Despite attracting a near-capacity final field, this Saturday’s Coolmore Classic 2014 betting markets feature just one hopeful under $10 with the Chris Waller-trained Catkins dominating the odds.
Running as Rosehill Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST) the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) this year originally drew 17 acceptors.
The field is down to 16 however following the early scratching of #13 White Sage.
Of the remaining runners surprisingly the bookies have only one at single figures in their current Coolmore Classic odds with Dubawi grey Catkins paying $4.60 to post her third straight win this time in.
Drawn wide in 14 (now into 13) the impressive four-year-old hasn’t finished worse than third in 12 months of racing, and is also Group 1 performed in that time having run a very close second to star stable mate Red Tracer in the Myer Classic over the mile last November.
She’s up in distance again here over 1500m following two good Sydney wins this autumn over 1200m and 1400m respectively.
The first was in the Group 2 Breeders Classic at Rosehill where she narrowly hung on to defeat Steps In Time.
Then it was Warwick Farm on March 8 for an easy two length effort where she was far too good for her rivals in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m).
With Red Tracer not accepted for the Coolmore Classic, Catkins certainly looks the one to beat even with the equal 58kg top weight that is a kilo more than her Wiggle Stakes winning allocation.
Waller also prepares the next best in Coolmore Classic betting for the weekend with the other 58kg top weight, Royal Descent ($10).
The Group 1 Australian Oaks winner in the wet last autumn also has a wide gate here (13 into 12) but the class and recent run to suggest she’ll overcome it.
A four-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice, Royal Descent had top form during the spring including a George Main second and fifth when under two lengths off stable mate Fawkner in the Caulfield Cup.
She returned on March 1 here at Rosehill and was out wide for a credible fourth behind Red Tracer in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m).
Following Waller’s dominant duo in the Coolmore Classic odds are then:
- #16 Lucia Valentina ($10) – Kris Lees-trained Savabeel three-year-old imported from New Zealand where she had top Group race form, only lightly raced with this her seventh start but showed good form in Aussie debut earlier this month when third to Thump in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm
- #3 Dear Demi ($12) – Well tried Clarry Conners’ Dehere four-year-old with 13 Group 1 runs behind here already, plenty of top three efforts among them too including her 2012 Crown Oaks win and more recently Caulfield Cup (3rd) and Mackinnon Stakes (2nd) this spring gone, failed in the Melbourne Cup but came back in the Wiggle Stakes with a good third to Catkins she’ll improve off
- #4 Steps In Time ($12) – Joe Pride-trained Danehill Dancer six-year-old is also second-up here after a devastatingly close second to Catkins in the Breeders Classic, out to turn the tables and looks in top form for a good run after a four length Warwick Farm trial win on March 11, hasn’t won in a year though since the Wiggle Stakes last autumn after which she finished a good fourth under a length off Appearance in last year’s Coolmore
- #8 Sharnee Rose ($13) – Another for Broadmeadow trainer Lees, this daughter of Nadeem has been thereabouts for a long time, won the Group3 Golden Pendant here in late September, added another Group 3 at Randwick next start before a Myer Classic third, this campaign has also been competitive running fourth in the Breeders Classic and then second in the Wiggle where she made good late ground and hit the line strongly suggesting the extra 100m will work in her favour on Saturday
- #14 Real Surreal ($13) – Hawkes’ representative, Real Saga three-year-old also coming off pretty faultless form, winner of the $2 million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast in January last year before spending 12 months on the sidelines, came back more mature with a Light Fingers fourth first-up in February and then crossed a quarter length away second in the Surround where she was just off her best
Not without their chances for a top three finish are then the likes of Gai Waterhouse’s Light Fingers Stakes winner Sweet Idea ($14), Queensland raider Fire up Fifi ($15) and Japan’s Hana’s Goal ($15) adding international interest to the race.
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