The 2014 Darley Classic has been one of the most anticipated races of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival and talented sprinter Chautauqua is set to start as favourite in his Group 1 debut.
Chautauqua started his 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a comfortable two and a half lengths victory in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 13 before he stamped himself as a clear Darley Classic favourite by taking out the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 4 in outstanding fashion.
The Encosta De Lago gelding has been steady in 2014 Darley Classic betting markets throughout the week and he is currently available at a quote of $2.30 to record a maiden win at Group 1 level.
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Lankan Rupee is still considered the highest rated sprinter in the world and he took out the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 24, but is on the second line of betting at Darley Classic odds of $5.50.
The Redoute’s Choice gelding took out the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) in outstanding fashion during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, but suffered upset defeats in both the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) before he returned to winning form in the Manikato Stakes.
One of the most interesting horses in the 2014 Darley Classic field is leading European sprinter Slade Power, who has been backed into a quote of $6.50 to finish his racing career with a Group 1 win in Australia.
Slade Power started his 2014 racing season with a win in the Group 3 Greenlands Stakes (1207m) at Curragh on May 24 before he stamped himself as one of the best sprinters in the world with back-to-back wins in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot on June 21 and the Group 1 July Cup (1207m) at Newmarket on July 12.
Another horse that has received a sprinkling of support in Darley Classic betting markets is Joe Pride-trained Terravista, who opened at a quote of $14 and was quickly backed in to $11.
Terravista started his spring preparation with comfortable wins in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Royal Randwick on August 23 and the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at the same venue on September before he was far from disgraced when fifth in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m).
Buffering won the 2013 edition of the Darley Classic, but he is available at $14 to win this year’s race, while the likes of Temple Of Boom ($41 out to $51), Sidestep ($19 out to $26), Cluster ($21 out to $34) and Platelet ($26 out to $34) have all been on the drift.
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