The 2014 Listed Hareeba Stakes will jump one race prior to the featured Mornington Cup tomorrow, and has attracted a capacity field of 15 entrants including Tanjil, who will feature as a replacement for the Kelvin Bourke-trained Bocuse; an early scratching.
Richie’s Vibe ($4.60) has been a frontrunner for the 2014 Hareeba Stakes since markets opened earlier this week, however David Bourne-trained Zamorar ($7) has been the punters’ pick so far, cutting in more than five dollars to register as the undoubted market mover at a current price of $7.
Only five entrants are currently given a legitimate chance by punters of 2014 Hareeba Stakes success, with Knoydart ($4), It Is Written ($9) and Don’t Get Excited ($9) joining the aforementioned favourites as the only runners quoted below $10.
Will Richie’s Vibe continue his stellar start to 2014? Or a good majority of punters clean up on Zamorar?
Richie’s Vibe ($4.60)
Four-year-old gelding Richie’s Vibe has had a rather strong six months, peaking recently with a strong victory over Moment Of Change in the Group 2 Australia Stakes on January 24th. The Hareeba Stakes offers Richie’s Vibe the opportunity to claim back-to-back victories for the first time us his career, and will be particularly hard to beat jump from barrier seven and partnered by Damien Oliver.
Hazard has been something of a silent achiever since debuting midway through 2012; claiming five wins from twelve starts and slowly building towards a tilt at group level events. A disappointing end to her 2013 Spring Racing Carnival saw the Flying Spur mare placed into the Spelling paddock, however trainer Anthony Freedman is confident of big things of the four-year-old early in her current preparation. Hazard’s claims have been further boosted by in-form Jockey Vlad Duric and a decent barrier draw (gate 8).
Aiming for his third straight victory following successful runs in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1250m) and the Listed Canterbury Classic (1100m), Knoydart is currently sitting as $4 to win the 2014 Hareeba Stakes. Trainer Peter Snowden is confident in the talent of the four-year-old son of More Than Ready, but concedes he will need to run out of his skin if he is to overcome a start from barrier 15.
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