The horse Sydney trainer Chris Waller is tipping to hand him his third consecutive Chipping Norton Stakes title at Warwick Farm on Saturday, Shoot Out, has opened top of the markets for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival classic.
Due to jump as Warwick Farm Race 6 at 4:20pm (AEST) the $350,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) has this season attracted a final field of 14 gallopers, an incredible six of which are prepared by Waller.
Waller has won the past two editions of the race with Danleigh (2011) and then Shoot Out (2012), both of which are in the mix again this year.
Of his six-strong contingent it is High Chaparral six-year-old Shoot Out racing first-up here that he is tipping to win.
“He’s a class horse who has won some of the best Group Ones around, and he’s in his prime,”
“He’s drawn well and won first-up over the mile in the past.”
It seems the bookies agree with the four-time Group 1 winning gelding, who was last seen running a credible fifth to Ocean Park in the illustrious Cox Plate, topping the current Chipping Norton Stakes odds at a quote of $5.
In a tight early market one horse is hot on Shoot Out’s heels with the Peter Moody-trained Manighar paying $5.50 to add a fourth Group 1 title to their record following the star import’s historic Australian Cup – Ranvet Stakes – The BMW treble from last autumn.
The Linamix seven-year-old hasn’t raced since their sixth to Ocean Park in the Underwood last September, Manighar having spent the past few months recovering from a knee injury.
While Shoot Out has drawn ideally in gate two, Manighar will have work to do in the Chipping Norton having come up with the extreme outside barrier 14.
There are then two other single-figure fancies in the Chipping Norton Stakes betting markets with Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Silent Achiever ($6.50) and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Laser Hawk ($9).
Roger James’ O’Reilly four-year-old Silent Achiever, winner of last year’s NZ Derby, resumed back at Ellerslie last month carrying a hefty 61kg to a very close second over 1400m.
She will relish the drop back to 57kg on Saturday with James McDonald engaged to ride her from barrier one, Silent Achiever having been competitive in Sydney last autumn when third in the Rosehill Guineas.
She will face Rosehill Guineas winner Laser Hawk again on Saturday with the Artie Schiller four-year-old looking to bounce back after their first-up eighth in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) in the mud at this track on February 23.
Other longer-priced contenders looking to score an upset at juicy prices then include Waller’s 2011 winner Danleigh ($12), 10-time Group 1 winning Kiwi veteran King Mufhasa ($13) coming off a brave third in the Futurity Stakes, and the Waller-trained New Zealand expat Tougher Than Ever ($13) the three-year-old colt having run second in the Apollo.
Check out the full range of 2013 Chipping Norton Stakes odds in the table below, prices courtesy of our preferred online betting agency bookmaker.com.au are has a $400 bonus welcome bet waiting for first-time depositing customers this season!
2013 Chipping Norton Stakes Odds
Warwick Farm Race 6 – 4:20pm (AEST) – 09/03/2013
|2||KING MUFHASA (13)||13.00|
|3||SHOOT OUT (2)||5.00|
|5||ALBERT THE FAT (12)||34.00|
|6||GLENCADAM GOLD (11)||15.00|
|7||LASER HAWK (5)||9.00|
|10||ALMA’S FURY (6)||21.00|
|12||HAVANA REY (7)||17.00|
|13||SILENT ACHIEVER (1)||6.50|
|14||TOUGHER THAN EVER (8)||13.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change