The feature race in Queensland today is the 2015 A.D. Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast Racecourse where two class mares are currently sharing top spot in the markets.
Set to run as Race 8 at 3:52pm (AEST), the $358,000 Group 2 Sky Thoroughbred Central A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) will feature a capacity field this afternoon despite the early scratching of Scott Brunton’s Mornington Cup winner Banca Mo.
Banca Mo will be replaced by the first emergency Leebaz in barrier four, the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained galloper coming off a brave second in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) in Sydney last weekend.
The other three emergencies have all now officially been scratched including the surprise non-starter Pornichet.
Sole favourite in the earlier Hollindale Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au was the David Vandyke-trained mare Arabian Gold (barrier six) at $4.60 to improve on her last start sixth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) back on April 6.
The four-year-old Dubawi grey has since eased out to $5 with sunny skies on the Gold Coast and a current Good (4) rated track seeing plenty of her rivals come into play.
Arabian Gold is a known mudlark, undefeated on Heavy going (3-3-0-0), so without a rain-affected track she doesn’t look bulletproof.
She now shares top spot in the markets at $5 with fellow mare Silent Achiever, the four-time Group 1 winner drawn wider in gate 11 with Kerrin McEvoy to ride the Roger James-trained Kiwi.
A six-year-old daughter of O’Reilly who has won over $3.1 million in prize money over her 34 starts to date, Silent Achiever hasn’t won a race since the 2014 The BMW in Sydney.
Her lead-up run into the Hollindale, where she makes her Queensland debut heading towards a Doomben Cup run next month, was a title defense in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) where she ran sixth.
The only market mover to shorten in the odds is Leebaz ($8 into $7.50) after he was officially granted a run.
The other single figure hopes are then all on the drift including Chris Waller’s Kingston Town Classic winner Moriarty ($7.50 out to $9), the John Thompson-trained Hooked ($6.50 out to $7.50) and Waller’s former Queensland Derby champ Hawkspur who is out to $10 (from $8).
The next best in betting are then another of Waller’s four Foreteller ($11) and the local hope Rudy ($14) coming off a Doncaster Mile fourth, while the market mover is without doubt I’m Imposing ($41 into $21) who rounds out Waller’s four Hollindale Stakes hopes.
See below for the full A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2015 betting odds then head over to Ladbrokes.com.au to bet with confidence thanks to their Bonus Bet offer on the race if your horse runs second or third in the Gold Coast Race 8 today!