Grant Williams’ smart young filly Star Of Husson has opened top of the odds to take out the Belmont Classic 2014 in WA this weekend.
There are 10 three-year-olds in the mix for this year’s $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m), running as Belmont Race 5 on Saturday.
Favourite of those at $2.10 through Ladbrokes.com.au is market mover Star Of Husson, the daughter of Husson looking to improve on her narrow second at the track last start.
On June 5 she ran in the Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m) and came within a long neck of the winning favourite Tick Tick Bloom.
The bookies are still then backing the Belmont Oaks form to stack up with Star Of Husson well fancied to beat home the boys here.
She’s already had a run over the track and distance, a luxury afforded to few of her rivals.
That was back in late May when Perth’s premier jockey William Pike guided her to a close fourth behind Saxy Grace, Pike reuniting with Star Of Husson for the first time since on Saturday.
Close second pick in the Belmont Classic odds at $3.20 is then Proceedwithcaution drawn in barrier seven, one inside the top fancied filly.
Darren McAuliffe’s up-and-comer has won two of their past four starts, the Trade Fair gelding coming off a victory over the 2000m here on Oaks Day.
Running better time than Tick Tick Bloom in the feature, Proceedwithcaution easily accounted for Shalo with their two and a half length victory in 2:09.34 with jockey Ben Kennedy confident they can go back-to-back.
Runner-up in that race, Shalo is then the only other single figure fancy in Belmont Classic betting this year at a quote of $9.
Drawn wider in barrier nine with Peter Knuckey retaining the ride, the Danehill Express gelding is one of two in the Classic for Ascot horseman Simon Miller.
They come into the battle on the back of very good form having run top three in all but one of their nine career starts to date.
A two length win over 1650m here in June led into their Dayana Plate second with Miller confident they’ll be improved as they see more distance again.
Other notable hopes then include Dayana Plate third placed Shanghai Grey ($10) in barrier three and the Cliff Smith-trained Belmont Oaks third placegetter I’m Feeling Lucky paying the same price and drawn one wider in gate four.
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