13 classy mares have 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.
A standout performer over the 2013 racing calendar, Samaready has been backed into favouritism in How Now Stakes betting markets, currently available at generous odds of $4.60 ahead of Shamal Wind ($4.80), A Time For Julia and Girl Guide; currently sharing the third line of betting at $5.50 odds with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Samaready justify favouritism and win the 2014 How Now Stakes, or will one of her talented rivals find the line in the clear?
A Time For Julia ($5.50)
A standout performer over six starts this year, Peter Moody’s talented mare A Time For Julia will have to overcome the somewhat wide barrier 9 in the 2014 How Now Stakes, but is an excellent chance of success on Saturday and offers punters great value for money at current $5.50 odds. contesting a strong and consistent record of four wins and five minor places from just 13 competitive starts, the daughter of Redoute’s Choice won the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up on April 8th before finishing second to Red Tracer in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m). Returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Roy Higgins Tribute (1200m) on March 15th, A Time For Julia finished fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 22nd before running a luckless seventh when blocked for a run in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) on April 26th. Running on for second in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) first-up, A Time For Julia is more than worth consideration for a bet this weekend.
A two time Group 1 champion, Samaready was unable to make much of an impact over three autumn starts, but has reportedly worked well in the lead-up to her racing return and is more than worth consideration for a How Now Stakes bet. Taking out the 2012 edition of the Blue Diamond Stakes as a two-year-old, Samaready undoubtedly hit career-best form over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival; winning the Group 3 Theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m) first-up before taking out the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) by four lengths on September 27th. Finishing third in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up this year before fading noticeably over her two proceeding starts, the More Than Ready mare will be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver for this first time competitively in the How Now Stakes and will leave from the ideal barrier 5.
May’s Dream ($31)
Offering punters exceptional value for money at $31 odds for success of $7.80 to run a place, May’s Dream has not been seen at the races since taking out the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on April 26th. Finishing outside the places just once over four starts in autumn, the New Approach mare ran on for fourth in a minor over 1200m first-up before winning the Pantry Packer Handicap (1500m) and finishing third in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) prior to the Oaks. While not her ideal distance, May’s Dream’s class is sure to count for a lot in the How Now Stakes.
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