Unsurprisingly ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly Yankee Rose has opened odds-on favourite in the pre-field Champagne Stakes 2016 betting markets for this Saturday’s mile clash at Randwick Racecourse.
Sitting top of those all-in Champagne Stakes odds at a very short $1.35 is the David Vandyke-trained daughter of All American Yankee Rose.
A winner of her opening two career starts at Rosehill last spring, she returned with a bang running first-up in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) for a brave second only a half-length off the winner Capitalist.
She then relished the step up in distance winning the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 2, a race that has produced nine of the past 10 Champagne Stakes winners.
The last to complete the double Yankee Rose vies for this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival was Guelph (2013), who was also the first of three fillies to win the Champagne Stakes on the trot followed by Go Indy Go (2014) and Pasadena Girl (2015) 12 months ago.
Two other two-year-olds are also under $10 to score an upset win over Yankee Rose in Saturday’s Champagne Stakes on All Aged Stakes Day with Divine Prophet ($8) and Obscura ($9).
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes prepare nicely-bred Choisir colt Divine Prophet who is as yet untested in black-type company and who is out to hand co-trainer John Hawkes with his fourth win in the feature.
He took out the classic with Dracula (1998) and Viscount (2001) before teaming up with his sons to win again in 2006 with Mentality.
A winner of one of his two starts to date when taking out a 1200m two-years-old handicap at Kembla Grange on March 23, Divine Prophet is being thrown in the deep end on Saturday.
Godolphin and John O’Shea have Obscura entered for the set weights clash over a mile, the Street Cry colt out to break his maiden status three runs into his career.
His latest start was a fifth to Attention in the Group 3 Balillieu Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill on March 24 when defeated only one and a quarter lengths as a $71 roughie shot.
The next best in betting ahead of the release of the final field on Wednesday at $10 each are then Chimboraa and Faraway Town.
David Payne trains Congrats colt Chimboraa who has had five runs to date for two seconds and a third.
Two back he was narrow runner-up as a $61 outsider behind Souchez in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) before his midfield seventh when well-beaten by Yankee Rose in the Sires’ Produce on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’.
Faraway Town is the next best fancied filly after the odds-on favourite for the Champagne Stakes this year, the Matthew Smith-trained daughter of Not A Single Doubt coming off a third in the Sires’ Produce at the track a fortnight back.
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