In a small seven-horse field the bookies are taking no chances with the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Tried And Tired who they have rated the favourite to win at Sandown Racecourse on Monday afternoon.
Drawn on the rails in barrier one for jockey Damien Oliver, the in-form Niello gelding is after his second win in three starts this summer in the $120,000 Listed Master Yearlings John Dillon Stakes (1400m).
He pays $2.15 in the latest John Dillon Stakes betting markets, approaching odds-on territory for the handicap clash where he carries 58.5kg.
That is half a kilo more than he had last weekend at Flemington when a nose off Red Excitements running second in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m).
Before that he carried 56.5kg to victory at Sandown-Lakeside in a sharp one and three-quarter length victory over Lord Of The Sky in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m).
He’s got a strong 1400m record of three wins and two seconds from seven starts and is set for a big run on the short nine-day turnaround this long weekend.
Following Tried And Tired in the John Dillon Stakes betting markets is then the top weight Reparations paying $3.80 and carrying 60kg.
Drawn in barrier seven the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Exceed And Excel six-year-old won the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day before a first-up third on New Year’s Day back at the track and distance in the Group 3 Standish Handicap.
Now he runs with a kilo extra in the John Dillon shooting for a third win at start number five at the Sandown-Hillside track.
The two other single-figure hopes are then Anlon ($6) and Decircles ($8) drawn in barriers five and four respectively.
The Darren Weir-trained Stratum six-year-old Anlon is looking to improve on some average recent form including his ninth in the Christmas Stakes behind Saturday’s favourite Tried And Tired and a sixth last Saturday in the Chester Manifold.
Decircles represents Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien and won the Standish Handicap beating some handy types, including third placed Reparations, before a disappointing eighth when four and a quarter lengths off the winner.
The John Dillon Stakes betting markets and field are then rounded out by Sydney galloper Aeronautical ($13), the Archie Alexander-trained Amorino ($17) and Backstedt ($17) who won at the track over a mile back in December.
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