An impressive field of 12 runners have been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to the track in slick form this time in, Spillway has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in Naturalism Stakes markets, currently available at odds of $3 ahead of Entirely Platinum ($5), Bonfire ($5.50) and Our Voodoo Prince ($7) at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Spillway justify favouritism and win the 2014 Naturalism Stakes, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Our Voodoo Prince ($7)
Securing an impressive total of six race wins and seven minor places from just 22 competitive starts so far, Our Voodoo Prince will have to overcome the somewhat wide and awkward barrier 11, but appears in line for a return to the winner’s circle and is more than worth consideration for a Naturalism Stakes bet. Beginning his career under the guidance of leading British trainer Ed Dunlop before transferring to the care of Chris Waller at the conclusion of 2013, the Kingmambo gelding won each of his three race starts over autumn, including the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) on April 19th. Disappointing when failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up on August 23rd, Our Voodoo Prince finishing third in the Sportingbet Handicap (1600m) on September 6th as is offered a great chance of returning to the winner’s circle with James Winks retaining the ride.
A standout in the field confirmed for the 2014 Naturalism Stakes, Spillway has returned to racing in smart form this time in, but contested the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) just one week ago, and may find the solitary week turnaround a little hard to handle. Also beginning his career abroad before transferring to the care of David Hayes at the end of 2013, the Rail Link entire steadily built to the task over three autumn starts in his maiden Australian prep; winning the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) most notably on April 26th. Unlucky to finish second to Star Rolling in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up on August 16th, Spillway ran on for fourth in the Makybe Diva Stakes and is a great chance of continuing his strong run of form in the Naturalism Stakes. Punters may find value in adding the classy four-year-old as a selection in a Naturalism Stakes Quinella or Trifecta bet.
Securing form around some of the world’s leading stayers upon debuting to racing in Britain, Foundry is yet to hit his straps over two starts this time in but without doubt offered punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the 2014 Naturalism Stakes. Finishing second to Telescope in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (2414m) most notably in his three starts under Aidan O’Brien, the Galileo entire won his Australian debut and finished second in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) in autumn, but has beaten just a single runner home in each of his first two starts in spring. Currently available at $21 for success of $5.30 to run a place, Foundry is more than worth consideration for a Naturalism Stakes bet.
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