They may have gone down with little excuses last start, but the bookies are taking no chances with Gai Waterhouse’s classy Cups champ Fiorente installing him as the early favourite to win The BMW 2014 this Saturday.
Winner of Waterhouse’s maiden Melbourne Cup during the spring, smart imported Monsun stallion Fiorente is one of 17 stayers nominated for the $1.5 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday.
A dual Cups winner having also taken out the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) over 2012 Melbourne Cup victor Green Moon this autumn in Melbourne, Fiorente failed to bring their form home to Sydney in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).
In that Rosehill feature on March 22 they got stuck three wide while on the hunt for a forward running position and ran flat over the final stages eventually finishing a lacklustre seventh beaten four lengths by the upset winner Silent Achiever.
They get a chance to atone when they return to Rosehill for The BMW where they will face a similar field including Roger James’ The BMW winning Kiwi mare Silent Achiever.
While their last start left plenty to be desired, and despite the fact they’re get to win on a Sydney track, Fiorente is the early favourite in the pre-field The BMW odds paying $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Hot on the heels is the other horse touted as the big threat in the Ranvet, Murray Baker’s five-time Group 1 winning New Zealander It’s A Dundeel at $4.40.
High Chaparral four-year-old It’s A Dundeel held Fiorente wide in the Ranvet and were not without their chances when settling fifth and poised beautifully to make a run on the turn.
The pace was too quick for them that day however, the stallion only managing to run two lengths away third in an effort Baker is hoping they can learn from and improve on when shooting for Group 1 win number six down under.
Ravent Stakes winner Silent Achiever then occupies the third line of The BMW betting at $5.50 in a tight market featuring two others under double figures.
The other top fancies are then the horse that beat Fiorente home in the Melbourne Cup two years ago Green Moon ($6.50) coming off a solid Australian Cup second and the Chris Waller-trained Sydney Cup hope Junoob ($9) stepping up in class for their maiden Group assignment in Australia.
Then the next best in betting are Waller’s other major player Hawkspur ($10) last seen running third in the Chipping Norton then fourth in the Ranvet in two top runs, Michael Moroney’s Irish St Leger winning mare Voleuse De Coeurs ($10) second-up after an Australian Cup fifth, Savvy Nature ($16) coming via a fourth in last weekend’s Rosehill Guineas and Waller’s Australian Cup third placegetter Foreteller ($18) out to improve on their eighth in the Ranvet.
The official The BMW 2014 final field and barrier draw are due for release tomorrow and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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