A talented field of just eleven runners have been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
A standout performer for trainer Paul Messara over the 2014 Spring Carnival, talented three-year-old Panzer Division has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Expressway Stakes betting markets, currently available at a quote of $3.40 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Charging home to win a minor over 1200m first-up on debut in July, Panzer Division placed an agonizingly-close second to stable mate Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 23rd before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on September 6th.
Placing fifth amongst open competition in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 20th and returning to the paddock following a credible performance for fifth in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), Panzer Division has been charged with overcoming the outside gate on Saturday and therefore may offer punters the best value for money as a selection in a quinella or trifecta bet.
While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in the 2015 Expressway Stakes markets, Weary failed to finish outside the places over an impressive 2014 autumn campaign and currently rates as a $5.50 second favourite to take out Saturday’s Rosehill feature.
Beginning his racing career under the guidance of Harry Dunlop before transferring to the Hawkes stables at the conclusion of 2013, French import Weary placed second in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 22nd; taking out the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) before placing a credible third in the major Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Returning to the paddock following a close run for second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), the Astronomer Royal gelding was unable to make much of an impact over three spring starts but is more than worth consideration for a bet this weekend following several impressive hit-outs recently.
Stamping his claims as one to watch over autumn after cruising to a barrier trial victory at Rosehill Gardens last week, three-time Group 1 champion Boban arguably offers punters the best value for money at a quote of $6.50 for success in the 2015 Expressway Stales, or $2.35 to figure in the top three.
Unlucky not the break through for a race win over four typically competitive starts in spring, trainer Chris Waller will undoubtedly take solace in Boban’s 2014 autumn campaign, highlighted by an impressive victory in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
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