Fifteen talented milers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’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 wager.
Talented mare Winx appears to have returned to racing in typically slick form this time, and currently leads 2015 Epsom Handicap betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au at current $2.90 odds as a result.
Stamping her claims as one to watch through the 2014 Spring Carnival, Winx charged home to win the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) before running second to First Seal in each of the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
Clearly requiring a couple of runs to find condition upon resuming this year, the Street Cry mare returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) before placing second in each in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).
Floating to Queensland for a Winter Carnival campaign, Winx charged home to win the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) with complete ease before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) on May 30th.
Having savaged the line for success in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) first-up this time, Winx will need luck in running from barrier 13 but has been confirmed to be partnered by Hugh Bowman.
Sadler’s Lake has continued to receive the greatest market share of bets for success in 2015 Epsom Handicap markets and figures as sole occupant of the second line at current $7.50 odds.
Returning this year for fourth in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) on April 11th, Sadler’s Lake charged home to win the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) before finishing fifth in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) and fourth in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m).
Having returned this time for wins in each of the TAB Support Jockeys Trust BM85 (1400m) and Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m), Sadler’s Lake represents excellent value at current odds and could very well receive the run of the race form barrier 3.
Lucia Valentina is yet to herald much interesting for success in Saturday’s Randwick feature, and in turn offers exceptional value at Epsom Handicap odds of $8.50 for success or $2.90 to finish in the first three.
A two-time Group 1 winner, Lucia Valentina returned last spring for success in the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m); progressing to success in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) before running a credible third in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) most notably.
Having produced impressive final straight efforts following luckless runs in transit in her two starts this time, Lucia Valentina will relish the conditions of the 2015 Epsom Handicap and will leave from the ideal barrier 4 with Hong Kong-based hoop Zac Purton aboard.
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