The Darren Weir-trained Rageese is the narrow favourite in Fred Best Classic 2016 betting at Doomben Racecourse this weekend after success in Adelaide last time out.
Street Cry colt Rageese is one of a full field of three-year-olds facing off in the $125,000 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m), which runs as Doomben Race 8 at 4:36pm (AEST) on Saturday in Brisbane.
Second emergency Right Advice, jumping from barrier two on the back of a Sunshine Coast win from May 8, gets a run in the 16-starter line-up after the early scratching of Blueberry Hill (17) and first emergency Speith (16).
Heading the Fred Best Classic odds at $3.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au, Rageese is also coming off a good lead-up having won his past two starts.
Fifth in last October’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) from a wide alley, the Ballarat-trained youngster saluted over 1300m carrying 60kg to victory at Sandown-Hillside on April 9 before travelling to Adelaide to take out the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) by over four lengths.
Based on that runaway Black-Type win at Morphettville from April 30 he is favourite in Brisbane in the last on Doomben Cup Day.
Following closely in the Fred Best Classic betting markets at $4 is Sir Bacchus, Hugh Bowman’s mount also shooting for three consecutive wins.
Chris Waller prepares the in-form son of Sebring whose last two starts produced 1200m wins at Rosehill.
He drops from 59kg to 57kg for the Fred Best run at set weights on Saturday and could be hard to hold out despite rising in distance and class.
There are another four single figure fancies in the markets including Takedown and Counterattack both at $7 and drawn wide in the two outside barriers respectively.
Gary Moore trains Stratum gelding Takedown who might have gate 16 of 16 to overcome in his first Doomben assignment, but who is in flying form and shooting for back-to-back Group 3 wins.
After a brave third to Japonisme in Randwick’s Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) during ‘The Championships, Takedown travelled to Queensland a fortnight ago and won the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m).
Counterattack meanwhile is also an Arrowfield Sprint graduate having run second to his stablemate in the lucrative feature.
James McDonald jumps aboard the Redoute’s Choice colt on Saturday who races for the first time since, Counterattack having his fourth run at Doomben.
He is yet to finish in the money at the track having finished fourth in both the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) and Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) before his seventh to the since-retired Waller winner Press Statement in last winter’s Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).
Also under $10 for the Fred Best win this season are Sold For Song ($9) and the Kiwi raider Rangipo ($9.50) backed in early from $12.
The Kevin Kemp-trained Collate filly from Toowoomba Sold For Song comes off a string of nice Queensland runs.
Back in December she took out a Listed feature over the 1200m at Doomben and returned to run a first-up second at the Sunshine Coast on April 23 in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1000m).
Her latest run was a second to Takedown in the Gold Coast Guineas when defeated only a half-length from a wide barrier 15 of 16 draw.
Rangipo on the other hand returns to racing for his debut down under in his first run since making it three on the trot at home in the Group 1 NZ Derby (2400m).
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