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A gun barrier two draw counteracts the top weight allocated to narrow race favourite Avoid Lightning for Saturday’s feature race in Sydney, the June Stakes 2015 at Royal Randwick.
The bookmakers at Ladbrokes.com.au are taking no chances with the Les Bridge-trained Avoid Lightning in the $100,000 Listed POWHF Tommy Raudonikis OAM June Stakes (1100m) who is the current $4.20 top fancy to win the handicap clash.
Joshua Parr has the ride on the six-year-old Blevic mare who is allocated 60kg but drawn a treat in gate two as she attempts to improve on a last start eighth to Miracles Of Life in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide last time out.
That lead-up run was on May 2 and Avoid Lightning has had one winning trial since at Randwick on May 25 when defeating subsequent Group 1 BTC Cup winner Hot Snitzel over 1050m on a Heavy (9) track.
It’s a close June Stakes betting market this year with four other single figure hopes in the full field that features 14 starters including the Hawkes-trained first emergency Agent who comes in for the scratched Gary Portelli-trained Straturbo who was drawn the rails with barrier one.
Close second favourite at $4.80 is the widely-drawn Target In Sight with the outside alley to overcome.
Despite the horror gate there’s plenty of money for Joe Pride’s Nadeem gelding Target In Sight who will have the second heaviest weight (58.5kg) with Jay Ford aboard, the hoop taking over for James McDonald who is in Brisbane for Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap Day at Doomben.
Target In Sight has a solid record at Randwick (6-3-1-0) and over the 1100m (3-2-1-0) and was last seen crossing under a length away second behind That’s A Good Idea when second in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone on May 16.
Following the two classy top weights in the June Stakes field and odds are then the Peter Moody-trained Bel Esprit mare Angels Beach ($7.50) coming off a first-up second at Caulfield, the Pride-trained Lonhro four-year-old Diamond Oasis ($8) and Godolphin’s stakes winning Canny Lad four-year-old Barbed ($9.50).
So will the June Stakes result follow the order of the odds on Saturday afternoon or is there an upset in the Sydney black type on the agenda?
#4 See The World ($17)
Going for the upset and think there’s a case to be made for Pride’s veteran Danzero eight-year-old See The World who will get the run of the race from barrier four while a host of the better fancied gallopers are drawn wide around him. His record over the distance is good (18-4-3-3) and the last start fourth over the track and distance in the mud was credible. Drops from 59.5kg that run to 58kg on Saturday so still has a notable weight but not a write off for us.
#1 Avoid Lightning ($4.20)
The favourite has the weight to win with but could prove the one to beat. She loves the track and has won her past four runs here including last year’s June Stakes 12 months ago and so is back to defend the title. She beat home Zaratone with 59kg last winter and so isn’t that badly weighted with an extra kilo to take her to 60kg this time, the ace barrier two draw a big plus.
#10 Barbed ($9.50)
Sam Clipperton rides this John O’Shea-trained Canny Lad four-year-old who has a top first-up record (5-3-0-1) and resumes here so will be fresh and ready to run a good race even from the wide gate (16 into 13). Will need luck from the barrier but has class and ability so that could prove irrelevant.
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2015 June Stakes Odds
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