The Group 1 action of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival continues at Randwick Racecourse this afternoon with the 2015 Spring Champion Stakes for the staying three-year-olds.
Ten hopefuls make up the field for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), running as Randwick Race 6 at 4:10pm (AEST), with the markets led by easing favourite Vanbrugh.
The Chris Waller-trained son of Encosta De Lago is an in-form colt shooting for three straight Sydney wins on the trot, his latest turf triumph being in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill on September 26, a race that has produced four of the past five Spring Champion Stakes winners.
Favourites have a poor recent record in the Spring Champion Stakes with the last to salute for the punters being back in 2002 with Platinum Scissors.
Vanbrugh opened at an odds-on price to break the drought paying $1.80 after blitzing his rivals by nearly two lengths in the Gloaming, but has since eased out to a more backable $2.20 as punters search for the value in the markets.
Also on the drift in Spring Champion Stakes betting are the likes of Benetea gelding Tatoosh ($6 out to $8.50) who comes off three straight second place Group 3 runs behind Waller-trained winners including to Vanbrugh in the Gloaming, the consistent Team Hawkes-trained Fastnet Rock colt Jadeer ($9 out to $16) who won over 2040m at Moonee Valley last time out and Bjorn Baker’s son of Savabeel Gold Ambition ($15 out to $26) out to atone for a fifth in the Gloaming.
Plenty of other three-year-olds are getting the love from the punters however including the big Spring Champion Stakes market mover Too Good To Refuse backed in from $7 to $4.20.
The Queensland raider is prepared by Desleigh Forster in Brisbane and shoots for his third straight win after the Rothesay colt scored back-to-back Doomben wins over 1350m and 1640m respectively last month.
He is right up in class here but with a gun barrier three draw and the nice lead-up form back home, is tipped to handle the challenge.
Also firming in Spring Champion betting this weekend are the likes of the rails-drawn Man Of Choice ($11 into $9.50) for Luke Price who ran third in the Gloaming Stakes last time out and Forster’s other runner I’m Belucci ($31 into $26).
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