David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s last start winner at the track Gregers is short priced favourite to go back-to-back at Caulfield Racecourse with a victory in Saturday’s 2014 W.W. Cockram Stakes on Memsie Stakes Day.
The mares’ only features runs under its series name on the weekend with 13 in the mix for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes (1200m).
Of the baker’s dozen the favourite is Gregers in barrier eight with Craig Williams to ride the $2.70 top fancy through Ladbrokes.com.au.
A multiple Group 1 placegetter, including her third behind Guelph in the Thousand Guineas as a three-year-old last spring, Guelph also had a standout autumn with four top four runs in elite level company.
First-up this season she raced in a non-stakes race against her own kind and carried 58kg to a big three and a half length win over 1100m on August 16.
Saturday she has the same weight under but under set weights plus penalties conditions which will suit better as she gave four kilos away to the runner-up Members Joy (54kg), a $31 outsider for Saturday, in the handicap clash last time out.
Also under double figures in WW Cockram Stakes betting this year is then three other mares with:
- #6 A Time For Julia ($5) – Resuming Peter Moody-trained Redoute’s Choice mare last seen running seventh in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide. Before that was fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore over 1500m at Rosehill on the back of a Group 3 Randwick win over 1200m, a distance she’s won three of her six starts over and sees again on Saturday. Caulfield is preferred track (5-2-2-0) though and will appreciate being back in Melbourne for this.
- #10 Real Surreal ($6) – Team Hawkes-trained Real Saga four-year-old she too is a Coolmore graduate but was further back in eighth on the back of a Group 2 Surround Stakes second. Winner of the Gold Coast 2YO Magic Millions Classic last year but hasn’t raced at Caulfield before so that will be the test the Melbourne way of going.
- #2 Commanding Jewel ($7.50) – Nice price for Leon & Troy Corstens’ resuming Group 1 champ who gets the rails run from barrier one with Damien Oliver riding. Took out the 2012 Thousand Guineas but has had just two starts since including her latest, a Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) victory at Flemington a year ago. Sidelined for just under 12 months due to injury but trial and galloping form leading to the return has been good.
At more generous odds but still with claims in the Cockram are then the likes of market mover Hazard ($15) who won the Gold Bracelet in Bedigo back in March, Moody’s other runner Sino Eagle ($15) who won at the track and distance two back and who comes off a nice fourth in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap, the Gai Waterhouse-trained High Chaparral four-year-old Forever Loved ($17) first-up off two good Group 1 runs in April when third in the Vinery Stud and fourth in the ATC Oaks behind current Caulfield Cup favourite Rising Romance, and Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes winner over the 1200m at Caulfield two back Thiamandi ($17) who resumed with a fourth to Hard Stride in the Regal Roller here two weeks back.
Check out the full W.W. Cockram Stakes 2014 odds below, fixed win prices open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au where you’ll also find an exclusive Memsie Stakes refund bonus bet offer up to $50 if your selection in the Group 1 runs second on Saturday!