A talented list of 15 runners have been confirmed to line up for a tilt at the 2014 Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend, offering punters great value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Arguably the most experienced horse confirmed to line up for the 2014 Premier’s Cup, Bart and James Cummings-trained journeyman Precedence has opened as and maintained favouritism in betting markets for success at Doomben this weekend, currently offered at even $4 odds.
Claiming 10 wins and nine minor places from 57 career starts to date, Precedence has continued to produce notable racing preparations since first appearing on track in the spring of 2008.
A mainstay in major events throughout his first four years of racing, including three Melbourne Cup (3200m) berths, the Zabeel gelding was a standout performer in his most recent campaign through the spring of 2013; claiming impressive victories in both the Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m) and Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) most notably.
Producing a strong turn of foot to finish third amongst classy company in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) first-up on May 3rd, jockey Glen Colless has been confirmed to retain the ride on Precedence this weekend, and is more than worth a wager at current odds.
Comfortably winning the Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens last time out on May 10th, Zephyron is currently featured as outright second-favourite for success in betting markets for the 2014 Premier’s Cup at generous odds of $4.40.
Claiming four wins and two places from just 14 competitive starts to date, Zephyron failed to finish outside the places in four competitive starts over the 2013 spring, but seemed to return to the track in less-than convincing form when unable to match the late pace in any of his three starts.
Returning to blistering form when easily finding the line in the clear last time out, the gelding out of Diamond Like was arguably the biggest winner at Wednesday’s barrier draw; allocated the ideal gate three.
Punters jumped all over opening odds of more than $5 for Zephyron in betting markets, cutting the five-year-old in to his current quote to register as clear market mover.
Yet to receive much for than a sprinkling of bets since markets for the 2014 Premier’s Cup first opened on Wednesday, Danchai has maintained status as outright third-favourite at and even quote of $5.
Quickly building to the task over four race starts this time in, the Authorized gelding finished third in a minor over 1300m first-up, and while unlucky to be blocked for a run and eighth in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m), returned to typically competitive position when finishing second in both the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) and Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) most recently.
Offered a great chance from the central barrier 7, trainer Chris Waller is understandably confident of another strong performance from Danchai this weekend; who offers punters sensational value for money at current odds.
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