Grant Williams’ flying mare Elite Belle has opened the clear favourite to win back-to-back races at Belmont Park this weekend sitting top of the 2014 Hyperion Stakes odds.
There are just seven milers set to run in this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m), the weekend’s sole Group race running at Belmont Park in WA as Race 5 at 2:30pm (local).
Of those seven it is consistent Canny Lad five-year-old Elite Belle dominating the markets at a current quote of $1.60.
Drawn on the rails with barrier one she is due to be ridden by her regular hoop William Pike who has been in the saddle for both of Elite Belle’s runs this campaign.
First-up she came within a long neck of Magnifisio in the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m), a stellar effort considering the Group 1 performer was blocked for a run.
Last start though she improved on that when stepped up in distance for the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) that she won by an easy two lengths from barrier one.
She gets the same gate with the same jockey this weekend then as she steps up to the mile for the Hyperion Stakes.
The distance should present no problems for the hot favourite however with Elite Belle boasting form up to 2100m, and Group 1 form up to 1800m having run two lengths away sixth behind Ihtsahymn in the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot last December.
Following Elite Belle in the Hyperion Stakes betting markets are then two other single figure fancies.
Second elect at $4.50 is Kalahaar drawn one outside of Elite Belle in barrier two.
Steve Wolfe’s Choisir five-year-old also comes via the Belmont Sprint at the track from two weeks ago where they finished second to Elite Belle.
Winner of the Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m) over Settle Strada in September last year, the gelding is after their first win since but will need to pull out all the tricks to turn the tables on Elite Belle.
Third pick at $7 is then Adam Durrant’s well-tried Testa Rossa seven-year-old Ranger.
The veteran galloper, a former stablemate of Elite Belle before being transferred to Durrant’s Lark Hill stables at the start of the year, has had two runs for their new trainer.
Both runs produced a fifth place finish when just half a length off the winner in the Roma Cup and then three lengths away in the Belmont Sprint after running wide throughout.
Next best in betting are then Greg Kersley’s Belmont Sprint fourth placed six-year-old When We Were Kings ($11) and Strada gelding Settle Strada ($13) in the far outside barrier.
Early market mover and eight-year-old veteran Grand Nirvana ($21) for Fred Kersley, and Neville Parnham’s resuming Pentire gelding Bridgestone ($34) then round out the markets as the race’s roughies.
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