2016 Fred Best Classic Tips and Betting Preview

May 20th, 2016

A talented and capacity field 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.

Counterattack is our tip to win Saturday's 2016 Fred Best Classic at Doomben. Photo: Steve Hart

Counterattack is our tip to win Saturday’s 2016 Fred Best Classic at Doomben. Photo: Steve Hart

Rageese remains outright $3.90 favourite in 2016 Fred Best Classic betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Sir Bacchus ($4) and Counterattack ($7).

Will Rageese justify favouritism and win the 2016 Fred Best Classic, or will one of his many talented rivals post an upset?

1st

Counterattack ($7)

Counterattack has returned to racing in excellent touch this time and offers exceptional value for money at current Fred Best Classic odds of $7 for success. Capping an impressive 2015 campaign third in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Counterattack returned this time for a credible third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 6th. Progressing to fifth in the Listed Darby Munro (1200m), the Redoute’s Choice gelding savaged the line for a close second in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships. Having trialled well in the lead-up to the Fred Best Classic, Counterattack has been charged with overcoming a wide fat but should be given a great ride by James McDonald.

2nd

Tivaci ($26)

Tivaci has posted a number of commendable efforts this time, will relish the conditions of the Group 3 feature and is undoubtedly over the Fred Best Classic odds at his current quote. Resuming for success in the Bet365 BM70 (1200m) on February 4th, the High Chaparral colt broke through for a maiden black type win in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) but failed to handle the late pace when twelfth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) a fortnight later. Having received a brief freshen-up after placing eighth in the Listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m) on March 19th, Tivaci will leave from the ideal barrier 4 with Damian Browne aboard.

3rd

Takedown ($7.50)

Takedown carries winning form into the Fred Best Classic and is a leading chance of a first three finish, despite drawing particularly awkwardly. Resuming for a close second in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) on March 5th, the Stratum gelding progressed to fourth in the Darby Munro before running on for an impressive third in the Arrowfield Sprint. Having taken out the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) a fortnight ago, Takedown undoubtedly faces a bigger task in the Fred Best Classic but is more than capable.

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