15 runners remain in contention for Saturday’s Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Scone; offering punters exceptional value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Artlee has undoubtedly found career-best form to date since returning to racing this time and has maintained status as clear favourite in the 2015 Luskin Star Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie at $3.20 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting five wins and a close second from just eight career starts so far, Artlee won a minor over course and distance on February 23rd, and while luckless when blocked for a run and seventh in his next start, has responded in the best way possible in taking out two most recent starts including the Country Championship Final (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Allocated the rails draw, the Excellent Art gelding will carry just 54kgs and is more than worth consideration for a Luskin Star Stakes bet at current odds.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less than $10 in 2015 Luskin Star Stakes betting markets, Oxford Poet is yet to herald much interest from punters but remains rock solid at a quote of $5.
Finishing outside the firs three only once over six starts this time, the son of Dylan Thomas won the Bob Rowles Tribute BM80 (1200m) first-up on January 31st; progressing to third in the Blackwoods Bosch Blue BM85 (1350m) and third in the Provincial Championship Final (1400m) most notably before taking out the PFD Food Services BM85 (1300m) on May 2nd.
Requiring some luck in running from the somewhat awkward barrier 12, Oxford Poet has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Brenton Avdulla and is also treated well in the weights.
Haussmann and Slots are also yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in 2015 Luskin Star Stakes betting markets but remain tied on the third line at particularly generous $10 odds.
Returning to the paddock following a credible third in the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) on January 24th, Haussmann has been charged with carrying a race-high 59kgs but has trialled well and will be partnered by James McDonald.
Slots arguably offers punters the best value for money to win the Luskin Star Stakes after drawing the ideal barrier 6, but will undoubtedly have to lift a gear from a last-start sixth in a Rosehill Gardens minor over 1100m if she is to post success on Saturday.
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