A capacity field of 16 plus two emergencies has been confirmed for a tilt at the 2014 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend, offering punters several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
A standout performer over the early stages of the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival, Hucklebuck has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in betting markets to win the Fred Best Classic, currently offered at odds of $2.80.
Finishing outside the places just once in eight competitive starts to date, Hucklebuck quickly built to the task over his maiden preparation in the spring of 2013; claiming back-to-back victories in minor races over 1200m before strolling home to win the Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m) on October 19th and finish an unlucky second in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on November 2nd.
Returning to the track in typically good form this season, the Elvstroem gelding won the Dominant Handicap (1200m) with ease on February 1st before repeating the dose when finishing nearly two lengths in the clear of Prince Harada and The Quarterback in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on February 8th.
Struck down with respiratory issues during the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 1st, Hucklebuck has since returned to the spelling paddock, but has reportedly worked well in the lead up for the Fred Best Classic.
Allocated the central barrier 7, trainer Phillip Stokes is confident regular jockey Dom Tourneur will once again get the best from his entrant this weekend.
Breaking through for an impressive victory in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) last time out, talented three-year-old Dothraki is currently sole occupant of the second line of betting for success in the 2014 Fred Best Classic at generous odds of $6, and arguably offers punters the best value for money of all leading contenders.
The winner of three races and claiming minor placings in a further five from a total of just 12 competitive starts to date, Dothraki was a consistent performer over four starts in the 2013 spring; overcoming a disappointing run for eighth in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) first-up with an impressive turn of foot to claim the Listed Hilton Hotels and Resorts Stakes (1400m) on November ninth.
Returning to the track in arguably career best form this season, the Mossman colt contested a hard-fought third amongst classy company in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) on April 6th and overcame an early hamper to run on for fifth in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) prior to the Gold Coast Guineas.
While allocated the slightly awkward barrier 12, Dothraki has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Nash Rawiller and is more than capable of victory at Doomben this weekend.
Interestingly figuring as the only other Fred Best Classic entrant currently offered at a quote of less-than $10, Enquare ($8.50) will have to overcome barrier 13 if to return to the winner’s circle this weekend.
Unlucky to finish seventh when blocked for a run in the Gold Coast Guineas last time out, Enquare was a standout performer over the spring and summer of 2013; claiming three strong victories back-to-back including both the Listed Mode Plate (1200m) and Group 3 Rogue Plate (1350m) before placing third behind Sweet Idea in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m).
Confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Jim Byrne, the Stratum filly is well and truly worth a wager of $8.50 odds, or $3.10 for a place.
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