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A smart field of female gallopers faces off in the Dane Ripper Stakes 2017 in Brisbane on Saturday, our insider betting tips and the latest odds on the Stradbroke Handicap Day support act detailed below.
Running as Doomben Race 4 at 1:05pm (AEST), the line-up for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) is down to 14 starters with Egyptian Symbol (Stradbroke Handicap) and Sylpheed (Queensland Guineas) both scratched for other races on the program.
Four of the remaining hopes in the updated Dane Ripper Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are at single-figures for the win including the firming favourite Raiment ($4.20 into $3.90) who gets the run of the race from barrier one.
The Godolphin-raced Street Cry filly is well fancied to beat home the older mares and improve on her lead-up fifth in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1300m) at Eagle Farm.
She strips fitter for this, is a Group 3 winner in Sydney and is two-from-three over the distance.
Her biggest danger looking at the Dane Ripper Stakes betting markets at $4.40 is the flying Bonny O’Reilly who even from a wide alley is a winning hope.
Bjorn Baker trains the consistent daughter of O’Reilly, the four-year-old having won all but two of her nine career starts.
She comes off an extended winning streak and is on the short back-up after winning a black-type here over 1200m last Saturday.
So will the two best in betting dominate the Dane Ripper Stakes results this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival or is there an upset pending from the likes of perennial runner-up Prompt Response ($6.50), the fellow Tulloch Lodge-trained filly Miss Debutante ($8) or even the Chris Waller-trained distance specialist French Emotion ($16)?
#12 Prompt Response ($6.50)
Backing the fillies to have it over the mares in this year’s Dane Ripper led by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Beneteau filly who comes into the race in fine form. She’s got excellent form over this distance range (5-1-3-0) and chases her first win of the year. Black-type winner at Sandown in the spring, Group 3 placed three times this season including her last start Dark Jewel second behind Daysee Doom when narrowly defeated at Scone. Still well-weighted here and a subsequent Warwick Farm trial win has her in peak fitness.
#13 Miss Debutante ($8)
Tipping a Waterhouse-trained quinella with his Fasnet Rock filly out to extend in distance. Black-type winner by a good margin at Scone in mid-May from a wide gate before her fourth only 2.5 lengths beaten in the Glenlogan Park two weeks ago. Similar grade and she’ll be improving.
#1 Tycoon Tara ($12)
Peter & Paul Snowden-trained mare hasn’t been at her best and gives the weight away carrying 59kg, but can get back to her best from barrier four with Kerrin McEvoy on again. Chasing her first win since September. Down in grade after a tough run in the wet in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup behind Clearly Innocent at Eagle Farm last time out. Firmer going for this will suit and back against her own kind.
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