Punters believe trainer Gai Waterhouse is set to leave Royal Randwick on Saturday one Skyline Stakes title richer, instilling stable mates Giuliani and Valentia as the two shortest-priced favourites in betting markets for the Group 2 race for colts and geldings.
Giuliani, who is currently featured as outright $2.50 favourite for Skyline Stakes glory, has contested only one race start to date; an unlucky second to stand-out two-year-old Unencumbered in the Sharp Plate (1000m) on October 12th.
Having scored a strong Randwick barrier trial in February, punters do not seem to mind the exciting so of Manhattan Rain will have to overcome the slightly wide barrier 7 this weekend, firming the colt from opening odds of $3.10.
Classy colt Valentia carries winning form into the 2014 Skyline Stakes, having followed up a competitive third behind boom colt Rubick and Twirl in the TAB Iphone App Plate (1000m) on debut with a comfortable win in the Ritz Cinema Handicap (1200m) last time out.
Having opened at a quote of $4.10, Valentia has drifted slightly in Skyline Stakes betting markets but has still received notable wagering attention.
Currently sharing the second line of betting with Valentia at a quote of $4.20, exciting gelding Gold Force was arguably the biggest winner at Wednesday’s barrier draw, having received the ideal gate 3.
Gold Force has only lined up for one race start to date, but has quickly stamped his claims as a two-year-old to watch; jogging home on that solitary occasions to claim the Inglis Premier (1200m) by nearly three lengths ahead of a talented field.
Opening at odds of $6.10, Gold Force has received easily the greatest share of punters’ attention in the first 24 hours of betting, who have now instilled the son of Flying Spur as undoubted market mover.
Only two others runners are currently featuring at odds of less-than $10 for Skyline Stakes Glory; Gerald Ryan-trained Time For War ($6.50) and Zizumba ($9).
Classy runner Modoc ($15), Mr Bogart ($21) and Rembrandt ($51) are all yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers for the 2014 Skyline Stakes.
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