Just 13 runners have been confirmed for a tilt at the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend, offering punters several key opportunities to place a winning bet and sensational value across the board.
Having returned to competitive form over her two most recent starts, Wistful has so-far claimed the most attention from punters over the first 24 hours of final fields betting, who jumped all over an opening quote of more-than $6 to register the four-year-old as current $4 favourite for success in the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Cup and clear market mover.
Claiming a total of four wins and four places from just 14 competitive starts to date, Wistful was a standout performer over the spring of 2013; finishing outside the places just once in seven appearances; finishing third in the Group 3 Summond Stakes (1600m) most notably.
Appearing to have returned to the track in less-than notable form this season, the Tiger Hill mare was unable to match the late pace in any of her first three starts, however has reversed her fortunes in finishing just off the pace in second in both the Dunkirk 3.y.o+ (1600m) and featured Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4, Wistful has been confirmed to be partnered by talented jockey Kerrin McEvoy this weekend and still offers exceptional value for money at current $4 odds.
Opening with outright favouritism in betting markets before being usurped by a popular Wistful, Historian has drifted from initial odds of $4 to current feature as outright second favourite to win the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Cup at a quote of $4.20.
Lining up for a maiden appearance in Australia this weekend, the talented kiwi raider has produced several memorable runs over his current racing preparation; winning the Group 3 Spring Sprint (1400m) first-up and while unlucky to be blocked for a run in each of his next two races, claimed a second career Group 1 victory in the Zabeel Classic (2000m) on December 26th.
Continuing to build in form and class over proceeding events, which also included an impressive second to Silent Achiever in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) on March 8th, the Choisir gelding represents sensational value to punters at current odds to claim the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Cup, or $1.80 to run a place.
While unable to handle the late pace in either of her two most recent starts, Angel Of Mercy has already received notable attention from punters in betting markets for the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Cup, cutting in from an opening price of $5.80 to current feature as outright $5.50 third favourite.
The winner of five starts and placing in a further four over a total of 25 appearances on track, Angel Of Mercy finished third amongst classy competition in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) on April 5th, returning to the winner’s circle just two weeks late in the Listed Winning Edge Members’ Quality (1600m) most notably this season.
Allocated the ideal barrier 3, the Hussonet mare will be partnered by jockey Tim Bell this weekend, and will be a good chance of an upset if offered a clear racing path upon finding the final straight.
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