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The Team Snowden trained Invader remains the odds on favourite for the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick today.
Invader has been at the top of the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Champagne Stakes since putting in a dominant display to win the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on day one of ‘The Championships’ a fortnight ago.
The Snitzel colt sits at the top of the market order at $1.85 well ahead of his nearest rival, the James Cummings trained Whispered Secret at $5.50.
Whispered Secret is also a last start winner and is backing up week to week following her win at Randwick last Saturday in the Listed $150,000 Adina Apartment Hotels Fernhill Handicap (1600m).
Form expert Gary Crispe agrees with leading bookmaker Ladbrokes that Invader is the horse to beat in the Champagne Stakes and can’t see any of the other two year olds matching his class.
“I think Invader can win the Champagne,” Crispe told The Daily Telegraph.
Invader was a scratching from the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 18 because of a minor hoof problem but repaid the disappointed connections with a decisive win in the Inglis Sires’.
“Invader should join that group who have won the big Randwick two-year-old double,” Crispe said.
“He was very strong to the line in the Sires, he is a progressive colt. On ratings Invader should win — he is superior to his rivals under these set weights conditions.”
The Paul Perry trained The Mission has firmed in the betting and is now marked at $7 after opening at $10 when the final field was released on Wednesday.
The Mission handled the heavy track conditions perfectly two starts back when he won the Group 3 $150,000 The Schweppervescence Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill on March 25 and then beat more home than beat him when sixth to Invader in the Inglis Sires.
Street Cry colt Eshtiraak from the Lindsay Park Stable also has had plenty of support firming in from $10 to $8 and is coming off a last start win in the $100,00 Martin Collins Fibretrack Sires (1500m) at Mornington on March 25.
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