One of the nine Group races set to light up Flemington Racecourse for Victoria Derby Day this Saturday is the Yallambee Stud Stakes 2013, registered this year as the TAB.com.au Stakes.
The $200,000 Group 3 TAB.com.au Stakes (1400m) will bring things to a close as Flemington Race 9 at 5:10pm (AEST), after which the official 2013 Melbourne Cup field of final acceptors will be released.
There are 13 smart gallopers engaged in this year’s TAB.com.au Yallambee Stud Stakes field, with two battling for favouritism.
Currently winning the war is the Peter Moody-trained Strawberry Boy at a quote of $4.
Drawn nicely in gate two with the stable’s jockey Luke Nolen aboard, the John Singleton-owned Redoute’s Choice five-year-old shoots for their first win of the spring here after a nice last start effort.
Improving on a disappointing 13th (of 16) when stepped up to Group 1 company for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on September 29, Strawberry Boy was last seen running a brave second to the Chris Waller-trained Boban in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day.
Hot on their heels in the Flemington Race 9 betting markets at $4.60 is then another from the Waller stables in Sydney Riva De Lago who is drawn out wide in gate 10 with veteran hoop Jim Cassidy booked for the ride.
The Encosta De Lago six-year-old is the 58kg topweight of the field too, giving two kilos away to the favourite, and comes off a third in a 1400m Sydney race back on October 19 behind Strike The Stars.
There are then just two other runners under $10 in the latest markets for the last on Derby Day with the Peter Snowden-trained Galah ($6) and Anthony Cummings’ Strike The Stars ($8.50).
Another son of Redoute’s Choice, five-year-old Galah won the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) in Brisbane during the winter and was last seen running third in the Moonga Stakes.
Strike The Stars meanwhile beat home a smart field, including the third placed Riva De Lago, first-up at Ranwick in the City Tattersalls Club Handicap and will looking for another good run here from gate seven with Peter Robl in the saddle.
Other notable hopes out for a Yallambee Stud Stakes upset at better odds then include last start Caulfield winner from three weeks back British General ($11), veteran Lonhro seven-year-old Launay ($12) lining up for their 31st career start and the winter’s Sunshine Coast Guineas winner Eximius ($15) running second-up for the season.
The official TAB.com.au Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights are all detailed below.
Also in the table are the latest fixed win prices on all the runners that you can lock in right now by following the links to Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the Victoria Derby double the odds offer this weekend!