The final field and early betting odds are out for Saturday’s Manfred Stakes 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse with two hopefuls in the sprint clash installed as co-favourites.
Set to run as Caulfield Race 8 at 5:00pm (AEDT), this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) features a final field of 13 three-year-olds.
Two sit top of the early Manfred Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $5.50 each for the win with Palentino and Vostock drawn in barriers six and three respectively.
Brad Rawiller takes over for Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne in the saddle of the Darren Weir-trained Teofilo colt Palentino who has won two of his three career starts to date.
His latest win was in the Listed Hilton Hotel Stakes (1400m) at Flemington during November’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Saturday kicks off a Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival campaign targeting the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5, a race Palentino pays $9 to win in pre-field betting.
Vostock meanwhile is a $21 chance in the futures Australian Guineas odds, the undefeated Peter Moody-trained son of Starcraft having won all three of his starts to date.
The latest was over the Sandown-Lakeside mile on December 23 by nearly four lengths, this weekend his maiden start in black-type company.
Hot on the co-favourites’ heels in Manfred Stakes betting for Saturday at $6 is another in-form three-year-old, the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Medaglia D’Oro colt Golden Spin.
After an unplaced run on debut at Geelong last July, the super-consistent youngster won his next four starts including back-to-back Caulfield races over 1200m.
He was last seen saluting by three lengths on January 9 ahead of his shot at three straight wins over the track and distance in the Manfred Stakes.
Local trainer Mick Price prepares the other two single figure hopes with stablemates Ready For Victory ($7.50) and Prince Of Brooklyn ($9.50) both first-up on Saturday.
Glen Boss rides More Than Ready colt Ready For Victory from barrier four in the Caulfield Guineas third placegetter’s first run since a ninth when dropped down in distance for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
A winner of two of his four starts, Magnus colt Prince Of Brooklyn has Damien Oliver in the saddle from the inside alley for his autumn return where the Group 3 Adelaide winner will look to atone for his last (16th) over 1400m at Flemington last Saturday.
The next best in betting are the Ciaron Maher-trained Bon Aurum ($11) and Puritan ($13) from the Mornington stables of Jason Warren.
Bon Hoffa colt Bon Aurum defeated a class field in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) two back before a ninth in the Group 1 where he had little luck behind the Chris Waller-trained winner Press Statement back on October 10.
Purtian meanwhile is only lightly raced with three previous starts, the son of Beneteau’s latest a 14th in the Guineas Prelude after a fourth at Flemington behind Kinglike in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m).
He comes into the Manfred off a winning Geelong trial by three and a half lengths and has Nicholas Hall riding this weekend.
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