A talented field of 13 mares has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Appearing to have returned to racing in competitive form this season, classy mare Shamal Wind has been backed in favouritism for success in How Now Stakes betting markets; cutting in from opening odds of nearly $7 to currently feature as outright $4.50 favourite and clear market mover.
Securing a commendable total of six wins and four minor places from just 18 competitive starts so far, Shamal Wind was a standout performer for trainer Robert Smerdon over the Autumn Carnival; winning the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m) first-up and continuing to build in form and class on her way to fifth in the featured Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) on April 26th.
Running on for fourth in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) first-up on August 23rd, the Dubawi mare will leave from the ideal barrier 4 in the 2014 How Now Stakes and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds.
Undoubtedly hitting peak condition over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Samaready opened as outright favourite for success in How Now Stakes betting markets but is yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers and currently occupies the second line of betting at $4.60 odds.
Winner of the 2012 edition of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), the More Than Ready mare returned to the track in great form in 2013; winning the Group 3 Theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m) first-up before securing a second Group 1 victory when taking out the Moir Stakes (1200m) on September 27th.
Finishing third in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) in what was a largely disappointing three race autumn preparation this year, trainer Mick Price is confident of a return to good condition this time in for Samaready, who will be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver in the How Now Stakes first-up.
Arguably offering punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the 2014 How Now Stakes, classy mare A Time For Julia has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Luke Nolen this weekend and is well and truly worth consideration for a How Now Stakes bet.
Returning to the track in career-best form this year, A Time For Julia won the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up before placing second to champion mare Red Tracer in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) on March 1st.
Returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Roy Higgins Tribute (1200m) on March 15th, the Redoute’s Choice mare finished a credible fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 22nd before finishing a luckless seventh when blocked for a run in the final straight of the Robert Sangster.
Finishing second in in-form mare Gregers in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) first-up A Time For Julia is a great chance of returning to the winner’s circle in the How Now Stakes and is well and truly worth consideration for a bet at current odds.
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