After earlier markets had returning Blue Diamond Stakes winner Pride Of Dubai as the Eskimo Prince Stakes 2016 favourite, the Chris Waller-trained Counterattack now tops the odds for the Royal Randwick feature on Saturday.
Due to run as Randwick Race 7 at 4:25pm (AEST), this season’s $150,000 Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) features a star-studded field of 11 three-year-olds.
Of those the original favourite in the Eskimo Prince Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au was the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained dual Group 1 champ Pride Of Dubai.
The Blue Diamond Stakes – ATC Inglis Sires’ double winner last autumn opened $3.60 for the win, but has since drifted right out to $4.20 as he gives the weight away with 60.5kg for his first-up run.
New top fancy in Eskimo Prince Stakes betting backed in from $4.40 to $4 is Waller’s promising Redoute’s Choice colt Counterattack.
Drawn a treat on barrier two with Jason Collett down for the ride, the multiple Group 1 performer and stakes winner races for the first time since his brave third to the fellow Waller-trained Japonisme in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
The run before he won the Listed BR Crowley Stakes over the same track and distance he resumes over on Saturday giving him a gun Randwick record of two wins and two seconds from five starts.
Counterattack has had two Sydney trials in Sydney this summer and looks a big hope of saluting for the punters.
There are two other single figure hopes in the markets with Pride Of Dubai’s stablemate Wolf Cry ($5.50) and Spill The Beans ($7.50) drawn in barriers eight and seven respectively.
Wolf Cry is tracking towards a run in Melbourne’s $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) over the Flemington mile on March 5 and comes off a first-up win at the Gold Coast in the Magic Millions Maiden Plate (1200m).
Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel colt Spill The Beans meanwhile is first-up here, the BR Crowley runner-up last seen crossing third over 1000m in a Melbourne Cup Day support race at Flemington.
Spill The Beans won an 839m Randwick trial on January 29 and while up in class is a genuine top three hope.
Outside of the chances under $10 for the win are a host of other classy runners including last start Randwick winner on Australia Day Cannyescent ($13) with the outside barrier to overcome, the Kris Lees-trained Le Romain ($14) drawn one closer to the rails who also saluted at the track last time out and Voilier ($15) in gate six who comes off a second to Zin Zan Eddie in the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) from January 23.
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