In a super tight betting market for Saturday’s feature race in Sydney the Paul Messara-trained youngster Panzer Division has opened narrow favourite to beat home his older rivals in the 2014 George Main Stakes at Randwick.
The three-year-old Redoute’s Choice colt is one of 10 hopefuls in the mix for this year’s $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) which runs as race six at 3:45pm (AEST).
Drawn in barrier eight with Brenton Avdulla to ride, Panzer Division bypassed a run against his own age in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last weekend in favour of a step up to the mile for the George Main.
The bookies rate that decision from his Scone-based trainer Messara to pay off as well with Panzer Division sitting top of the George Main Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $4.80.
That’s a firming price too with the up-and-comer also the big market mover having been backed in from $7 since markets opened only a couple of hours ago.
A winner of two of his three starts to date, Panzer Division improved on a close second behind Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 23 to win the Group 3 Ming Dyansty Quality (1400m) in the wet drawing clear late in a nice effort a fortnight ago at Randwick.
Following Panzer Division in the George Main Stakes betting markets are then five other single figure chances with:
#6 Royal Descent ($5) – Nice barrier two draw for the best fancied of Chris Waller’s contingent, this Redoute’s Choice mare was runner-up to Streama in last year’s George Main and looking to go one better here. Runner-up in the Doncaster Mile last season she’s had two nice runs this time in at Randwick finishing second in both the Warwick Stakes and Chelmsford Stakes, improvement to come second-up as she gets the mile again, a distance she’s finished second in all four of her starts over. She’s also a three-time runner-up from as many starts at this track and distance so is out to break a hoodoo.
#7 Lucia Valentina ($5.50) – Kris Lees-trained Group 1 Storm Queen winner over 2000m at Rosehill in April, also ran third over 2400m in the ATC Oaks so is a genuine staying type. The now four-year-old daughter of Savabeel won first-up beating Tiger Tees in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) in an impressive effort a fortnight ago adding to her nice first-up record (3-2-0-1) but she’s yet to win two runs in.
#1 Sacred Falls ($6) – Waller’s dual Doncaster Mile winning son of O’Reilly gets the rails run here and comes via the same two races as Royal Descent having finished fourth in both the Warwick Stakes and the Chelmsford. They were both run on his preferred ground (Heavy) but Saturday the track will be firmer. Still not all is lost as he ran second to It’s A Dundeel in the Queen Elizabeth over 2000m on a Dead (5) here last season and is a two time winner at the track and distance of Saturday’s clash.
#2 Hawkspur ($7.50) – Another Waller-trained Group 1 winner looking for more elite level success. This five-year-old Purrealist gelding has had three runs in and is improving each time so boasts a fitness edge here. Last time out was the best of Waller’s top six in the Chelmsford beating Royal Descent in a close finish he’ll be looking to repeat here. Versatile, handles all types of ground and great 1600m record here (5-2-1-0) so the money will come.
#3 Toydini ($9.50) – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Bernardini gelding with plenty of fans despite not having won a race since the Group 2 Moonee Valley mile last October. Has been very competitive however and hardly ever runs a bad race including a first-up Tramway Stakes third from a wide draw (11 of 12) with barrier three to suit better this weekend.
Just outside the top half of betting are then ATC Oaks winning Kiwi mare Rising Romance ($10) coming off a fourth in the Tramway and Bruce Hill’s Gold Coast galloper Teronado ($12) both easing out slightly in the markets.
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