The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai sits as the clear pre-field favourite to take out the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2015 at Royal Randwick in Sydney this weekend.
Seventy two-year-olds are still officially in the mix for the $1 million Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships on Saturday, including Group 1 winning Street Cry colt Pride Of Dubai.
The progressive youngster dominates the Inglis Sires Produce Stakes odds at $3.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of the release of the final field on Tuesday morning.
He has finished first, second and third in his three career starts to date improving with each run, his most recent effort being a neck win over Reemah in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 28.
The second pick in the all-in ATC Sires Produce Stakes betting markets at $6.50 is then the Mick Price-trained Ready For Victory, the Melbourne-based More Than Ready colt having had one previous Sydney run.
On debut the lightly-raced galloper won the Listed Festival Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on March 7 before a brave fourth when beaten under two lengths by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Vancouver in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill a fortnight later.
He backs up from the world’s richest race for two-year-olds in the Sires Produce on the weekend stepping out over the 1400m for the first time.
Early markets for Easter Saturday’s juvenile’s feature have two other youngsters at single figures to win with English ($8) and the currently not-nominated Pasadena Girl ($9).
Waterhouse has won an impressive seven editions of the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes over the years, her latest being in 2012 with star colt Pierro.
Her best chance of making it eight victories is English, the Encosta De Lago filly taking on the boys again after her brave second when three quarters of a length off her winning stablemate in the Golden Slipper.
Before that she won her opening two career starts including the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, English now looking to become the third straight filly to win Saturday’s classic following the success of Guelph (2013) and Peggy Jean (2014).
Peter Moody’s Redoute’s Choice filly Pasadena Girl meanwhile is also being kept safe in betting despite needing a late entry by connections to line-up.
She has had just the two starts to date but is undefeated having won both at Flemington including the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) on March 14.
The next best in betting are then the John O’Shea-trained Tarquin ($11) coming off a win in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) from March 14, the Chris Waller-trained Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes winning filly Always Allison ($13) and Pago Pago Stakes runner-up Rageese ($13).
Get behind your early picks for the Inglis Sires Produce in Sydney this weekend by clicking on the futures odds below, prices courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au, before markets firm with the release of the final field tomorrow morning!