A less-than capacity field of 13 has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 3 BRC Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Confirmed to be partnered by 2014 standout jockey Nash Rawiller, Danchai has opened as and maintained favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap, currently offered at $2.50 odds.
Claiming two wins and five places from just 13 competitive appearances so far, Danchai contested an impressive career in his native Great Britain prior to arriving in the care of trainer Chris Waller at the conclusion of his 2013 preparation.
Taking to the Australian way of racing well, the Authorized gelding finished third amongst classy company in the AJ Bert Lillye Memorial Handicap (1300m) on March 23rd, and while unlucky when blocked for a run and eighth in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m), returned to impressive form when running on for second in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 2, punters have offered a sprinkling of bets for a Danchai victory in the first 24 hours of betting for the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap, taking advantage of an opening quote of $2.70.
Currently tied with Carmora on the second line of betting at particularly generous odds of $8, kiwi raider Zennista’s chances in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap received a huge boost when allocated the ideal inside gate at Wednesday’s barrier draw.
A standout performer over the 2013 New Zealand spring carnival, Zennista was unlucky to finish fifth when blocked for a run in the Group 1 Windsor Park Pate (1600m) first-up, breaking through for an impressive victory in the Group 3 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) on November 16th before running on to finish fifth in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) just two weeks later.
Returning to the track in typically strong form this season, the Zenno Rob Roy mare finished second in the Graphic Cup (1400m) first-up before placing fourth in the Listed Anzac Handicap (1600m) last time out.
With regular jockey Mark Du Plessis confirmed to make the trip across the ditch for this weekend’s Doomben race card, Zennista is a realistic chance of success and represents arguably the best value for money at $8 odds for success in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap.
Strolling home to win the Gallipoli Medical Research Cup (1600m) last time out, Carmora is also offered a keen chance of success this weekend, having been allocated barrier 4 and confirmed to be partnered by leading Brisbane jockey Michael Cahill.
A noted performer in winter events, the Stromberg Carlson gelding was unlucky to finish second in the Listed QLD Day Plate (1350m) in the winter of 2013, returning to the track less-than two weeks later to run on for fourth in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m).
Yet to receive much attention, Carmora opened at and has maintained a quote of even $8 odds for success this weekend.
Having opened at odds of more than $15, in-form local Brave Ali has received the market share of wagers in the first 24 hours of Chairman’s Handicap betting, cut into a quote of $10 to register as clear market mover.
Aiming to secure a fourth straight victory this weekend, trainer Tony Gollan is confident Brave Ali will perform well from the central barrier 6.
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