A talented and capacity field of sixteen three-year-olds has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m); offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Kiwi raider Sacred Elixir will carry winning form into the feature race and has firmed into $3 favouritism in 2016 Victoria Derby betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Sacred Elixir has been a standout performer for trainer Tony Pike throughout his entire racing career so far; posting five wins and a minor through only nine competitive appearances.
Arriving in Australia in winter for a comfortable win in the Bundaberg Rum Handicap (1400m) on the Sunshine Coast, the Pour Moi gelding progressed to sixth in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) on June 11th.
Rated only an outsider to win the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) first-up on September 24th, Sacred Elixir mustered a big turn of foot to win the race by half a length.
Luckless when eighth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) a fortnight later, Sacred Elixir savaged the line to win the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last weekend and should prove extremely tough to beat on Saturday from barrier 1, with Zac Purton in the saddle.
Swear ($8.50) has also continued to firm in Victoria Derby betting markets and interestingly figures as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less-than $10.
Swear made a positive debut to racing when he comfortably won the Blakes Marine Claret Stakes (1300m) in April, but the colt was immediately put away with a view towards Spring Carnival targets.
Resuming for a classy win in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on September 3rd, the son of Redoute’s Choice placed sixth in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) before running a handy second to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 8th.
Tommy Berry will retain the ride on Swear in the Victoria Derby, who should receive a great run from barrier 10.
So Si Bon has continued to improve noticeably this season and appears as though he will relish a step up to 2500m, and arguably offers punters the best value for money at current Victoria Derby odds of $10.
So Si Bon broke through for his first race win in a Pakenham minor over 1200m on September 15th and made a credible transition to black type company when sixth in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
Running on for a handy fifth in the Caulfield Guineas, the So You Think colt savaged the line for third in the Moonee Valley Vase and looks as though he will improve from the effort.
With the notable advantage of Hugh Bowman in the saddle, So Si Bon will have no issue performing with only 55.5kgs in tow.
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