Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn is looking...
James Cummings’ perennial placegetter Prized Icon is favourite in Fernhill Handicap 2016 betting to break his maiden status in the first at Royal Randwick on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ this weekend.
Kicking off the bumper 10-race card at 11:30am (AEDT), this year’s $150,000 Listed TFE Hotels Fernhill Handicap (1600m) features a final field of eight two-year-olds.
A traditional lead-up to the $500,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) back at the track Saturday week, a double that hasn’t been achieved since Dracula (1998), the Fernhill Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have More Than Ready colt Prized Icon as the $2.80 top fancy.
He has had five runs to date for two seconds and three thirds, his latest run producing a second to Attention at Rosehill in the Group 3 Baillieu Handicap (1400m) on March 26.
Saturday is his fourth run at Randwick where he last finished second to subsequent Golden Slipper fourth placegetter and Inglis Sires’ runner-up Telperion in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) in mid-February, form the bookies are tipping to further stand up this Saturday.
In an open Fernhill Handicap betting market there are three other single figure hopes including Reinforced ($3.60) and Obscura ($3.70).
Prized Icon and his hoop Hugh Bowman give the weight away carrying 58kg, with the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Reinforced the second heaviest weighted with 55.5kg.
Drawn well in barrier three for jockey Blake Shinn, Snitzel colt Reinforced won at Wyong early last month before a ninth in the Baillieu he is out to improve on this weekend.
Godolphin’s head trainer John O’Shea prepares third favourite Obscura, the son of Street Cry also a Baillieu graduate having run under 1.5 lengths away fifth from a wide barrier 14 of 14 draw as a $71 outsider in betting.
The other hope under $10 for the black-type win on Saturday is the early market mover Crown Him ($7.50 into $7), the Anthony Cummings-trained Casino Prince gelding fourth in the same lead-up beaten only a length.
Also in the mix and the other best in betting at $13 for the upset is Team Snowden’s other runner, Sebring colt Gravitate who is as yet untested in stakes’ company.
Rounding out the field and markets are then the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Sebring filly Bring Me The Bling ($26), the rails-drawn Beneteau filly Lasqueti Spirit ($26) for Rosehill’s Lee Curtis and the $31 roughie of the line-up Hutcho who Dwayne Dunn is booked to ride.
See below for the full Fernhill Handicap 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and latest Fixed Win odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2016 Fernhill Handicap Field, Barriers & Odds
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