A talented field of 14 has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several great opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in competitive form this time in, Sacred Star has opened as and maintained favouritism in betting markets for the 2014 QTC Cup; currently offered at a quote of $4, ahead of Hot Snitzel, Dances On Stars and Bennetta; currently sharing the second line of betting at $6.50 odds.
Will Sacred Star justify favouritism and win the 2014 QTC Cup, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Dances On Stars ($6.50)
Claiming four wins and seven places from 24 competitive race starts to date, Dances On Stars has returned to the track in great condition this season, and is more than a chance of victory in the QTC Cup, drawing the ideal barrier 3. Comfortably winning the Listed Carrington Stakes (1100m) first-up on January 1st, the Snitzel gelding has continued to build in form and class throughout his six proceeding starts and has arguably hit peak condition since arriving in Brisbane; strolling home to win the Listed P.M’s Cup (1300m) before finishing an unlucky 4th when blocked for a run in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) last time out. Confirmed to be partnered by talented jockey Brenton Avdulla, Dances On Stars has so-far been the punters pick, having cut in from an opening quote of nearly $10 to register as clear market mover at current odds.
Hot Snitzel ($6.50)
Stable mate to Dances On Stars, Hot Snitzel is yet to hit peak condition over two starts in Brisbane so far, but offers punters sensational value for money at $6.50 odds or $2.50 to run a place. A notable contestant during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival during his two-year-old season in 2011, Hot Snitzel returned to racing in great form this year; unlucky to finish second in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) first-up before strolling home to win the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) prior to making the journey north. Allocated the ideal barrier 2, trainer Gerald Ryan is confident the QTC Cup poses the perfect opportunity for the gelding out of Flames Of Paris to return to winning form.
Offered at particularly generous odds of $15 for success in the 2014 QTC Cup, Doubtfilly is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 1 this weekend, and will be aiming to record a similar run to that which secured third amongst classy company in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1110m) first-up on May 10th. Claiming six wins and five places from 25 competitive race starts to date, the Not A Single Doubt mare has been confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Larry Cassidy and is more than worth a place bet this weekend.
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