The Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) is one of five Group races running at Flemington on Saturday, making up the final day of the 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
13 of the country’s top sprinters are set to contest the 2014 Darley Classic, with three of them offering single figure odds in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting market.
Chautauqua is the clear favourite at a price of $2.30 following her spectacular victory in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) last time out.
Lankan Rupee is on the second line of betting at $5 followed by Irish sprinter Slade Power at $7. The straight run down the 1200m track at Flemington means all runners get an even chance despite of their barrier draw, though Slade Power’s might be issue. He tends to get agitated when left in the stalls too long and after drawing barrier four this could be an issue. As this is the entire’s first and only start in Australia, it’s also untested how he handles the track and opposition.
Will Chautauqua justify his undeniable favouritism and win the 2014 Darley Classic? With so many talented sprinters on the field it may be difficult to pick a winner. Check out our betting tips below and see if one takes your fancy.
#10 Chautauqua ($2.30)
Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee are both potentially the best sprinters of the spring season, though they’ve yet to come up against each other, which means the 2014 Darley Classic will be an exciting race for that fact alone. It’s hard to determine which is the better sprinter right now, both claiming fantastic wins their last time out. Hawkes Racing’s four-year-old gelding blew the competition away in the Gilgai Stakes, in which he won by a clear four lengths. This followed another impressive win in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) in which the gelding roared away from the pack once he hit the front, for an explosive 2½ length win. One of the lighter raced horses on the field with just nine career starts to his name, but a serious contender for the sprint king title.
#2 Lankan Rupee ($5)
Mick Price’s five-year-old gelding is offering a great price considering his recent form. Lankan Rupee hasn’t finished outside the first three since May 2013, and of those 11 career starts eight were wins. His last start win in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) was just as impressive as Chautauqua but for different reasons. There entire field of 12 runners had just 2½ lengths separating them, with Lankan Rupee fighting off the competition and winning by just a nose. This followed back-to-back runner-up finishes in both the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m), which the gelding missed out on by just a nose both times. The question remains if he can hold off Chautauqua, but he’s likely to finish first three even if he can’t.
#8 Famous Seamus ($21)
Eight of the 12 Manikato Stakes runners are running the Darley Classic, which sets it up to be a cracker of a re-match. Noel Mayfield-Smith’s six-year-old gelding finished third in the hard-fought race, just a neck off winner Lankan Rupee. His two other spring starts were a minor placing from the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and a win in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), in which he stuck his head out to score over Charlie Boy. Famous Seamus is offering fantastic odds of $21 to win or $5.30 to place, which could boost your trifecta.
With so many fantastic sprinters running the 2014 Darley Classic on Saturday, you may not agree with our top three picks. If not, choose your own winners in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting market.
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