This weekend’s feature race is the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) running at Rosehill on Saturday, which marks the return of classy mare Catkins.
A total of 10 mares will take the stage, six of which are resuming ahead of the autumn. Just four mares are offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, which means there’s a good chance of punters backing a winner/placer at a lucrative price.
Chris Waller’s Catkins is the $1.90 odds-on favourite as the grey mare aims to win back-to-back Breeders Classic titles. The five-year-old will have to overcome a wide start from barrier nine as she defends her title, whereas she jumped from barrier one last year, however the mare has overcome wide starts previously so could make easy work with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Check out our top three 2015 Breeders Classic betting tips below to get a better understanding of who to back on Saturday.
#1 Catkins ($1.90)
Waller’s grey mare is one of the best sprinters and the conditions of the Breeders Classic will suit her. Catkins will carry just 57kg under handicapping conditions as she jumps from barrier nine with Hugh Bowman. Has a competitive track and distance record (6:2-2-0) and has placed in 16 of her 19 starts on good tracks. The five-year-old mare will definitely outclass her rivals and it’s not hard to see why she’s the odds-on favourite. All 15 of her past starts have been Group level races and she’s enjoyed minor success in races the likes of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) in the past year. Not to mention she’s a proven winner of the race itself, taking out last year’s edition.
#4 Neena Rock ($8.50)
Any other runner besides Catkins is offering good value in the betting market for the Breeders Classic, including John Sargent’s Neena Rock. The six-year-old mare will get an ideal start from the second barrier with James McDonald to ride and carry just half a kilogram over the minimum weight. Neena Rock finished a disappointing third last in the Myer Classic last time out on November 1 but found success in Group 3 races during the spring, including winning the Angst Stakes (1600m) and finishing third in the Sheraco Stakes (1200m) to Catkins, so should return to a better form on Saturday. The mare has also placed in all five of her starts over the distance so could offer punters some great value to their accounts.
#9 Mihiri ($7.50)
Rounding out our Breeders Classic trifecta is Team Hawkes’ Mihiri, who will enjoy a start from barrier three with champion hoop Tommy Berry in the saddle. The four-year-old mare is one of just four runners not resuming which means she’ll be at her peak fitness level. Unlike many of her rivals, Mihiri has yet to run a black-type race, but after finishing first two in her three starts since December could easily finish in the first three. The mare won a Benchmark 80 over 1200m on January 24, hitting the front at the 100m mark and drawing right away to win by one and three-quarter lengths.
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