Ten runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2015 Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Stratum Star has returned to racing in exceptional form this time and has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 David Jones Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au at a quote of $3.50.
Stamping his claims as one to watch through an impressive 2014 Spring Carnival campaign, Stratum Star ran third in each of the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) upon resuming in autumn; returning to the paddock after placing second in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m).
Running on for third in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 29th, the son of Stratum mustered a huge late turn of foot to post a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) before placing third in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) last weekend.
Stratum Star should relish a step-up to 2000m and will be partnered by Mark Zahra in the 2015 David Jones Cup.
Fenway returned to winning form a fortnight ago and remains sole occupant of the second line of 2015 David Jones Cup betting at $4.40 odds as a result.
Returning this year for consecutive fourth place finishes in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) before completing an impressive start-to-finish performance to take out the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on March 28th.
Having returning to the paddock after placing second in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on May 2nd, the daughter of High Chaparral savaged the line to take out the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) last start and will have taken plenty of improvement from the performance.
Sadler’s Lake was unable to match the late pace when ninth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) last time, but has returned to racing in great form this time and is deserving of his position on the third line of 2015 David Jones Cup betting.
Posting five wins and a minor through eleven career starts so far, Sadler’s Lake was a strong and consistent performer for trainer Chris Waller though the recent Brisbane Winter Carnival; winning the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) and placing fifth in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) before ending his campaign fourth in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m).
Having returned this time for a resounding two length win in the TAB Supports Jockeys Trust BM85 (1400m) on September 5th, Sadler’s Lake took out the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Epsom Handicap.
Velox has so-far received the greatest market share of bets for success in the 2015 David Jones Cup markets; cutting in from $13 odds to figure as clear $12 market mover.
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