On Saturday one of the two Group 2 features on the Rosehill race card is the 2013 Stan Fox Stakes for three-year-olds, betting tips for the lucrative Spring Champion Stakes lead-up found right here.
Giving the punters some class racing early on the program, this year’s $250,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) is set to run as Rosehill Race 2 at 1:30pm (AEST).
It’s a small field facing off in the showdown though with the early withdrawal of #4 Stamina leaving just six hopes.
Of those there is a dominant favourite in Stan Fox betting with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Aussies Love Sport the steady odds-on pick at $1.80.
Set to be ridden by Tommy Berry the Redoute’s Choice colt is shooting for consecutive win number three after they won the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) in fine style last start.
Can they keep that going and firm in the markets for next month’s Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne?
There’s certainly not the arsenal to stop them numbers-wise but there are some classy types among their rivals.
Their biggest danger is considered to be James & Bart Cummings’ Golden Rose disappointment Eurozone after atonement.
So are these two the ones to back in the Stan Fox Stakes quinella on Saturday?
Or should you sack the shortie and go for more value from an under-the-radar hopeful such as the David Payne-trained former Group 2 winner Criterion ($5)?
#2 Aussies Love Sport ($1.80)
This one is odds-on for a reason and it’s only a silly punter that takes them on in such a small field (for great prize money!) Going for the hat trick and after their easy go in the Ming Dynasty think going up 100m here is going to be no worries. Improves each run and like them for something bigger a little later with this the perfect stepping stone.
#3 Eurozone ($3.60)
Believe the bookies have this one right and that the one-time Golden Rose fancy will get their chance to bounce back after two unplaced Rosehill runs. Latest was sixth to Zoustar in the Rose beaten 3.5 lengths. Easier company (favourite aside) here so will boost their confidence. Stakes winner and has won three form five so there’s promise just need to learn a bit still.
#6 Best Case ($16)
Gets the rails run from barrier one, not that the gates count for much in this small field, but it’s still an advantage for Anthony Cummings’ Savabeel gelding. First-up winner at Gosford two back before a second at Wyong earlier this month over 1350m. Lightly raced and untapped, capable of stakes performance with blinkers going on here to sharpen. Set weights will suit after carrying 58kg last time out.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change