The sole Group race on the Australian weekend line-up takes place over in Perth with the C.B. Cox Stakes 2014 lighting up Ascot Racecourse, a form guide analysis and betting preview for the weight-for-age summer classic found below.
There are 13 remaining hopefuls in the $250,000 Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) field for Saturday after trainer Paula Wagg opted to remove her well-fancied mare Balmont Girl from the race in favour of a easier run in the Listed W.A. St. Leger (2100m) ahead of the Perth Cup on New Year’s Day.
With Balmont Girl out there was a notable reshuffle in the C.B. Cox Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au with Elite Belle installed at the top of the odds.
She beat Balmont Girl home two back in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) before the Grant Williams-trained Canny Lad finished third to Sydney’s Moriarty in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 6.
The two weeks between runs looks ideal for Elite Belle who is now out to bag another feature race win to add to her imposing record for the season and add to her $1.25 million in prize money to date.
The biggest threats to Elite Belle in the C.B. Cox Stakes are considered by the bookies to be Bass Strait ($4.40) in barrier two and coming off a Kingston Town sixth and last year’s winner Ihtsahymn backed in from $7 to $6.50 to go back-to-back in the race.
That’s the story the C.B. Cox Stakes odds tell, but what about the form guide and betting history?
Below we’ve complied the must know C.B. Cox Stakes facts so you can back some smart selections without the stress online at Ladbrokes.com.au this weekend!
2014 C.B. Cox Stakes Form Facts & Betting Stats
- Last year’s C.B. Cox Stakes winner was the Fred Kersley-trained Ihtsahymn who came off two feature wins (WA Guineas, Kingston Town Classic), jumped from barrier two (of 12) with Steven Parnham in the saddle on just 51kg
- This year Ihtsahymn is back with Parnham retaining the ride, the duo drawn well in barrier six but out to atone for some poor lead-up including a Kingston Town eighth and going up to 58kg (WFA)
- Along with Ihtsahymn (2013) there are two other former C.B. Cox Stakes winners back again in 2014 with Mr Moet (2012) and God Has Spoken (2011)
- The best finishing Kingston Town Classic graduate backing up in the C.B. Cox Stakes this year is the favourite Elite Belle (3rd)
- Others to come out of the race are then: Bass Strait (6th), Mr Moet (9th), Chester Road (11th) and Operational (15th)
- Last year’s winning barrier (2) on Saturday belongs to Bass Strait with Chris Parnham in the saddle
- The other inside draws belong to Bedamijo (1), Lucciola (3) and the favourite Elite Belle in barrier four with William Pike back in the saddle
- There are no last start winners in the race this year
- The highest Win Rate belongs to Elite Belle and Lucciola with a 38% winning strike rate followed by Ihtsahymn (37%) and Chester Road (35%)
- The best Place Rate also belongs to the favourite Elite Belle (75%) followed by Chester Road (65%), Mr Moet (55%) and Operational (55%)
- Horses with good winning form over the distance include Lucciola (4-3-0-0), Mr Moet (5-3-1-0), Operational (6-1-2-0), Chester Road (3-2-1-0) and Ihtsahymn (1-1-0-0)
- At the track horses with nice form include Mr Moet (16-6-3-1), Chester Road (10-2-2-0), Ihtsahymn (16-5-3-0) and Elite Belle (15-3-2)
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