13 talented mares have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Catkins ($3.20) failed to fire in her last start but remains outright favourite in 2015 Tristarc Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Sabatini ($6), Amicus and Gregers; currently sharing the third like at even $10 quotes.
Will Catkins justify favouritism and return to the winner’s circle in the 2015 Tristarc Stakes or will one of her talented rivals find the line in the clear?
In-form mare Sabatini faces a big step-up in class for the 2015 Tristarc Stakes from her most recent start, but will be partnered by leading hoop Kerrin McEvoy and represents terrific value for money at current $6 odds for success. Capping a strong 2014 campaign third in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), Sabatini returned this year for consecutive wins in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) before running second in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m). Delivering a handy field defeat in the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100m) first-up on September 28th, Sabatini should relish a step-up to 1400m and will be hard to beat on Saturday.
Catkins does not have the greatest record at 1400m, but her class is sure to count for a lot on Saturday and represents good value for a first three finish at current Tristarc Stakes odds. Returning in autumn for consecutive wins in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) and Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m), the Dubawi mare progressed to second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m). Having again finished second in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m), Catkins savaged the line for success in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) first-up this time but failed to fire in the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) last start.
Hazard has been luckless in barrier draws through the 2015 Spring Carnival so far, but will leave from the ideal gate 3 with James McDonald aboard in the 2015 Tristarc Stakes and should lay a great account for herself. Finding career-best form to date through the recent autumn and winter carnivals, the Flying Spur mare won each of the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) and Dane Ripper Stakes before a luckless run for seventh in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m). Returning this time for second in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m), Hazard has since finished mid-pack in her two most recent starts but will be hard to beat this weekend.
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