Fourteen runners remain in contention for Saturday’s 2015 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Magic Hurricane has returned to racing in slick form this time and remains clear favourite in 2015 The Metropolitan betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au at a quote of $3.80 for success.
Posting four wins and a further five minors through 15 career starts so far, Magic Hurricane began his racing career under the guidance of James Fanshawe before transferring to the care of John O’Shea at the conclusion of his 2014 preparation.
Returning this time for a credible third in the Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Handicap (1400m), the Hurricane Run gelding progressed to success in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) before placing second in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) a fortnight ago.
Almoonqith is yet to herald much interest in 2015 The Metropolitan betting markets but remains outright $7 second-favourite for success.
Posting four wins and as many minors through nineteen career starts so far, Almoonqith was a standout for Mike De Kock through his 2014 and early 2015 campaign, in which he was based in the Middle-East.
Charging home to win the Al Maktoum City (1600m) in January, the Dynaformer gelding progressed to fourth in the Jaguar F Type Trophy (2000m) before taking out the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy (2810m) most notably.
Debuting in Australia for fifth in the Sweeney Estate Agents Handicap (1500m) on August 22nd, Almoonqith failed to fire when tenth in his next start but responded well when sixth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) last time.
Almoonqith will need luck in running from barrier 13 but has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Michael Walker.
Beaten Up is one of the class horses of the 2015 The Metropolitan field and arguably offers punters the best value for money at current $8 odds for success or $2.80 to finish in the first three.
Returning this time for fourth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 22nd, Beaten Up was unlucky to be blocked for a run when eighth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) but responded well when fourth in the Hill Stakes last time.
Allocated the ideal barrier 2, Beaten Up will be partnered by veteran hoop Glyn Schofield in The Metropolitan.
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