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Promising Cox Plate hope Messene has opened the narrow favourite to win the Warwick Stakes 2014 in Sydney this Saturday.
One of 10 remaining hopes in this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Pro-Ride Warwick Stakes (1400m) following the early scratching of Chris Waller’s triple Group 1 winner Boban, the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Messene is second-up this prep.
The Lonhro six-year-old leads the Ladbrokes.com.au markets on the Warwick Stakes paying $4.40 with Sydney’s top hoop James McDonald to ride him from barrier seven.
Heading towards a Melbourne Spring Racing Campaign targeting the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 25, the weight-for-age Warwick Stakes is the perfect next step for Messene.
He resumed from a four month break, before which he suffered just one loss in his past eight starts, on August 9 at Randwick to run a very close second to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
There is a chance Messene however could also come out of the Warwick Stakes line-up with the course proper at Randwick still in the Heavy range.
Messene’s first loss since February last year was due to a wet track when he failed due to the Heavy (9) conditions at Randwick running seventh to Sacred Falls in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) back in April.
Waller’s wet-track specialist Sacred Falls celebrated back-to-back Doncaster wins that day and backs up on Saturday set to relish another rain-affected track for the Warwick Stakes.
One of five remaining hopes in the race for four-time Sydney Premiership winning jockey Waller, O’Reilly five-year-old Sacred Falls occupies the second line of Warwick Stakes betting at $5.
Tommy Berry rides the stallion from barrier five as Sacred Falls looks to retain his flawless two-from-two record in the mud.
Equal $5 second elect in the markets is then another Waller-trained hope, French import Weary.
Drawn in barrier three with Brenton Avdulla to ride, Weary is another horse boasting excellent form on wet tracks with two wins and a third from three assignments on Heavy going.
Third in the Doncaster Mile during the autumn the Astronomer Royal grey also ran second to Japanese mare Hana’s Goal in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last time in.
He returned on August 90 in the Missile, run on a Good (3), finishing fifth and can improve with the give out of the ground this weekend.
The next best in betting following closely on $5.50 is then Waller’s Doncaster Mile runner-up Royal Descent, Kerrin McEvoy to ride the top stayer from barrier two.
The five-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice is after her first win since a 10 length romp in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick in April last year where a Heavy (10) played to her advantage.
While it has been a long time between drinks the mare has been very competitive in plenty of races since including a close fifth to Fawkner in last year’s Caulfield Cup.
The last of the single figure fancies in Warwick Stakes betting paying $7.50 to win is then Joe Pride’s Group 1 The Galaxy winner Tiger Tees.
The seven-year-old sprinter loves the mud with three wins from five starts on Slow going, and a win and second from three on Heavy tracks, and comes off a first-up win in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington from earlier in the month.
Just outside of these are then some nice value double figure chances including Australian Derby winner Criterion ($10) for David Payne who has also won on Heavy going and the Peter Moody-trained Dissident ($12).
See below for the full Warwick Stakes 2014 betting odds, prices you can lock in stress free at Ladbrokes.com.au as they are offering money back as a bonus bet up to $50 if your horse runs second in the Group 2 showdown!
2014 Warwick Stakes Odds
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