A classy field of 15 stayers has been confirmed to contest this weekend’s Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in great form this time in and required a victory to ensure a berth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th, Spillway has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in The Metropolitan betting markets, currently available at odds of $4.60 after drifting slightly from an opening quote of $4.40 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing an impressive record of four wins and five minor places from just 16 competitive starts so far, Spillway began his racing career under the guidance of British trainer Eve Johnson Houghton before transferring to the care of trainer David Hayes at the conclusion of 2013.
Steadily building to the task over three starts in his maiden Australian preparation through autumn, highlighted by a strong win in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on April 26th, the Rail Link entire finished a credible fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 13th, but ran a luckless seventh when blocked for a run in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) last time out.
Allocated the central barrier 9, Spillway is more than worth consideration for a Metropolitan Handicap bet at current odds.
Having so far received the greatest market share of wagers for success in Metropolitan betting markets, punters firmly believe classy Chris Waller-trained stayer Junoob will register a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in this weekend; seeing the six-year-old in from an opening quote of $7 to currently register as outright second favourite and clear $5 market mover.
Claiming ten wins and eight minor places from his 30 career starts so far, Junoob found peak condition over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, highlighted by strong victories in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) and credible third in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 17th.
Steadily building to the task this time in, the Haafhd gelding beat just one runner home in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up and finished sixth in the Group2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) last time out.
Allocated the favourable barrier 3, punters may find value in adding Junoob as a selection in a Metropolitan Handicap quinella or trifecta bet.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at odds of less-than $10 in The Metropolitan betting markets, classy Team Hawkes runner La Amistad has been unable to string together much of a consistent run of form since returning to racing in spring, but is offered a good opportunity of figuring in contention this weekend from barrier 6.
A standout performer for the in-form stable over autumn, La Amistad won two minor staying events before charging home to take out the Listed McKell Cup (2400m) by more than four lengths on May 24th.
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