The countdown to the Sydney Spring Racing...
On Saturday the $175,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) will take place as one of the final Group races of the year in Sydney and the odds are now out on the Randwick showdown with a wide-open field featuring a number of horses with genuine claims.
The 2010 Villiers Stakes betting markets are currently led by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Stratofortress, installed as the $5.50 favourite to win at Luxbet.
Despite being drawn out wide in barrier 14, six-year-old Newcastle Gold Cup winner Stratofortress is still getting plenty of love from the punters to improve second up this season after finishing an eye-catching second in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill last start.
Close second favourite in the Villiers Stakes odds this year is Rhythm Of Dance sitting at a quote of $7.50 through Luxbet.
Anthony Cummings’ super consistent Encosta De Lago four-year-old Rhythm Of Dance has drawn better than the favourite, set to jump from barrier seven on Saturday as they seek their fourth win on the trot.
Impressive victories around Sydney this season has seen Rhythm Of Dance bring their career record to four wins from seven starts and money is sure to start pouring in for them to win on Saturday, making now the time to back them before odds shorten at Luxbet.
Two other horses in the Villiers Stakes field are at single figure odds to win with Peter Snowden’s classy Lonhro mare Dysphonia coming off a win in the Festival Stakes and paying $8, and stablemate Parthian at $8.50.
Other quality runners that could cause an upset at good odds, or that are top picks to add to your exotic wagers, include in-form gelding Southern Skye ($14), quality Anabaa mare Dances On Waves ($14) coming off back-to-back wins in Sydney and last start winner of the Canberra Cup Macknuckle ($17).
Check out the full range of Villiers Stakes odds and markets open right now at Luxbet before the race jumps at 4:25pm (AEDST) at Randwick on Saturday.
2010 Villiers Stakes Odds
|17||DANCES ON WAVES||14.00|
|18||RHYTHM OF DANCE||7.50|
*Odds are Fixed Win from Luxbet and subject to change
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