Two three-year-olds are currently battling for top spot in the 2015 Gold Coast Guineas odds for Saturday with market mover Time For War and widely-drawn filly Miss Cover Girl both at an equal price to win the set weights clash.
The last race on AD Hollindale Stakes Day this weekend, Gold Coast Race 9 at 4:28pm (AEST) is the $125,000 Group 3 Attwood Marshall Lawyers Gold Coast Guineas (1200m).
It features a full field including the undefeated Tony Gollan-trained first emergency Bearskin (barrier two) who comes in to replace the scratched John O’Shea-trained Sarajevo (17) who races at Randwick on Saturday instead.
Wearing the number one saddlecloth and drawn in barrier 10 with Blake Shinn to ride is the Stuart Kendrick-trained Snitzel colt Time For War, the Sunshine Coast-based galloper well backed early in the Gold Coast Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au from $7.50 to $5.50.
A three-time winner having his 10th start on Saturday, Time For War is first-up here shooting for his third win from four resuming runs, and is out to atone for a 14th to Brazen Beau in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last November during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Also at $5.50 for the win is the Kelly Schweida-trained Monashee Mountain Miss Cover Girl who is on the drift early out from $4.
She has an outside barrier (14) with ace hoop Glen Boss aboard after he rode her to victory in the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at Randwick last start on April 6.
Before that she ran at the Gold Coast track for the fourth time and suffered her first defeat, Saturday’s distance also right up her alley as she boasts three wins and a second from her five previous 1200m assignments.
Following the top two in betting are then Nostradamus ($7), Huka Eagle ($7) and Traveston Girl ($7.50) to round out the single figure hopes.
Team Hawkes prepare Medaglia D’Oro colt Nostradamus in Sydney, who Hugh Bowman rides from barrier four with the horse looking to improve on a sixth to Delectation in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) in Sydney earlier this season.
Tony Pike’s New Zealand raider Huka Eagle is on debut down under from gate six with Leith Innes booked for the ride, the Swiss Ace gelding first-up having last been seen running only a length away third in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) back home in January.
Traveston Girl meanwhile is the second best fancied of the fillies taking on the boys in the Gold Coast Guineas, the Gollan-trained daughter of Flying Spur drawn gate 12 for Tegan Harrison.
Harrison replaces Brisbane’s top hoop Damian Browne, on the Rob Heathcote-trained Pinch River ($21) in the Guineas, in the saddle with Traveston Girl back in Queensland for the first time since July last year when she beat Miss Cover Girl over the 1200m at Doomben.
She went to Melbourne for a three-start spring campaign and was super competitive including her second behind Amicus when beaten only three-quarters of a length in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield, which was the last time she ran under race conditions.
For value outside the single figure fancies the other major players include the Noel Doyle-trained filly Aimee ($12) with work to do from a wide draw (18) but a nice record at the Gold Coast (4-2-1-0) and Mr Cha Cha ($16) on the rails as the Brad Herne-trained Snitzel colt runs for the first time since March 2014.
Check out the full Gold Coast Guineas 2015 betting odds below, fixed win prices open online at Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering a Bonus Money Back offer on the Hollindale Stakes this weekend if your horse runs 2nd or 3rd!