The Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) is the feature race running at Rosehill this Saturday and with a talented field of 13 three-year-olds is set to be an absolutely top-class race.
Punters can go wild with a variety of betting opportunities, including six single figure hopefuls. The market remains fairly open at this stage with Shooting To Win the $4.60 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Peter & Paul Snowden’s three-year-old colt is one of six runners resuming in the 2015 Hobartville Stakes and one of four Group One winners. He will need to overcome a wide start from barrier 10 with Blake Shinn but is the race favourite following a strong spring campaign.
Shooting To Win finished first three in four of his five starts in the spring. He placed in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) and Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) before winning the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and ending his season with a win at the highest level in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Scissor Kick is on the second line of betting at $5.50 and is the highest-rated horse not resuming on Saturday. The Paul Messara-trained colt got a head-start to his autumn, resuming in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) on February 7. It took the colt awhile to figure in the race but after the leader faltered he powered over him to win first-up.
The colt won his first three starts in the spring before finishing runner-up in both the Golden Rose and Stan Fox Stakes.
Sharing the third line of betting for the Hobartville Stakes is Hallowed Crown and Panzer Division at $6. The Bart & James Cummings-trained Hallowed Crown won the Golden Rose last September ahead of rivals Scissor Kick and Shooting To Win. The colt has won four of his five career starts and lost for the first time in the Group 2 Roman Consul (1200m) last time out in October.
Hallowed Crown will enjoy a jump from barrier four with Hugh Bowman while Panzer Division will jump from the second-widest gate with Tommy Berry.
The second of Paul Messara’s runners finished fifth in two Group One races in the spring and just missed out on a placing by a head when resuming in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at the end of last month. He is the current market mover after his price shortened from $6.50.
Sweynesse and Delectation round out the single figure odds at $8. John O’Shea’s Sweynesse won back-to-back Group Three races in the spring before earning a minor placing in the Group 1 Champion Stakes (2000m). The colt has won his two starts over both the track and distance of the Hobartville despite stepping up to 2000m at the end of last season.
Delectation is one of three horses saddled by Chris Waller in the race and will get his first start over 1400m. The colt was last seen running second to Scissor Kick in the Eskimo Prince Stakes.
Chris Waller’s Preferment won the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in November and the big step down in distance may prove troublesome for the colt, but he did finish runner-up over 1400m in September.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Hampton Court is a Group One winner after scoring the Champion Stakes in October and has finished first three in two of his three starts over 1400m.
Thunder Lady is the lone filly taking on the boys in the Hobartville Stakes and will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one, carrying two kilos less than her other rivals. Thunder Lady will be making her debut over both the track and distance but with lucrative odds of $81 it’s worth a punt.
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