Chris Waller’s Victoria Derby-bound three-year-old Vanbrugh has opened favourite of the dozen hopefuls making up the Gloaming Stakes 2015 field and betting markets for Rosehill Gardens this weekend in Sydney.
Twelve three-year-olds are set to face off under set weights in Rosehill Race 5 at 3:05pm (AEST) on Golden Pendant Day including three for Sydney’s best trainer Waller in this year’s $200,000 Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m).
Drawn in barrier five with Hugh Bowman to ride is the current favourite in the Gloaming Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, Encosta De Lago colt Vanbrugh also nominated for the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) in Melbourne during the Cup Carnival next month.
He has won two of his seven starts to date including over the Warwick Farm mile last time out in a BM70 and while this is a class rise, he is tipped to enjoy the extra metres going up to 1800m and pays $3.20 for the win.
There are four other single figure hopefuls in the current Gloaming Stakes betting markets including Man Of Choice ($5.50) who is drawn a treat in barrier three with Sam Clipperton to ride.
The Luke Price-trained Manhattan Rain gelding improved on a seventh of eight runners in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick two back when dropping back to a Class 2 at Kembla Grange on September 12 over 1600m that he won by nearly four lengths in a fine effort that suggests the further he goes the better he runs.
The other two under double figures for the win are Waller’s Devil Hawk ($6.50), Tatoosh ($7) with the outside alley to overcome but time to do it and the Bjorn Baker-trained Gold Ambition ($7) in barrier four.
Tye Angland retains the ride on Purrealist colt Devil Hawk who has won two of his three starts, the latest of which was last Friday at Newcastle in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m).
The two following him in the Gloaming markets at $7 for Saturday are also the same two that finished second and third respectively in the Spring Stakes with the Paul Perry-trained Tatoosh and Savabeel gelding Gold Ambition.
Also in the mix at more generous odds are the likes of Tommy Berry’s mount Intrepid Way ($13) with winning form up to 1400m at the track, Kiwi visitor Gobstopper ($15) who is yet to race down under, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Exceed And Excel colt Clash Of Clans ($16) and Waller’s third runner Battle Of Hastings ($17) having his maiden black-type run.
The early market mover meanwhile is Daisy’s Joy ($21 into $19) with the rails run from gate one, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained daughter of Street Cry the only filly taking on the boys in the clash.
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