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15 talented runners have been confirmed for this afternoon’s featured Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m); offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Pornichet ($4.20) has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Doomben Cup betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au however Leebaz has so far received the greatest share of attention from punters, who have seen the Team Hawkes-trained gelding into a current quote of $5 having opened at $5.50.
Posting seven wins and a further five minors through his 17 career starts so far, Leebaz was a standout over the 2014 edition of the autumn and winter season; running second in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) and winning the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) before placing a close second to champion mare Streama in the Doomben Cup.
Having contested a similarly strong form line this time, the son of Zabeel was unable to make much of an impact after missing the start in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) but has since placed second in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) and won the key form-indicating Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast a fortnight ago.
While needing some luck in running from barrier 11, Leebaz has been confirmed to be partnered by last start jockey Jim Byrne and looks primed for a maiden Group 1 title this afternoon.
Chris Waller will saddle five in the 2015 Doomben Cup and while none are yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of support in betting markets, Foreteller and I’m Imposing appear to offer the Rosehill trainer his best chances of success.
A three-time Group 1 champion, Foreteller ($10) was unable to make much of a competitive impact over four autumn starts but boxed on for a credible fourth in the Hollindale Stakes most recently.
Leading hoop James McDonald has been booked to ride the Dansili gelding and will likely look to find a position slightly worse than midfield before a late charge.
I’m Imposing ($8) returned to exceptional form for Waller over summer; winning each of the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) and Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) and finishing a close second to Rudy in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) most notably.
Having also performed well for third in the Hollindale Stake first-up the son of Danehill Dancer is sure to take priceless condition from the competitive hit-out and is sure to be offered a gem of a ride from Tye Angland.
Standout mare Silent Achiever ($8.50) and Mornington Cup winner Banca Mo ($34) have both firmed notably from their respective opening quotes, while Moriarty ($15), Weary ($19) and Hopfgarten ($26) continue to drift in the hours leading up to the 2015 Doomben Cup.
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2015 Doomben Cup Late Mail Tips
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