Ten talented stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2200m) on the Gold Coast; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Classy import Index Linked has found competitive form this season and as a result has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Chairman’s Handicap betting markets at a quote of $3.50 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting nine wins and a further eight minor place finishes through his 29 career starts, Index Linked ran second in the Montague Jazz Apple BM96 (1800m) on February 14th before charging home to take out the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) a fortnight later; repeating the dose in the Valley Cup (1950m) on March 15th.
Failing to fire when tenth in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) on March 28th, the Dansili gelding returned to competitive condition when fifth in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on April 18th and is sure to perform well this weekend from the rails draw.
Sir John Hawkwood is yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in 2015 Chairman’s Handicap markets but has maintained position as sole occupant of the second line at $3.60 odds.
Beating only two runners home in the Patrobas BM90 (1720m) first-up this time, the son of Sir Percy charged home to deliver on $26 odds in the Hilton Nicholas BM90 (200m) on February 21st.
Unlucky to be blocked for a run late when sixth in the Listed Canberra Cup (2000m) on March 8th, Sir John Hawkwood displayed a keen turn of foot late to place a close second in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) on Day 1 of The Championships; beating home subsequent Group 1 winner Grand Marshal.
Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 3, Sir John Hawkwood has been confirmed to be partnered by Luke Nolen this weekend.
Tremec was impressive when taking out the Chairman’s Handicap most recently and arguably offers punters the best value for money at even $5 odds to win this weekend as a result.
A strong and consistent performer for John Thompson since his debut in 2011, Tremec failed to make much of an impact over his first three starts this time but takes 1.5kgs from topweight Index Linked this weekend and is more than worth consideration for a Chairman’s Handicap bet.
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