Only ten three-year-olds will contest Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to slick form with an agonizingly close run for second in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last time out, Preferment has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Australian Derby betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au; currently available at a quote of $3.30 for success.
Running second in each of his first two starts upon resuming in spring, Preferment was unlucky to be blocked late when fourth in the Shop With The TAB App Plate (1600m) but responded well in placing second in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) and breaking through for a maiden race win amazingly in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
Having steadily built to the task over two starts prior to the Rosehill Guineas, the Zabeel colt will relish a step-up to 2400m this weekend and will be very hard to beat in the 2015 Australian Derby.
Godolphin runner Hauraki has found exceptional form leading into the 2015 Australian Derby and as a result, has continued to firm as outright second-favourite in betting markets; now available at a quote of $3.70 for success.
Finishing outside the first three only twice in six career starts, Hauraki debuted in late spring for consecutive race wins before returning to the paddock for a brief freshen-up.
Unable to make much of an impact over his first two starts this time in, the Reset colt placed a close second to Winx in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) before taking out the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) last time out on March 28th.
While allocated barrier 9, Hauraki will be partnered by in-form jockey James McDonald and is a leading chance for success in the Australian Derby.
Kiwi raider Volkstok’N’Barrell posted a maiden victory at the highest level in the Rosehill Guineas last time out, and arguably offers punters the best value for money in 2015 Australian Derby betting markets as a result at generous odds of $4.60 for success.
Yet to finish outside the places over nine impressive starts, the Lord Tavistock gelding booked his ticket to Australia when taking out each of the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) and Listed Karaka Mile (1600m) and finishing second in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
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