A classy list of 16 runners have 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 bet.
Having returned to racing in slick form this season, the import Spillway is yet to receive much attention from punters in The Metropolitan betting markets but has maintained status as outright favourite for success, currently available at $4.60 odds ahead of Junoob ($5) and La Amistad ($8) at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Spillway gain entry into the 2014 Caulfield Cup with a victory in The Metropolitan, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Beginning his racing career abroad in Britain before transferring to the care of David Hayes at the conclusion of 2013, Spillway has contested a particularly positive maiden Australian racing calendar and is a leading chance of success in the 2014 Metropolitan, particularly after receiving the central barrier 9. Steadily building to the task over three autumn starts which peaked with an impressive win in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (1400) on April 26th, the Rail Link entire was unlucky not to win the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up on August 16th before running a credible fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 13th. Finishing a luckless seventh in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) most recently, Spillway is sure to relish the step-up to 2400m this weekend and is an added chance of success with leading jockey James McDonald confirmed for the ride.
A standout performer in his native Germany before transferring to the care of Michael Moroney early in 2013, Araldo immediately impressed upon debuting to the Australian way of going in the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival and without doubt offers punters the best value for money at $26 odds. Beating a classy field to the line in the Listed Bart Cummings (2520m) on this weekend in 2014, the High Chaparral entire is yet to hit peak condition over the 2014 Spring Carnival, but has steadily built to the task in finishing seventh in the Listed Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m) and sixth in the Naturalism last time out. Allocated the ideal barrier 6, Araldo will be partnered by renowned jockey Corey Brown and is more than worth consideration for a Metropolitan Handicap bet.
Securing form around some of the county’s leading stayers through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Opinion has cut in from opening odds of $17 in Metropolitan Handicap betting markets but still offers punters great value at a quote of $14. Winning the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) on March 1st, the Oasis Dream gelding finished second in both the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m), and while unlucky to be blocked during the running of the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m), secured arguably his most impressive result to date when second in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on Day 2 of The Championships. Yet to figure over three starts this time in, Opinion is likely to receive a gem of a ride from in-form jockey Tye Angland and is worth betting consideration.
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