Just nine runners remain in contention for Saturday’s Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2200m) on the Gold Coast following Friday’s scratching of Anton En Avant; offering punters even greater value from a betting aspect and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Sir John Hawkwood ($3.40) has returned to racing in competitive form this season and is currently rated outright favourite in 2015 Chairman’s Handicap betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Index Linked ($3.80) and Tremec ($5).
Will Sir John Hawkwood justify favouritism and his resounding support from punters and win the Gold Coast Chairman’s Handicap, or will one of his talented rivals hit the line in the clear?
Posting seven wins and a further four minor place finishes through his 30 career starts to date, Tremec has secured several impressive results this time in, carries winning form into the 2015 Chairman’s Handicap and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current $5 odds. A strong and consistent performer for John Thompson since debuting in 2011, the Zabeel gelding was unlucky to be blocked for a run when eighth in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) on March 21st but responded in the best way possible when comfortably taking out the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships most recently.
Index Linked ($3.80)
Index Linked has also found good form leading into the 2015 Chairman’s Handicap and will be more than capable of returning to the winner’s circle from the rails draw. Having won nine of his 29 career starts and placed in a further eight, Index Linked won each of the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) and Yarra Valley Cup (1950m) at the beginning of the year, and while unable to match the late pace when tenth in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m), responded well in placing fifth in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) last time out.
Hi Son ($7.50)
Talented Queenslander Hi Son is a proven performer over both track and distance and arguably offers punter best value for money in 2015 Chairman’s Handicap betting markets at current $7.50 odds as a result. Returning for second in the National Construction Management Handicap (1400m) on March 7th, the Husson gelding placed sixth in the Accounting Group Handicap (1615m) a fortnight later before boxing on for a credible fifth in the Listed Tails Stakes (1630m) on April 11th. Charged with carrying just 54kgs, Hi Son is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 4.
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