2013 Victoria Derby Champion Polanski is the undisputed favourite for the 2014 Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes after being well backed to get his 2014 campaign off to a winning start.
Opening with the favourite’s tag, the three-year-old Rakti Colt initially offered odds of $3.50, however has been drastically dropped to $3.10 and is without doubt the field’s market mover.
Polanski will be aiming for his fourth-straight win after three consecutive victories rounded out his 2013 Spring Carnival, including a memorable run in the Group 1 Victoria Derby.
Three-year-old colt Late Charge ($6) began his racing career with a bang in 2013, claiming two wins from five starts and closing his first campaign with a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas on October 12th.
Trainer Wendy Kelly was impressed with the form of the son of Hard Spun at a recent Cranbourne barrier trial, who is also the punter’s second pick for the 2014 Autumn Stakes crown.
Rock Hero managed a reasonably successful maiden year of racing in 2013 that saw two wins from six starts and a season-closing run in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes; placing eighth behind classy colt Complacent.
Despite a short career so far, the son of Fastnet Rock has slowly firmed into a $6.50 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au after trialling well at Rosehill twice in January.
Opening at $9 for success in the 2014 Autumn Stakes, Thunder Fantasy has been the galloper of choice for many punters already, seeing the Lucky Owners colt cut to $7.
After claiming victory in the New South Wales Colour TV Company Handicap in September, the Anthony Cummings-trained three-year-old ran well late to claim third behind Polanski in the 2013 Victoria Derby and close the curtains on a decent Spring campaign.
Peter Snowden-trained gelding Carillo ($15) has also received some attention from punters, while Countersnip ($18), Bring Me Something ($16), Accord ($10), Pyrrolic ($8.50) and Bardem ($26) are yet to receive much more than a sprinkle.
The 2014 Autumn Stakes is one of eight notable races to run at Caulfield on Saturday, and the best odds for each can be found at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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