Grahame Begg’s talented Group 1 performing mare Bennetta has opened top of the odds to beat home the boys in Saturday’s 2014 WJ Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
The General Nediym four-year-old was a chance of running in the weekend’s Group 1 taking on her own kind over the 1400m in the Tattersall’s Tiara.
Instead the Sydney mare will be given her shot at a Black Type win in an easier assignment racing in the $175,000 Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m).
She’s drawn in barrier eight and is one of the Tatt’s Tiara Day rides for Tommy Berry over from Hong Kong for the Group 1 on favourite Cosmic Endeavour.
Bennetta ran a solid sixth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick at the end of April before her nice third under half a length off the winner Sacred Star in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm on May 31.
She’s well fancied to go two better here paying $3.70 in the WJ Healy Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
It is a fairly open affair with four of her other nine rivals also under double figures to win the Tattersall’s Tiara Day support race.
Second pick at $4 is the in-form local Cape Kidnappers after their third win on the trot.
Kelly Schweida’s Commands six-year-old firstly won the Listed Chief De Beers Handicap (1100m) at Doomben in May before taking out the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) here on June 7.
The next best in betting is then Lightning Handicap runner-up Big Money ($5.50) out in barrier 10 of 10 for the rematch here with Rodney Northam’s Scone visitor having won back-to-back races in NSW before their close Queensland run on Stradbroke Day.
Rounding out those under $10 to become this year’s WJ Healy Stakes winner are then Rob Heathcote’s early market mover Excellantes ($9) coming off a third to Cape Kidnappers in the Chief De Beers and the rails-drawn Seeking More ($9).
Sequalo four-year-old Seeking More is prepared in Brisbane by Kelso Wood and has been thereabouts this season including their lead-up run when one and a quarter lengths away fifth in the Lightning.
Just outside of those are then the defending champ and 60kg top weight Howmuchdoyouloveme ($10) racing second-up after getting found out with 61kg in the Lightning Handicap and John Thompson’s Redoute’s Choice seven-year-old Metallurgical ($11) who was fourth in that race – making for one exciting showdown and plenty of nervous punters.
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