The key support act on the BTC Cup Day card at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday is the Champagne Classic 2016, betting tips for the two-years-old clash found below.
Running as Doomben Race 5 at 2:46pm (AEST), this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200m) line-up is down to 10 starters after the withdrawal of the Hawkes-trained Redouble (9).
Top of the updated Champagne Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost – at $2.40 and firming is Tiyatrolani.
She has been backed in early from $2.70 and looks set to get the run of the race from the inside barrier with Tegan Harrison retaining the ride on the local Tony Gollan-trained daughter of Captain Sonador.
The progressive filly is undefeated having won her two career starts with Harrison aboard so far, the latest of which was by 4.3 lengths over 1100m at Doomben on April 30.
She also won over that distance on debut at Ipswich a fortnight earlier by a commanding 7.5 lengths so the step up to 1200m on Saturday is a non-issue.
Others high up the Champagne Classic betting markets this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival include early favourite for next month’s Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm Souchez ($5), Winning Rupert ($5.50) with the outside alley to overcome and the returning Kelso Wood-trained Magic Millions Classic runner-up from the summer Nikitas ($6).
So can Tiyatrolani retain her undefeated status and salute for the Champagne Classic punters this weekend or is the value further down the markets from the likes of Steven O’Dea’s Magic Millions Classic third placed Sebring filly Candika ($10)?
#2 Souchez ($5)
Like the look of the John O’Shea-trained Sydney visitor in this who races for the first time since his Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) success at Rosehill in March. That was his second win from three career starts and he is drawn ideally in barrier two for jockey Jason Collett on Saturday where he’ll be up on the speed and a top hope to go all-the-way.
#1 Nikitas ($6)
Brisbane-trained Snitzel colt Nikitas has winning form at Doomben from December over 1200m when smashing his debut by 4.8 lengths. Went on to run third in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m) on Boxing Day at the Gold Coast and second to subsequent Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the MM Classic. Hasn’t raced since and will improve off whatever he does on Saturday, but the summer form suggests he is right in this race first-up.
#11 Tiyatrolani ($2.40)
Deserving favourite will take some beating based off the big margins she’s won her opening two in Queensland by over 1100m. Is up to 1200m for the first time but the distance doesn’t look like it will worry her and barrier one will help. A nice type looking to prove her class in better company.
Whether you’re backing or sacking our insider Champagne Classic 2016 betting tips make sure you have access to the best Brisbane racing odds this weekend online through Ladbrokes.com.au!