A talented and capacity field of three-year-olds has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2016 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Rageese has returned to excellent condition since transferring to the care of Darren Weir, and remains outright $3.60 favourite in 2016 Fred Best Classic betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting three wins and three minors through only twelve career starts so far, Rageese failed to making anything of an impression through three starts upon resuming this time, but immediately reacted to a chance in scenery with success in the Ladbrokes Mega Margin Handicap (1300m) on April 9th.
Having repeated the dose in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) on April 30th, the Street Cry colt may require luck in transit from barrier 14 but has been confirmed to be partnered by notable hoop Kerrin McEvoy in the Fred Best Classic.
Sir Bacchus has drawn well in barrier 8, has been confirmed to be partnered by leading hoop Hugh Bowman and currently rests on the second line of Fred Best Classic betting at a quote of $4.
Sir Bacchus returned to racing in summer for second in the More Than Just Winning Maiden (1100m); progressing to consecutive wins in a Canterbury sprint over 1100m and the McGrath Estate Agents BM70 (1200m) respectively, but failed to handle the late pace when tenth in the Magic Millions 3.y.o Guineas (1400m) on January 9th.
Resuming this time for success in the Hyland Race Colours BM75 (1200m) on April 23rd, the Sebring gelding will be aiming for a third-consecutive win in the Fred Best Classic after taking out the McGrath Estate Agents BM77 (1200m) most recently on May 7th.
Takedown and Counterattack are yet to herald much interest in 2016 Fred Best Classic betting markets, but remain tied on the third line at generous $7 quotes.
A standout performer for Gary Moore through 2015, Takedown resumed this time for a close second in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) before finishing fourth in the Listed Darby Munro (1200m).
Savaging the line for third in the talent-rich Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships, the Stratum gelding returned to winning form in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) a fortnight ago, but has also drawn particularly awkwardly in barrier 19.
Counterattack has returned to particularly slick form this time and undoubtedly offers punters the best value for money at current 2016 Fred Best Classic odds.
Capping an impressive spring campaign a close third in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Counterattack resumed this time for a credible third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) on February 6th.
Progressing to fifth in the Darby Munro, the Redoute’s Choice gelding was unlucky to finish second in the Arrowfield Sprint in a photo last time and has trialled particularly well in the lead-in to his Brisbane Winter Carnival return.
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