A classy field of 15 runners have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing typically strong form this season, Royal Descent has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Epsom Handicap betting markets, currently available at odds of $4.40; cutting in slightly from an opening quote of $4.80 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
A Group 1 champion having taken out the 2013 edition of the Australian Oaks (2400m), Royal Descent has been unlucky not to break through for another victory since; particularly over a 2013 Spring Racing Carnival which was highlighted by agonizingly close seconds in both the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) and Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).
Finishing fifth in both the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and second in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) most notably over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, the Redoute’s Choice mare has finished second in each of the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and George Main Stakes so far this time and is more than worth consideration for an Epsom Handicap bet at current odds.
While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in Epsom Handicap betting markets, Toydini has maintained his position as sole occupant of the second line of betting, currently available at even $6 odds.
Claiming five wins and as many minor places from just 25 competitive starts so far, Toydini began his racing tenure under the guidance of the late, great Guy Walter and arguably hit career-best form to date over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, highlighted by wins in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) and Group 3 Crystal Mile (1600m) and credible third in the Epsom Handicap.
Unable to make much of an impact over five autumn starts, the Bernardini gelding finished third in the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) first-up, but was disappointing when beating just two runners home in the George Main Stakes last time out.
Allocated the central barrier 8, Toydini has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey James McDonald and is more than worth consideration for an Epsom Handicap bet at current odds.
Interestingly drifting in favouritism in the first 24 hours of betting, Boban is arguably the country’s best current miler and may be a valuable addition to Epsom Handicap quinella and trifecta bets at current odds.
The standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Boban contested a perfect record of five wins from as many starts, including both the Epsom Handicap and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) most notably.
While unable to reach the same impressive heights over the 2014 Autumn Carnival despite adding the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) this his list of achievements, the son of Bernardini has produced three solid runs for fourth in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) and fifth in both the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) so-far, and will leave from barrier 1 this weekend.
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