She may not have won a race in 18 months but the bookies are taking no chances with Grahame Begg’s smart mare Bennetta who is favourite to win Saturday’s 2014 Civic Stakes in Sydney.
There are 11 gallopers in the mix for this year’s $100,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1350m), running as Rosehill Race 6 at 3:15pm.
Heading the Civic Stakes odds at $4 then is General Nediym mare Bennetta jumping from barrier seven with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.
Lloyd will be the fourth jockey in as many starts to partner with the rising five-year-old this season, replacing Tommy Berry who rode her in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) last start at Eagle Farm on June 21.
After going to the back that day Bennetta made up lots of late ground and caught the eye when finishing under two lengths away fourth to Big Money in that Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival feature.
“She got too far out of her ground in the Healy and she did a good job to get as close as she did,” Begg said of the run.
The WJ Healy followed on from another good run in Queensland when Kerrin McEvoy guided her to a close third, beaten under half a length by Sacred Star in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) on May 31.
She’s back in Sydney then on Saturday looking for her first win since taking out the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at the track that February, a drought Begg is confident she can break.
“She’s been back about a week from Brisbane and it just looks a nice race for her,” Begg told AAP.
“And she’s been well treated too I’d say at the weights, so it all looks pretty positive.”
Following Bennetta in the Civic Stakes betting markets are then four others under $10 including the $6.50 second elect Tougher Than Ever, one of five in the race for the state’s leading trainer Chris Waller.
Drawn one outside the favourite in barrier seven the General Nediym four-year-old was last seen racing over 1400m at Rosehill on June 14 when fourth to Scream Machine in the Sydney Markets Limited Handicap where they carried 57kg, a kilo more than their 56kg this weekend.
The next best in betting are then Gregory Hickman’s runner-up in that race Taxmeifyoucan ($7) and the John O’Shea-trained Lonhro four-year-old Generalife ($7.50) coming off a win at the track and distance, both getting in on the minimum (54kg) and drawn well in barriers five and three respectively.
Gerald Ryan’s Commands six-year-old Oakfield Commands then rounds out those at single figures to win paying $8 to go back-to-back after they enjoyed a good win over Zaratone in the Winter Dash (1200m) at Randwick on June 21.
Other notable hopes in the wide open market then include Winter Dash fourth placegetter Hidden Kisses ($10), the resuming He’s Your Man ($11), the James & Bart Cummings-trained The Peak ($12) with the rails run, Waller’s 59kg top weight Tromso ($13) and Coup Ay Tee ($14) – the bookies obviously having a hard time separating the field.
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2014 Civic Stakes Betting Markets