A talented field of 10 runners has been confirmed for this weekend’s featured Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to the track in competitive form this season, classy three-year-old Panzer Division has been backed into favouritism for the 2014 George Main Stakes, cutting in from opening odds of close to $7 to currently register as outright $4.80 favourite and clear market mover.
Contesting just three race starts since debuting earlier this year, Panzer Division was initially underlined as a leading chance for last weekend’s featured Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), but elected to bypass the three-year-old event to chase the George Main Stakes at an exceptionally low 50.5kgs.
Winning the Gold Label Thoroughbreds Maiden (1200m) by close to four lengths on debut, the Redoute’s Choice colt finished second to classy stable mate Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 23rd before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) last time out on September 6th.
Allocated the slightly wide-of-centre barrier 8, Panzer Division has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Brenton Avdulla and is definitely worth consideration for a George Main Stakes bet at current odds.
A standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival and returning to racing in typically good form this year, Royal Descent is yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in George Main Stakes betting markets but has maintained position on the second line of betting; currently available at even $5 odds.
Securing an impressive total of four wins and eight places over her eighteen competitive starts so far, Royal Descent finished fifth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on Mach 22nd before running a close second to stable mate and fellow George Main acceptor Sacred Falls ($5.60) in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th most notably over autumn.
Again unlucky to finish second in both the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in her two starts since returning to the track, punters may find value in including the Redoute’s Choice mare as a selection in a George Main Stakes quinella or trifecta bet.
Charging home late to win the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) by nearly two lengths first-up on September 6th, Lucia Valentina arguably offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the 2014 George Main Stakes, currently available at generous $5.50 odds.
Beginning her racing career under the guidance of kiwi trainer Stephen Marsh before transferring to the care of Newcastle trainer Kris Lees as the beginning of the year, the Savabeel mare finished third in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) first-up on March 8th, and while appearing out of her depth when 12th in the Coolmore Classic, responded in the best way possible when charging home to win the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on April 5th.
Returning to the paddock after finishing third in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) behind fellow George Main acceptor Rising Romance ($11), Lees has been thrilled with the building form and class of Lucia Valentina and is confident of a successful return to Group 1 company this weekend.
Allocated the ideal barrier 6, Lucia Valentina is more than worth consideration for a bet this weekend, particularly with in-form jockey Kerrin McEvoy confirmed to take the ride.
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