a fourth-place finish in the Schweppervescence.

The Commands gelding signalled potential on debut when winning the Australian Turf Club Plate at Wyong in early March.

Magical Talent ($41.00) and Anthony Cummings gelding Fiveandahalfstar ($61.00) are the long-shot outsiders to take top honours in the $100,000 event.

The Fernhill Handicap is set to jump at 11:45am as the first race in Sydney this Saturday on a day that features some high quality racing.

Headling the Randwick meeting is the prestigious Doncaster Mile along with the Australian Oaks and the Galaxy event for sprinters.

It is likely that almost all the Randwick races will be impacted by scratchings this week with the track currently rated as heavy and more rain predicted for tomorrow.

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