2011 Hollindale Stakes Tips & Betting

May 6th, 2011

The 2011 Hollindale Stakes looks like one of the handiest Group 2 fields assembled on the Gold Coast in a long time.

In fact the calibre of the horses running wouldn’t have looked out of place in the middle of the Sydney Autumn Carnival or even the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

To show just how tight it is, five of the ten horses in the field are currently listed under $10 with online bookmaker Luxbet.

Aside from that you’ll find just one horse at odds longer than 20 to 1.

As you can imagine that means picking a winner in the 2011 Hollindale Stakes isn’t the easiest of affairs, but as always the tighter the race the more value the odds.

After scouring form guides all week and taking into consideration the likely Dead 5 rating for the Gold Coast surface we’ve put together our Hollindale Stakes tips as we see them.

Remember that to get the odds we quote the only betting agency you’ll find them is at Luxbet.

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2011 Hollindale Stakes Tips

1st – First passed the post once again will be the English crusader My Kingdom Of Fife. How could you not pick this horse if you’ve witnessed his last two runs, he’s been simply incredible. We talked him up as a 150 to 1 chance on his debut but we didn’t back him last run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes much to our detriment. We won’t make that mistake again and expect to see him flying passed the field in the final 200m. He’s not without risk though as we see two potential issues. The first is the distance, Waller admits he refer more than that and we’re worried that a lack of pace early on could render his kick useless. Playing into that is the track rating, too dry and the horses in front may have too easy a time of it and hold too much in the tank at the end. Despite this though we think he’s a great bet and at $4 that’s heaps of early value.

2nd – Crossing the line second will be one of the crowd favourites Scenic Shot. The West Australian had proved he loves coming to Queensland in the past and he backed that up with a first up victory at Eagle Farm last weekend. He’s just starting his prep so he’ll be on the improve and we’re confident he can stick it to most of this field. We’ve only put him in second because we feel he doesn’t have the ‘explosion’ of My Kingdom Of Fife but he runs consistent races and he runs them quick so look for Scenic Shot to hit the line hard. He’s currently a $7 chance with Luxbet

3rd – Grabbing the final place across the line will be the improving Shoot Out. His first two runs this year haven’t been up to scratch but the effort of his last run was far better. He returns not only to his home state but also his home track this weekend so the familiar surroundings can only indicate an even better performance. We’re still a bit worried about the chopping and changing of his race distances and unsure if the horse will really know when to put the foot down. We’re also wondering if he might be ridden a little further forward in this race with not a lot of pace on paper but plenty of back markers.  A good run here is vital for the rest of his winter carnival aspirations. Shoot Out is listed at $4.60 on the Luxbet fixed price market.