Malaguerra is poised to post this third win at the highest level when he arrives in Perth for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot Racecourse.
That is the tale of the tape in 2016 Winterbottom Stakes betting markets with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au, where Malaguerra remains an outright $3.30 favourite to add the featured sprint to an already decorated mantelpiece.
Malaguerra began his racing career under the guidance of Wez Hunter in 2014 but was transferred to the care of Team Freedman prior to his 2015 campaign, before arriving at the Moe base of Peter Gelagotis at the conclusion of this year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival.
Resuming this year for consecutive wins in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) and Group 3 Kingdom Stakes (1200m), the Magnus gelding failed to fire when sixth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), but responded with a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m).
Returning to the paddock after failing to handle the late pace and ninth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 11th, Malaguerra stormed home to finish second in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) first-up this time, before beating a classy field to the line in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) last time out on November 5th.
2014 Darley Classic champion Terravista is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from his first-up run for second in the Listed Mumm Stakes (1000m) on November 3rd and is the sole occupant of the second line of 2016 Winterbottom Stakes betting at $3.70 odds.
Posting ten wins and a further six minors through twenty-three starts, the Captain Rio gelding resumed this year for an agonizingly-close second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) on February 20th.
Unable to produce much in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), Terravista returned to the paddock after he finished a credible sixth in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) during The Championships.
Takedown has undoubtedly returned to racing in career-best form this time and arguably offers punters the best value for money in early 2016 Winterbottom Stakes betting markets at a $7.50 quote.
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return, Takedown stamped himself as a horse to follow through spring with a strong win in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m).
Repeating the dose in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), the Stratum gelding placed second behind Voodoo Lad in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) before finishing fifth after suffering a laceration in the Group 3 L’Oreal Paris Stakes (1400m) last time out on November 3rd.
State Solicitor ($8) and Vega Magic ($9) currently figure as the only other potential runners currently available at 2016 Winterbottom Stakes odds of less-than $10.
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