13 fillies and mares have been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Shamalia and Avoid Lightning have each returned to racing in competitive form this season and currently share favouritism in 2015 Sapphire Stakes betting markets at a quote of $5.50 each with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting five wins and one minor place finish over her eleven start career so far, Shamalia was unable to post much of a consistent run of form over the 2014 Spring Carnival but has returned to racing in slick form this season; taking out the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) first-up by two lengths.
Allocated the ideal barrier 6, the Shamardal mare has been confirmed to be partnered by leading hoop Hugh Bowman and is weight well for success.
Avoid Lightning is a noted autumn performer, placed second in the 2014 edition of the Sapphire Stakes and has reportedly worked well over the last fortnight.
Securing ten wins and a further seven minor place finishes through her 25 career starts so far, Avoid Lightning won each of the At Sea Handicap (1100m) and Listed June Stakes (1100m) before placing third in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) over autumn and winter; taking out the Group 3 The Nivison (1200m) in her only spring start.
Having run third in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) before a luckless performance for tenth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) last time out, the Blevic mare will be partnered by regular jockey Tim Clark in the Sapphire Stakes.
Peron has been charged with carrying just 54kgs in the 2015 Sapphire Stakes and remains sole occupant of the second line of betting as a result at $6.50 odds.
Peron returned to racing this season for a close second in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) on March 7th, and while rated a leading chance for success in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 27th, failed to fire in beating only two other runners home.
Confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Tommy Berry, the Husson mare is sure to respond well to a rain-soaked track on Saturday.
Griante ($8) and Chloe In Paris ($8.50) and Politeness ($9) currently figure as the only other runners available at a quote of less-than $10 in 2015 Sapphire Stakes betting markets, while Atmospherical ($10) and Onemorezeta ($34) are both worth consideration at double figure odds.
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