Trainer Gai Waterhouse is offered double the chance of victory in this weekend’s Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) after confirming places for leading contenders Giuliani and Valentia.
Having contested his only race start to date in impressive fashion, Giuliani has claimed outright favouritism in betting markets for the 2014 Skyline Stakes at a quote of $2.60, ahead of Gold Force ($3.80), Valentia ($4.20) and Time For War ($6.50).
Will Gai walk away from Royal Randwick on Saturday with another Group 2 title, or will one of the six other contestants claim the event for two-year-old colts and geldings?
Gold Force ($3.80)
Having also contested just one competitive race so far, exciting Team Hawkes-trained gelding Gold Force was impressive when claiming the Inglis Premier (1200m) by nearly three lengths ahead of a talented field on February 12th. Having claimed the ideal barrier 3 for the 2014 Skyline Stakes, punters have so-far rated the talented son of Flying Spur as the best chance of success this weekend, cutting Gold Force in from opening odds of $4.40 to currently register as the clear market mover at $3.80.
Giuliani was unlucky to finish second behind classy two-year-old and leading Golden Slipper chance Unencumbered on debut in the Sharp Plate (1000m) in October, and displayed a keen turn of foot to claim a strong Randwick barrier trial in February. Having drawn the somewhat wide barrier 7 and confirmed to be partnered by jockey Tim Clark for the first time, Giuliani’s class may not be enough to secure 2014 Skyline Stakes success this weekend.
Mr Bogart ($21)
Confirmed to line up for his second career start in the 2014 Skyline Stakes, Anthony Cummings-trained Mr Bogart has been offered several key advantages for this weekend’s Group 2 that make highlight him as incredible value to punters at a quote of $21. While unable to match the late pace of his rivals in the Ritz Cinema Handicap (1200m) first-up on February 22nd, the exciting Northern Meteor colt will leave from the ideal barrier 1 this weekend, and will be joined by leading jockey Damien Oliver.
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