Consistent sprinter Moment Of Change remains favourite in 2014 Orr Stakes betting markets, but the support continues to come for Cox Plate winner Shamus Award.
Moment Of Change is having the second run of his autumn preparation after being defeated by Richie’s Vibe when an odds-on favourite in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 24.
The Barely A Moment gelding has developed a reputation as a non-winner following his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, that included placings in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), but punters are confident he can end his losing streak and he is currently available at Orr Stakes odds of $2.30.
Shamus Award remains on the second line of Orr Stakes betting markets at odds of $3.10, but has been the clear market mover in the Group 1 event.
The 2013 Cox Plate winner may have only recorded one win from ten starts, but that has not stopped punters backing the son of Snitzel throughout the week.
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The next best supported runner in Orr Stakes betting has been Team Cummings-trained Eurozone, who will be having just his second start at Group 1 level in the 1400 metres race this afternoon.
Eurozone ($6) was far from disgraced when sixth behind Zoustar when making his Group 1 debut in the Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens last year and finished his spring campaign with a narrow win over Criterion in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).
Connections have been delighted with the way that the son of Northern Meteor has returned for his autumn preparation and they see the Orr Stakes as an excellent opportunity to get a Group 1 victory on the racing resume of the stallion prospect.
Chris Waller-trained Hawkspur has been one of the best supported runners in the Orr Stakes field in the last 24 hours; with the Queensland Derby winner now into a quote of $7.50.
Hawkspur failed to give Waller his maiden win in either the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) or Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, but showed that he has the turn-of-foot required to win weight-for-age races with his impressive victory in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Foreteller ($13) and Finishing Card ($81) are the only two other runners in the Orr Stakes field following the withdrawals of Playing God and Sertorius.
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