A capacity field has been confirmed for this afternoon’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington Racecourse, and classy Gai Waterhouse-trained three-year-old Hampton Court continues to firm in favouritism in betting markets for the featured event.
Claiming an impressive total of three wins and a further two minor places from his nine career starts so far, Hampton Court has found scintillating form over his last two starts; winning the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) on October 4th before breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick last time out.
Opening as clear favourite at a quote of $2.80, punters have loaded up on the Redoute’s Choice colt to become just the fifth runner to complete the Spring Champion Stakes/Victoria Derby double this afternoon, who is now featured as clear market mover at $2.50 odds.
While yet to experiencing much more than a sprinkling of bets for success, Preferment has maintained position on the second line of Victoria Derby betting but has drifted from opening odds of $5.50 to currently register at a quote of $7.50.
Yet to break through for a race win, the Zabeel colt finished second in the Testa Rossa @ Vinery Handicap (1400m) and the More Than Ready Plate (1550m) on September 24th, and while unlucky to be blocked for a run and fourth in a minor over 1600m on October 8th, finished a close second to Nozomi in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 6, Preferment appears likely to drift even more in the two hours leading up to the Victoria Derby.
Experiencing notable support over the last three hours, Moonovermanhattan has cut into odds of $8.50 in Victoria Derby betting markets and now figures as sole occupant of the third line at a particularly generous quote of $8.50 for success.
Winning the Group 3 Darley National Stakes (1200m) on debut, the Manhattan Rain colt has found exceptional form leading into the Derby, peaking with an impressive victory in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last weekend.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at odds of less-than $10 in Victoria Derby betting markets at a quote of $9, Bondeiger received particularly strong support in the early hours of wagering for this afternoon’s feature but has since plateaued in interest.
Running a disappointing seventh in the Moonee Valley Vase last weekend, the War Pass colt will be seeking to return to the form which delivered comfortable victories over talented field in his two starts prior over 1435m and 1600m respectively.
Nozomi ($31) and Lotion ($101) continue to drift in Victory Derby betting markets, while Atmosphere ($10) has firmed slightly.
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