A particularly talented and capacity field of runners have been confirmed to line up at Flemington this weekend to contest the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
A notable performer over black type events through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, kiwi raider El Roca has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 Bobbie Lewis Quality, currently available at odds of $4.80 ahead of Flamberge ($6.50), Chautauqua ($8), Charlie Boy and Temple Of Boom; currently sharing the fourth line of betting at generous $10 odds with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will El Roca return to racing in winning form, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear in the Bobbie Lewis Quality?
Arguably offering punters the best value for money in Bobbie Lewis Quality betting markets, Speediness took out the 2013 edition of the same race over an impressive spring campaign and is reportedly in great condition ahead of his racing return. Securing a commendable total of seven wins and ten minor places from 31 competitive starts so far, Speediness returned to racing this year for sixth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m); claiming second in both the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) most notably over five starts. Allocated the slightly wide and awkward barrier 12, renowned jockey Craig Williams has been confirmed for the ride on Speediness this weekend, who is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds.
El Roca ($4.80)
Finishing outside the places just twice in nine competitive starts so far, El Roca has been charged with overcoming the wide and awkward barrier 17 in the Bobbie Lewis Quality, and has experienced something of a disrupted start to his 2014 spring preparation, so may find the going a little difficult first-up this weekend. Returned to racing with a strong victory in the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) on February 15th, the Fastnet Rock entire finished second in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) on March 8th, and was unlucky to again finish just off the pace of the winner in both the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and George Ryder Stakes. Confirmed to be partnered by Damien Oliver for the first time competitively, punters may find value in including El Roca as a selection in a Bobbie Lewis Quality trifecta or quinella bet.
Temple Of Boom ($10)
A standout performer over the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Temple Of Boom took out the 2012 edition of the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and offers punters great value for money at $10 odds. Finishing mid-pack in three starts in Sydney at the beginning of the year, the Piccolo gelding experienced a resurgence of form upon returning to his native Queensland; winning the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) and finishing fourth in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) before running second in both the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) most recently.
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