Noel Doyle’s super-consistent local young filly Aimee heads the markets for the 2014 Ken Russell Memorial Classic on the Gold Coast this AD Hollindale Stakes Day.
The third race on the program for Saturday’s early Queensland Winter Racing Carnival meet, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Moreton Hire Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) features a final field of 15 two-year-olds.
Many of the Ken Russell hopefuls were also nominated this week for the upcoming $500,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 7.
Current favourite in the Ken Russell Memorial Classic odds at $3 is Exceedingly Good filly Aimee.
She’s won three from five to date, her trio of wins all in a row leading up to this where she sees a Group class field for the first time.
After back-to-back wins in Brisbane Aimee returned home in mid-March and enjoyed a two length win over 1200m in the Sky Racing 2YO Plate.
Since then she’s kept fit with a winning trial at Deagon on April 24 and now looks prime for her weekend assignment.
The next best in betting at a quote for $5 is then Sagatona with a nice gate three draw and Damian Browne to ride.
Liam Birchely’s Brisbane-based Real Saga filly has Group 3 form from the summer when third to Unencumbered in the BJ McLachlan at Doomben, and was also an eye-catching sixth in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic here in January.
She ran again at Eagle Farm on April 19 but could only manage to finish seventh to Shinji in a run she’s tipped to improve on second-up in the Ken Russell.
Also under double figures to win are then the rails-drawn Grapevine ($6.50), Sarisara ($7) and Ryan’s Rogue ($9.50) coming off a win on debut last tart.
Another top local hope, the Bryan Guy-trained Denman filly Grapevine will get the run of the race here as she looks to improve on her sixth at Eagle Farm to Shinji a fortnight ago.
Toowoomba-based Sarisara also ran in that same two-year-olds’ handicap, the Rex Lipp-trained Red Dazzler filly doing well for their fourth.
Three others then also sit under $20 in the latest Ken Russell Memorial Classic betting markets with Hollywood Barbie ($15) last seen winning her debut at home at Murwillumbah in late December, the Pat Duff-trained Our Rock O’Reilly ($18) with the far outside barrier to overcome and Choc Mountain ($19) for Beaudesert trainer Ben Ahrens.
The full Ken Russell Memorial Classic 2014 field, barriers and odds are detailed in the table below.
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