Peter Snowden’s evergreen veteran Lonhro gelding Pinwheel has opened the odds-on favourite to win the Australia Stakes 2013 at Moonee Valley Racecourse this Friday night, the seven-year-old resuming racing after a two month break.
Due to be ridden by Vlad Duric from barrier two in the $220,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) under the lights at the Valley, Pinwheel will face just six rivals following the early scratching of stable-mate Skytrain who will race in the Listed Canterbury Classic on the same night in Sydney instead.
A blistering first-up record of four wins from six attempts when resuming and plenty of exceptional weight-for-age performances including their successful Group double with wins in the Warwick Stakes and Missile Stakes last spring has seen the bookies and punters rally behind Pinwheel first-up.
Last seen running a brave fourth beaten only a length by unbeaten Perth star Barakey in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot on November 24, Pinwheel is paying $1.90 in the latest Australia Stakes odds.
Friday evening will be the top elect’s first look at the notoriously tight circuit at Moonee Valley, but a glowing report from their Winterbottom winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy after a Werribee jumpout last week has the confidence high in camp Pinwheel.
Two of Pinwheel’s fellow Australia Stakes 2013 competitors are also under $10 in betting with:
- #6 Undeniably ($3.70) – Mark Kavanagh-trained six-year-old has been in top form this time in with two excellent runs at Caulfield starting with a second to stable-mate Catapulted in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) before they beat home Sea Lord in the Listed Christmas Stakes on Boxing Day
- #5 Sea Lord ($7.50) – Christmas Stakes runner-up gets the inside run from barrier one here, Stephen Brown’s Street Cry five-year-old undefeated at the track with three wins from as many starts giving them a nice advantage here
Other notable chances then include last year’s DC McKay Stakes winner Outlandish Lad ($11) and Dubleo mare Koonoomoo ($12) who comes off a great win in the Group 3 Herald Sun Stakes (1400m) at Flemington back on Melbourne Cup Day drawn in barriers four and three respectively.
See below for the latest Australia Stakes odds, fixed win prices provided by bookmaker.com.au who have a $400 bonus welcome bet waiting for you as a new customer when you make your first deposit and enter the limited-time-only codeword BONUSBET!
2013 Australia Stakes Odds
Moonee Valley Race 6 – 9:15pm (AEST) – 25/01/2013
|2||ZEDI KNIGHT (8)||18.00|
|3||OUTLANDISH LAD (4)||11.00|
|5||SEA LORD (1)||7.50|
|8||BONNIE MAC (7)||18.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change