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The Group 3 Scahill Stakes (1400m) is one of the most interesting races on the action-packed card at Ascot on Saturday with very little separating the leading chances in betting.
Power Princess ($3.70) is currently on top of the Scahill Stakes betting markets and is aiming to become the first horse in history to win the Group 3 event in back-to-back years after she scored an impressive win over Waratah’s Secret and Conservatorium in last year’s race.
The Marwina mare had a brief autumn campaign, winning the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Belmont Park on May 18, and has performed well since returning to the races this preparation; finishing second behind Barakey in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) and second in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
Another seven-year-old is on the second line of betting; with Kerrific, at Scahill Stakes odds of $4, finding plenty of support after producing one of the best performances of his career when fourth in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) a fortnight ago.
Kerrific has been in sensational form in 2013, winning twice at Group 3 level in the Belmont Sprint (1400m) and R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) and has a strong record over this track and distance.
Also backing up from the Railway Stakes is Gary Kennewell-trained Conservatorium who is currently available at Scahill Stakes odds of $5 after finishing eighth in the Group 1 event at Ascot on November 23.
Conservatorium had no luck in the Railway Stakes, with the six-year-old trapped wide and twisting a plate during the running of the race, and will be suited by the step back to 1400 metres at the same track where he won the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on November 9.
Watermans Bay ($5.50) is chasing his first win at Ascot since he took out the Auto Classic Sprint Handicap (1200m) just over a year ago but has been well-backed after his impressive third place finish behind leading sprinters Buffering and Moment Of Change in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Super Saturday.
The Eternity Range gelding has never recorded a race win in a 1400 metre contest but trainer Peter Giadresco believes that the step-up in distance will not be a problem for his star galloper.
The only runner in the Scahill Stakes field that is available at single figure odds is Daniel Morton-trained Luke’s Luck who is available at odds of $9 despite failing to record a race win since he took out the Western Australian Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Ascot in April last year.
The full Scahill Stakes betting market can be found in the table below.
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