2015 PB Lawrence Stakes Betting Odds

Betting markets on Saturday’s PB Lawrence Stakes 2015 in Melbourne are now out with Group 1 winner Smokin’ Joey the firm favourite and early mover to take out the Caulfield classic.

Smokin' Joey

Smokin’ Joey is clear favourite to win the 2015 P.B. Lawrence Stakes in Melbourne this weekend. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

An eight-year-old son of Encosta De Lago best known for his win in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) last year, Smokin’ Joey comes into the $200,000 Group 2 Back to Caulfield P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) having won his two most recent runs.

The first was in Queensland’s Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich in mid-June before he raced at Caulfield for the first time since his second behind Suavito in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) in late February to win the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) by two lengths over Platinum Rocker.

Now he shoots for back-to-back wins at the track with his Bletchingly Stakes winning hoop Chris Parnham retaining the ride from a gun barrier three draw in the nine-horse field, and pays $3.40 (in from $3.60) as the top fancy in the latest PB Lawrence Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Four other gallopers in the line-up are also under double figures in PB Lawrence Stakes betting this spring including the $4.20 second pick Dibayani from the Lindsay Park stables of David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

The former Hong Kong-trained son of Shamardal has his maiden run down under this weekend in the PB Lawrence, Dibayani’s last start being a dead last (14th) behind Military Attack at Sha Tin in late October last year.

The bookies are taking no chances with the Group 1 performed stayer however despite the fact he’s not raced in Australia and has run top three just once from four previous first-up assignments over his 13 start career.

The next best in betting is then another marker firmer, the rails-drawn Mourinho backed in from $7 to $6.50 to win his maiden spring assignment this time in.

The veteran Oratorio eight-year-old won the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) in late February at his most recent start at Caulfield before a failed 13th last time out behind Spillway in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in mid-March.

He has winning form over 1200m in the Group 2 Australia Stakes from January too so the 1400m on Saturday doesn’t look too short first-up from the inside barrier with Vlad Duric booked for the ride.

The last hope under $10 is then Petrology ($7.50) who also represents Hayes & Dabernig in the PB Lawrence Stakes field.

Dwayne Dunn rides the Fastent Rock four-year-old from the outside barrier (nine) this weekend, Petrology coming off a nice first-up third behind Saturday’s favourite Smokin’ Joey in the Bletchingly Stakes.

Also in the mix at more generous odds is then The Cleaner ($12), the Mick Burles-trained Tasmanian visitor shooting for his first win since he made it a hat-trick of Melbourne wins at Moonee Valley in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) last September before a Cox Plate ninth.

His main aim again this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is the $3 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) on October 24, his campaign kicking off this weekend.

Check out the full PB Lawrence Stakes 2015 odds below then head to Ladbrokes.com.au where you’ll get a Bonus Bet if your first fixed odds win bet on the weight-for-age feature this weekend runs second or third!

2015 PB Lawrence Stakes Odds


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