In a wide open market for one of the feature races at Caulfield this weekend, the Darren Weir-trained Profit Share is installed as the narrow 2015 Autumn Stakes favourite.
A bumper 15 three-year-olds make up the field for Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes (1400m), the set weights plus penalties clash running as race seven at 5:15pm (AEDT).
Current Autumn Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have five of the hopefuls at single figures to win including Weir’s Domesday gelding Profit Share who leads the markets at $4.80.
Drawn in barrier nine for Michelle Payne to ride, the galloper has finished out of the money just twice in his 10 career starts to date with three wins.
Two back at Moonee Valley in January he ran second to fellow Autumn Stakes hope Hong Kong Captain in the VOBIS Gold Star over 1500m before enjoying a drop back in distance last Saturday.
He ran in the William Hill Plate (1300m) at Sandown-Hillside and was impressive with two lengths to spare over stablemate Stratum Star for the win.
Profit Share may be on the short turnaround then this weekend but has the confidence of his trainer and now also the bookies.
Hot on the early favourite’s heels in Autumn Stakes betting at $5.50 is then Affirmation with the outside barrier 15 of 15 draw to overcome.
Mark Zahra has the ride on Tony McEvoy’s ultra-consistent Not A Single Doubt gelding who has won two of his four starts to date.
Those wins came back-to-back in July last year before his return at Sandown on Australia Day last month.
He went up to Group 3 company there in the Manfred Stakes (1300m) and was two lengths away third behind two smart horses – Java (1st) and Petrology (2nd) who have Group 1 ambitions this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
The next best for Saturday’s clash are then Hong Kong Captain and Sarajevo both paying $6 for the win but drawn at opposite ends of the Autumn Stakes field with barriers one and 14 respectively.
David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s promising Host gelding Hong Kong Captain has won two of his three starts to date, most recently defeating Saturday’s favourite Profit Share in the VOBIS Gold Star.
Sarajevo then represents John O’Shea and the Godolphin stables, the nicely-bred Lonhro colt coming off a first-up win over 1200m at Rosehill from January 31.
He’s got form against the best of his age from last season though including his sixth when only three lengths off Hallowed Crown in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
The last of the single figure Autumn Stakes fancies at $9 is then San Nicasio for jockey Ben Melham in barrier seven.
Peter Moody’s Hard Spun gelding won over 1200m at Moonee Valley two back before his last start fourth to Java in the Manfred Stakes that he’ll be looking to improve on here.
Also of note at more generous odds for an upset are the likes of the Chris Waller-trained Manfred Stakes sixth placed Thorn Park colt Basucle ($11) and returning Caulfield Guineas failure Zebulon ($13).
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