Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison’s Caulfield Guineas hope Zebulon has opened clear favourite to win the Taj Rossi Series Final 2014 at Flemington’s Finals Day on Saturday.
The All American colt is one of 13 rising three-year-olds in the mix for the Flemington opener this weekend, the $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) due to jump at 12:40pm.
Drawing in the carpark with the outside barrier 13 draw hasn’t deterred the bookies from installing Zebulon, looking to earn a spring campaign targeting the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October, at the top of the Taj Rossi Series Final odds.
They pay $3.20 through Ladbrokes.com.au to overcome the gate as they step up to a mile for the first time, Zebulon coming off a one and three quarter length win at the track in the Murray Cox Handicap (1410m) from June 28.
They did it from barrier 14 of 15 that day and look well suited to handle the extra metres this weekend.
There are then three other single figure chances in the Taj Rossi Series Final betting markets including $4.80 second pick Profit Share who has come up trumps with the inside alley.
Darren Weir’s promising Domesday colt has run top two in all three of their career starts to date, including a win at Seymour over 1209m last month.
They come off a second behind Zebulon in the Murray Cox and, like their last start conqueror, step up to the 1600m for the first time on Saturday.
The others under $10 to win are then Vuelta ($7.50) and early market mover Allergic ($8).
The David Hayes-trained High Chaparral colt Vuelta has the same lead-up form as the favourite having run second on debut before winning at Flemington over 1400m last start, their victory a narrow long neck effort over Roundabout in the Eugene Gorman Handicap.
Allergic meanwhile is still a maiden after two decent runs against this class when fourth to Profit Share at Seymour and then third to Zebulon two weeks back.
After those it’s a wide open market with plenty of other livewire chances at juicy odds including Fund Trader ($10) coming off a win on debut over 1200m, Hayes’ other runner La Cicciolina ($12) in barrier four who was fourth in the Murray Cox and seventh in that race Total Control ($13).
See below for the full Taj Rossi Series Final 2014 odds, prices open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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