Returning mare Srikandi is the narrow Victory Stakes 2015 betting favourite in tight markets for today’s feature sprint on the Gold Coast.
Due to jump as Gold Coast Race 7 at 3:17pm (AEST) on A.D. Hollindale Stakes Day, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Smeg Victory Stakes (1200m) originally attracted a final field of 12.
Just 10 are now set to line-up in the weight-for-age feature following the early scratching of Kelly Schweida’s Brisbane veteran Cape Kidnappers and the John Thompson-trained Whittington who were both drawn wide in barriers 12 and 11 respectively.
In an open market there is a host of livewire chances to win the Victory Stakes today on way to the feature Group 1 sprints of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival up at Doomben.
Firming favourite in from $4.40 to $4.20 is the Ciaron Maher-trained Srikandi in the box seat drawn barrier one with Damian Browne to ride.
An ultra-consistent daughter of Dubawi, the now four-year-old was given plenty of time to mature after a testing autumn – winter season last year that saw her win a host of feature races before her campaign ended with a brave third behind River Lad and Temple Of Boom in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1200m) last June.
She’s won six of her eight starts, has grown in both size and mental maturity and should be ready to make an impact first-up.
Hot on her heels in the Victory Stakes betting markets are then two equal $4.80 second elects with Ball Of Muscle and Knoydart both firming in their price to win.
Drawn a treat in gate three for Blake Shinn to ride, Joe Pride’s gelding Ball Of Muscle is another Dubawi four-year-old with big claims here after the stakes winner ran a nose away second down the Flemington straight (1000m) first-up on April 11.
He has won all three of his previous second-up runs and gets the chance to continue that ace record two runs in today, the punters fancying him to do so after he opened as long as $5.50.
Also well supported in from $6 to the $4.80 is the Victory Stakes market mover Knoydart jumping from barrier two with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Prepared by Sydney’s John O’Shea the More Than Ready five-year-old is better tried than the other two top chances with today his 23rd career start.
He was last seen running sixth to Sweet Idea in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on March 21, the freshen-up since then and the drop down in class set to suit when he has his first run at the track.
Knoydart has run in Brisbane before however including his brave fifth when under two lengths off the winner Spirit Of Boom in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last May, before he failed to make an impact in the Stradbroke crossing 12th.
Also at single figures for the Victory Stakes win this year are Tony Gollan’s defending champ and Stradbroke Handicap runner-up Temple Of Boom ($5.50) who returns to racing in gate six for jockey Tegan Harrison and the Stradbroke winner last year River Lad ($9.50) who ran seventh in this race 12 months ago.
Speediness meanwhile is on the drift ($9 out to $10) as are the likes of Hidden Warrior ($10 out to $18) and roughie of the lot Dances On Stars ($31 out to $51), but there has been a tickle for Rocket To Glory.
Stablemate to the defending champ Temple Of Boom, Gollan’s in-form six-year-old Rocket To Glory has come in from $21 to $18 to score an upset Victory Stakes result and post his third win on the trot on the back of a Listed Chief De Beers Handicap (1110m) win at Doomben last time out on April 11.
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