A talented field of just eleven remain in the hunt for the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill this weekend, offering punters great value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
A standout performer over his maiden racing preparation in spring, three-year-old Panzer Division ($3.30) has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Expressway Stakes betting markets ahead of Weary ($5.50), Boban ($7) and That’s A Good Idea ($7.50) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Panzer Division justify favouritism and win the 2015 Expressway Stakes, or will on of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Failing to finish outside the places over five autumn starts in 2014, Weary will leave from the ideal barrier 4, has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Tommy Berry and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current $5.50 odds for success. Winning the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m), finishing third in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) most notably over autumn, Weary was unable to make much of an impact over three spring starts but has reportedly never worked better for trainer Chris Waller in the lead-up to his autumn return.
Panzer Division ($3.30)
Claiming two wins and a minor place over his five start career so far, Panzer Division is a proven performer amongst open company and is also offered the luxury of carrying a race-low 55kgs in the 2015 Expressway Stakes, owing to his age. Debuting with a near-four length win in a minor over 1200m on July 19th, Panzer Division placed an agonizingly-close second to Scissor Kick in the interference-rich Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 23rd before winning the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) on September 6th. Having placed fifth in both the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last time out, the son of Redoute’s Choice may have to do a little too much, too early from the outside barrier 11 this weekend.
A Group 1 winner over the distance, Driefontein is also the only mare confirmed in the final field for the 2014 Expressway Stakes and will arguably offer punters the best value for money if faced with a wet track on Saturday. Placing sixth in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) first-up in spring, the Fastnet Rock mare ran a close second to renowned sprinter Deep Field in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) on November 1st, and while unable to make much of an impact in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), has re-found form over her two most recent starts.
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