Team Hawkes’ promising young Nadeem colt Happy Galaxy has opened odds-on favourite to add some black type to their record with a win in the Zeditave Stakes 2013, the field for the Caulfield feature down to just four three-year-olds.
The early scratching of the unbeaten Peter Moody-trained third favourite Royal Haunt has left just three rivals for Happy Galaxy to defeat in the $120,000 Listed Zeditave Stakes (1200m) which is due to run as Caulfield Race 2 at 1:30pm (AEST).
In the current Zeditave Stakes odds the three-time winner is at a prohibitive price of $1.50 and firming, Dwayne Dunn set to partner them from the outside gate.
Having their first start in stakes company, Happy Galaxy vies for their third win on the trot after back-to-back victories at Rosehill in January.
Their most recent effort was an eye-catching four length romp over 1200m in a Benchmark 75 on January 12 when Jay Ford was in the saddle, and connections are confident they can bring their scintillating form back to Melbourne.
Occupying the second line of Zeditave Stakes betting is then the Peter Snowden-trained Rusambo, the Elusive Quality colt paying $2.80 to win their third race from 10 starts.
Already a stakes winner having held on in a tight finish at Moonee Valley back in August to win the listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m), Rusambo races for the first time since their fourth to Snitzerland in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) three months ago.
Having bled during the Danehill the Darley-owned runner had to spend a compulsory three months on the sidelines and returns in the Zeditave where they will have to be at their best to overcome what is likely to be a very moderate pace.
Timely Truce then pays $16, Ricky Maund’s Cranbourne galloper coming off a good win at Kilmore over Tycoon Express from January 6.
Rounding out the 2013 Zeditave Stakes betting odds is then $18 chance Wakeel, Craig Williams’ mount racing second-up for the season.
The Shamardal colt debuted for new trainer Sam Kavanagh at Morphttville Parks on January 12 when fifth, Kavangah hoping they can regain the form that saw them win both their starts at Ballarat last September for former trainer Stephen Theodore.
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2013 Zeditave Stakes Odds
Caulfield Race 2 – 1:30pm (AEST) – 26/01/2013
|2||HAPPY GALAXY (5)||1.50|
|3||TIMELY TRUCE (2)||16.00|
|4||ROYAL HAUNT (1)||–|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change