A talented field of just nine three-year-old fillies have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint.
Without doubt the standout of major two-year-old events through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Earthquake has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 Furious Stakes, currently available at $1.80 odds with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
More than stamping her claims as a serious racing contender when winning her maiden race by three lengths in November, Earthquake returned to the track in exceptional form this year, taking out the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) before overcoming a wide and awkward barrier to break through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing, winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd.
Continuing her perfect run of form through the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m), the Exceed And Excel displayed a definite distain for rain-affected tracks during the running of the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) most recently on April 5th, but still managed to finish second.
Allocated the ideal barrier 3, punters may find value in including Earthquake as a selection in a trifecta or quinella at current odds.
The only other 2014 Furious Stakes runner to have secured success at Group 1 level, Peggy Jean arguably offers punters the best value for money at current odds; yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of bets for success and available at $4.80 to win, or $2.10 to run a place.
Finishing outside the places just once in six competitive starts so far, Peggy Jean quickly found her feet upon debuting to racing; finishing second to Nayeli in the 2014 ATC Membership On Sale Maiden (1000m) before charging home to beat a talented field which included Boomwaa to the line in the Inglis Classic (1200m) on January 18th.
Continuing to impress when second to subsequent Golden Slipper third Bring Me The Maid in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 29th, the Myboycharlie filly displayed an exceptional turn of foot in the final straight to win the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Returning to the paddock after a luckless run for fifth in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) on April 26th, Peggy Jean has been confirmed to be partnered by renowned jockey Blake Shinn, will leave from the ideal barrier 4 and is more than worth consideration for a wager at current odds.
The second Godolphin runner confirmed for the 2014 Furious Stakes, Memorial is also yet to receive much attention from punters for success this weekend but has maintained status as sole occupant of the third line of betting at current $7 odds.
Securing a commendable record of two race wins and as many minor places from seven starts, Memorial finished a credible fifth in the Golden Slipper most notably through autumn and has seemingly returned to racing in polished form this season; finishing second to Bring Me The Maid in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) first-up on August 23rd.
Confirmed to be partnered by Sydney Premiership-winning jockey James McDonald, the Street Cry filly offers punters exceptional value for the Furious Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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