A talented field of eight has been confirmed to line up at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse this weekend for the featured Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m), offering punters exceptional value and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having broken through for a maiden Group 1 victory this preparation, classy mare Snitzerland has opened as and maintained favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 Victory Stakes at a current quote of $2, ahead of leading local chance Spirit Of Boom ($4.20), Famous Seamus ($6.50) and Fire Up Fifi ($9).
Will Snitzerland return to winning form in the 2014 Victory Stakes, or will one of her talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Arguably one of the most talented current Australian race horses yet to claim a Group 1 title prior to her current preparation, Snitzerland broke the hoodoo with her very first roll of this dice this season, leading from start to finish to claim the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) on February 15th. Unlucky to finish just off the pace of Villa Verde when second in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on March 15th, the Snitzel mare was unable to handle the heavy going of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) last time out, finishing a disappointing 12th. Despite the less-than convincing result, trainer Gerald Ryan is confident Snitzerland’s class will see a return to winning form of a far-sturdier Brisbane track this weekend.
Spirit Of Boom ($4.20)
Spirit Of Boom has returned to the track in typically scintillating form this preparation, finishing second in both the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before final breaking through for a maiden Group 1 title in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) last time out on March 21st. having been allocated barrier 7 for this weekend’s Victory Stakes, trainer Tony Gollan is confident local jockey Timothy Bell’s knowledge and experience on the Eagle Farm course will lead to another good result for the Sequalo entire.
A standout performer over the 2013 racing calendar, Solzhenitsyn arguably offers punters the best value for money in betting markets for the 2014 Victory Stakes at particularly generous odds of $10, or $2.65 for a place. Winner of the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) in early winter, the St Petersburg gelding arguably hit career best form over a five race spring preparation; finishing second in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) and third in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) before successfully defending his 2012 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) title by nearly two lengths on October 12th. While yet to line up competitively in 2014, trainer Robert Heathcote is confident jockey Glen Colless will get the most from his entrant in the Victory Stakes.
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