A particularly talented field of 11 has been confirmed to line up for a tilt at the featured Group 2 Wimmers Soft Drinks A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast this weekend, shaping the race as a particularly interesting prospect from a betting point of view.
Arguably hitting career best form over his six most recent performances, Junoob has opened as and maintained favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 Hollindale Stakes, currently offered at short $2.25 odds.
Securing a total of nine wins and seven places from 25 competitive starts to date, Junoob contested a strong and consistent racing career under the guidance of British trainer Tom Dascombe before arriving in the care of current trainer Chris Waller as the conclusion of 2012.
Claiming back-to-back victories in minor events throughout February, Junoob displayed a keen turn of foot to overcome poor position and run on for third in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) on March 1st, before once again securing consecutive victories in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) most recently.
So impressive has Junoob’s recent form been, punters jumped all over an opening quote of nearly $5 for the Hollindale Stakes to register the Haafhd gelding as clear market mover at current odds.
Currently featured as sole occupant of the second line of betting for success in the 2014 Hollindale Stakes, three time Group 1 winner Streama has been confirmed to make her first appearance in Queensland since running second to Red Tracer in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June 2013.
A performer in each of her preparations since debuting at the beginning of 2011, the Stratum mare has been confirmed to retire into a career as a breeder at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Racing Carnival, and is in line to go out with a bang.
While yet to break through for a race win in five starts this time in, Streama has returned to the track in typically competitive form; finishing sixth in both the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and fourth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) most notably.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4 and confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Blake Shinn, Streama represents exceptional value for money at current $4.80 odds.
The second of trainer Chris Waller’s multi-pronged attack on the 2014 Hollindale Stakes, Moriarty is also yet to secure a race victory in 2014 but has contested a particularly consistent preparation.
Winner of 10 races and placing in a further 11 over a total of 40 competitive starts, Moriarty as disappointing when eighth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 8th, however appeared far better for the run when third in the well-contested Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) just two weeks later.
Finishing strong for fourth in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on March 8th, the Clodovil gelding was unlucky when blocked for a run and sixth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), but once again displayed a strong late sprinting ability when fifth in the Neville Selwood Stakes (2000m) last time out.
Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Craig Newitt and allocated the ideal barrier 3, Moriarty is a fantastic chance of victory in the 2014 Hollindale Stakes, particularly for generous $5.50 odds.
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