Betting for the 2018 Group 1 $700,000 Altus...
All the hype in Adelaide this week may be about wonder mare Black Caviar in the Robert Sangster Stakes but there is plenty of other Group racing at Morphetville including the 2012 Queen Of The South Stakes.
Run over 1600 metres, betting is currently tight for the female only Group 2 event with the top four horses proving tough to split.
PFD Food Services Stakes third place-getter Booklet and in-form mare Little House currently share favouritism at $5.00 [(bookmaker)].
Little House is facing a step up in her first start at Group level racing but she is by far the form horse in the field with five wins from six starts.
Just behind the top two in the betting is Gai Waterhouse-trained mare Upon This Rock ($5.50) who is fresh off a victory at Warwick Farm and Bowerbird ($6.00) who has finished runner-up in her last two starts.
It gets no easier from there with Echuca Cup winner Zubbaya just behind the top group at $7.00.
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#8 Little House ($5.00)
Little House may be facing a step up in her first effort at Group level but the Mark Minervini-trained horse has shown she has the talent to match it against better opposition.
Since debuting last year, the Arena mare has scored five wins from six starts and has a worst ever finish of fourth place in the Matrice Stakes.
The talented four-year-old has won at the 1600-metre distance before and has drawn a favourable barrier five position.
#3 Upon This Rock and #1 Zubbaya
Trained by the prolific Gai Waterhouse, Upon This Rock showed a liking for 1600 metres last start when producing a dominant victory by almost two lengths ahead of a 16-horse field at Warwick Farm on April 4.
The Fastnet Rock mare has drawn the inside barrier and should get out of the gates quickly on a Morphetville track that is expected to be in the Dead range.
Zubbaya has one of the better records in the race at five wins from 15 starts and should be near the front end of the pack at the business end of the race.
The Echuca Cup winner will be at home in the field as he has plenty of Listed and Group level experience as well as two wins over 1600 metres.
#5 So Pristine ($9.50)
Maybe not a genuine roughie at $9.50, but the Zabeel mare looks the most likely outside of the top four favourites to take home top honours this Saturday.
Trained by Peter Moody, she has drawn a reasonable barrier (3) and will benefit from having regular Moody jockey Luke Nolen on board.
The six-year-old has six wins from 28 starts and is no stranger to Group level racing.
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