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The 2014 Irwin Stakes is set to be a key lead-up race to the Group 1 sprints during the 2014 Adelaide Racing Carnival; with 11 talented sprinters included in the final field for the Group 3 event.
On top of 2014 Irwin Stakes betting markets is two-time Group 1 winning mare Platelet, who is currently available at Irwin Stakes odds of $3.
Platelet was the star performer of the 2013 Adelaide Racing Carnival, taking out the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) and the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), and started her autumn preparation with a narrow win over a strong field in the 55 Second Handicap (955m) at Moonee Valley on March 21.
The Darren Weir-trained mare has been set for another tilt at both the Robert Sangster Classic and The Goodwood and connections are hoping that she can go on better in the Irwin Stakes after finishing second last year.
Conservatorium has not been seen at the races since he finished his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a win in the Group 3 Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on December 7, but has been well-backed to record just the second first-up win of his career in the Irwin Stakes this weekend.
The Royal Academy gelding is currently available at Irwin Stakes odds of $5, but Lloyd Kennewell believes that the six-year-old will not be at his peak until he contests the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on April 24.
Karacatis is returning to Adelaide racing for the first time since he finished third in the Listed Durbridge Stakes (1200m) last spring and is currently available at 2014 Irwin Stakes odds of $6.
Karacatis won the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Boxing Day last year and was far from disgraced when he finished eighth behind Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 22.
One of the best-backed runners in 2014 Irwin Stakes betting has been the consistent Essay Raider, who will be returning to the races for the first time since she finished second behind Flamberge in the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on January 1.
Essay Raider performed consistently throughout the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival before returning to Adelaide to score strong wins in the McGrath Foundation Handicap (1100m) on November 23 and the Schweppes Fly Handicap (1100m) at the same venue on Boxing Day.
One of the most interesting runners in the 2014 Irwin Stakes field is Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein, who will be making her Adelaide racing debut this weekend.
Driefontein took out the Magic Millions Fillies And Mares Quality (1300m) on the Gold Coast at the start of the year, but failed to fire in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 15 and the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 1.
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