A particularly talented field of eight has been confirmed for this weekend’s major Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm, offering punters several generous wagering opportunities on Saturday.
Having claimed five Group 1 victories in a memorable career so far, talented New Zealand import It’s A Dundeel is currently resounding favourite for first-up success in 2014 in the Chipping Norton Stakes at a quote of $1.90, ahead of Boban ($4.20), Hawkspur ($9) and Moriarty ($10).
Can It’s A Dundeel return to his strong form of autumn 2014, or will one of his classy rivals cause an upset in the 2014 Chipping Norton Stakes?
It’s A Dundeel
High Chaparral entire It’s A Dundeel produced easily the most successful 2013 autumn preparation of any Australian runner, peaking with three back-to-back victories at Group 1 level in the Randwick Guineas (1600m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Australian Derby (2400m). Adding a win over equine superstar Atlantic Jewel and the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) title during his spring preparation, It’s A Dundeel returned to the track with a strong Randwick barrier trial win and will be particularly hard to beat this weekend from barrier 1.
Boban was without a doubt the performer of the 2013 spring; claiming five wins from as many starts including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m). Having secured resounding favouritism for the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 8th, the talented Bernardini gelding was unable to match the late pace of his rivals and faded to finish off the pace in fifth. Similarly in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes second-up two weeks ago, Boban was found wanting in the final straight and finished fourth. Despite the less-than-ideal start to his preparation, trainer Chris Waller is confident the talented miler can re-gather his proven form this weekend and claim the 2014 Chipping Norton.
Glencadam Gold ($81)
Clear outsider for the 2014 Chipping Norton Stakes, Glencadam Gold was unable to return to racing in 2013 in the form that was expected, claiming a single place from six competitive starts. Having returned in 2014 with a strong win in a Randwick barrier trial which included 2013 Melbourne Cup champion Fiorente, the well-trialled six-year-old represents incredible value to punters at his current quote.
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