Early market mover Rebel Dane continues to gain support as the favourite to win Saturday’s All Aged Stakes 2014 at Randwick Racecourse.
The Gary Portelli-trained California Dane four-year-old is one of 11 weight-for-age gallopers engaged to face off in this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m).
They’ll be second-up for the season following a nice second when resuming behind Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at the track from April 12.
Two weeks between runs looks ideal for the stallion, as does the step up to 1400m, a distance they last saw in September when winning the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.
Rebel Dane should get a firmer track than the Heavy (9) they ran on in the TJ Smith too, the deserving $3.40 favourite jumping from gate 10 with Glen Boss retaining the ride – Boss after his third All Aged win from 12 rides.
There are then three other horses in the All Aged Stakes betting markets under $10 with:
- #6 Steps In Time ($6) – Recent Group 1 winning mare from the stables of Joe Pride, Pride having run second with Rain Affair in this race for the past two years, the Danehill Dancer six-year-old having won the Coolmore Classic two back before a Heavy track and drop back from 1500m to 1200m saw her run a disappointing 13th in the TJ Smith, a firmer Randwick track here and the 1400m will both suit better and from gate six is a real danger
- #4 Weary ($6.50) – Chris Waller-trained French import, the recently impressive grey four-year-old having won the Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill before their brave third behind their stable mates Sacred Falls (1st) and Royal Descent (2nd) in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile last time out, drop back in distance here and how they handle that will be key to their chances of snaring a Group 1 of their own
- #2 Tiger Tees ($9) – Ideal draw for Pride’s other runner, this Dubawi six-year-old set to jump from barrier three with Hugh Bowman riding, they won the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) two back and were far from disgraced in the TJ Smith when fourth in the wet, have to handle the 1400m but do have winning form up to 1350m previously so have shown potential for the distance
Just outside of the top four in All Aged Stakes betting are then the likes of Robert Smerdon’s Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes winner from April 12 Politeness ($10) with the rails run, first-up Black Caviar Lightning champ Snitzerland ($11) looking to return to form after two subsequent losses and Lightning runner-up Shamexpress ($12) for Danny O’Brien.
There’s also value to be found in other double figure chances including Japanese mare Hana’s Goal ($14) in her third run down under, the Murray Baker-trained NZ 2000 Guineas winner Atlante ($14) and Gai Waterhouse’s Hussonet colt Woodbine ($15).
The ‘roughie’ of the field rounding out the markets at $26 is then Bennetta, Grahame Begg’s General Nediym mare out to improve on a first-up third behind Hot Snitzel in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) from Slipper Day.
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