A classy and capacity field of three-year-olds 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 exceptional form this time in, Hampton Court has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in Victoria Derby betting markets, currently available at $2.60 odds ahead of Preferment ($6), Moonovermanhattan and Bondeiger; currently sharing the third line for success at generous $9 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Hampton Court justify his resounding favouritism and win the 2014 Victoria Derby, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Hampton Court ($2.60)
While allocated the somewhat wide barrier 11, Hampton Court’s recent form makes it pretty difficult to see anyone beating him in the 2014 Victoria Derby, and is more than worth consideration for a bet this weekend. Steadily building to the task over five starts this time in, the Redoute’s Choice colt beat just one runner home in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) on August 16th but quickly found his feet in finishing a credible fourth in the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes (1600m) on September 17th and claiming back-to-back victories in the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) and featured Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) most recently. Punters may find value in adding Hampton Court as a selection in a Victoria Derby Trifecta or quinella bet.
Also carrying good winning form into the Victoria Derby after taking out the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last weekend, Moonovermanhattan has also drawn wide this weekend but is a great chance of figuring in contention and more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds. Winning the Group 3 Darley National Stakes (1200m) on debut in May before returning to the paddock, the Manhattan Rain colt beat just one runner home in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) first-up before a credible run for fourth in the Listed Living Legends Stakes (1400m) on September 13th. Continuing to impress when second to Group 1 winner Almalad in the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) and strong seventh in the featured Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) leading into the Moonee Valley Vase, Moonovermanhattan we be partnered by regular jockey Craig Newitt this weekend.
Charging home to secure victory in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) last time out, Nozomi undoubtedly offers punters the best value for money in Victoria Derby betting markets at generous $26 for success or $6.40 to finish in the places. Also finding strong and consistent form leading into Saturday’s feature, the Street Cry colt finished fifth in the Prestige Jayco Plate (1500m) and third in the Laurels Function Centre Maiden (1717m) before taking out his maiden over 1875m just two weeks prior to the Geelong Classic.
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