A classy field of sixteen plus one emergency has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in excellent form this season, classy colt Hampton Court has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in Victoria Derby betting markets and is currently available at a generous quote of $2.75 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Claiming three wins and a further two minor places from his nine competitive starts so far, Hampton Court quickly built to the task this time in; overcoming a forgettable run for eighth in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) first-up with a strong run for third amongst classy company in the TAB Early Quaddie 3.y.o (1400m) on August 30th.
Finishing a credible fourth in the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes (1600m) on September 17th, the Redoute’s Choice colt charged home to secure an impressive race win in the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) on October 4th before breaking through for a victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last time out on October 11th.
Allocated the somewhat wide barrier 11, punters may find value in adding Hampton Court as a selection in a Victoria Derby quinella or trifecta bet.
While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in Victoria Derby betting markets, Preferment has maintained status as sole occupant of the second line for success this weekend; drifting from opening odds of $5.50 to currently register at a particularly generous quote of $6.
Yet to break through for a race win in his six start career, Preferment has received a strong lead-in to the 2014 Victoria Derby and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds.
Finishing second in the Testa Rossa @ Vinery Handicap (1400m) on September 10th, the Zabeel colt was unlucky to finish a bob of the head behind Duccio in the More Than Ready Plate (1550m) on September 24th before running fourth in the Shop With The TAB App Plate (1600m) on October 8th.
Running a close second to Nozomi in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) last time out, Preferment will be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver in the 2014 Victoria Derby and will leave from the ideal barrier 6.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runners currently offered at odds of less-than $100 in Victoria Derby betting markets at a quote of $9 each, Moonovermanhattan and Bondeiger are both offered great chances of success on Saturday for varying reasons.
Claiming two wins and one minor from his six competitive starts so far, Moonovermanhattan arguably offers punters the best value for money in Victoria Derby betting markets at current odds.
Likely to settle in prime position from the somewhat wide barrier 12, the Manhattan Rain colt charged home to win the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last weekend and looks sure to stay the 2500m distance this weekend.
Cutting in from opening odds of $10 to register as clear market mover, Bondeiger is likely to receive the run of the race from the ideal barrier 1 in the 2014 Victoria Derby and has been confirmed to be partnered by jockey James Winks.
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