Only eleven sprinters will contest Saturday’s Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at The Ipswich Turf Club but as a result, punters are offered particularly good value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Group 1 winner Smokin’ Joey ($4.20) is yet to find particularly competitive form since returning from a brief freshen-up but has maintained status on the top line of Eye Liner Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Nite Rocker ($4.60) and Ulmann ($5.50).
Will Smokin’ Joey return to the winner’s circle in the 2015 Eye Liner Stakes or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Unlucky not to make the final field for last weekend’s Group 2 Queensland Guineas, Ulmann is primed for a competitive performance in the 2015 Eye Liner Stakes, will leave from the ideal barrier 6 and will carry a race-low 54kgs. Having won the Chocolate Hangover BM70 (1600m) on April 6th, the Sebring colt finishing fourth in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) before running a close second to subsequent Group 1 champion Winx in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) last time out.
Smokin’ Joey ($4.20)
Smokin’ Joey has been charged with carrying a race-high 59.5kgs in the 2015 Eye Liner Stakes but his class is sure to count for a lot within this field of eleven. Having taken out the 2014 edition of the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), Smokin’ Joey returned this year for fourth in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m); progressing to success in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) before finishing a close second in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m). Likely to find good running position from barrier 7, the Encosta De Lago gelding will be partnered by local veteran Damian Browne.
Pillar Of Creation ($10)
Pillar Of Creation looks likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 2 in the 2015 Eye Liner Stakes and offers exceptional value for money at current $10 odds for success or $3.20 to finish in the first three. Running fifth in a Gold Coast minor over 1400m on March 14th, the God’s Own gelding boxed on for a close second in the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) on May 2nd before running third in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1300m) on May 16th. In-form hoop Luke Tarrant will take the ride on Pillar Of Creation, who will carry only 54kgs in the Eye liner Stakes.
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