A classy field of 15 runners have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having broken through for a maiden victory at the highest level of racing last time out, classy sprinter Trust In A Gust has been backed into favouritism in Toorak Handicap betting markets and is currently available at a quote of $5.50 for success ahead of Bull Point and Arabian Gold; currently sharing the second line of betting at even $6 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Trust In A Gust justify his resounding favouritism amongst punters and win the 2014 Toorak Handicap, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Bull Point ($6)
Returning to racing in strong and consistent form this time in after transferring to the care of Chris Waller from trainer Gai Waterhouse’s Randwick stables, Bull Point will leave from the ideal barrier 2 in the 2014 Toorak Handicap and is a leading chance of success. A standpoint performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival which peaked with a strong run for third in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m), the Fastnet Rock entire was unable to make much of an impact over four autumn starts this year, leading to his trainer transferal. Finishing a strong third in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up on August 23rd, Bull Point continued to impress in finishing second in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) on September 13th before running a credible third in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) last time out.
Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 3 in the 2014 Toorak Handicap, Speediness without doubt offers punters the best value for money in betting markets and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current $15 odds to win or $4.50 to run a place. One of the country’s best racehorses yet to break through for a Group 1 victory, Speediness performed to a high standard over the 2013 Spring Carnival, peaking with a strong run for fourth in the Toorak Handicap and third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m). Returning in similarly strong form over the autumn season this year, the Testa Rossa gelding finished second in both the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1300m) most notably, and while yet to figure in two starts this time in, returns to his ideal distance of a mile in the Toorak Handicap.
Commanding Jewel ($9)
Returning to racing in typically strong form after nearly a year on the sidelines with injury, Commanding Jewel will have to overcome the somewhat wide and awkward barrier 10 in the Toorak Handicap but has displayed a knack of figuring in contention in each of her 10 competitive starts to date. A Group 1 champion having taken out the 2012 edition of the Thousand Guineas (1600m), the Commands mare finished third in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) first-up before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) on September 13th, but was unable to handle the late pace of Dear Demi in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) last time out.
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