2017 Fred Best Classic Tips & Betting Preview

May 26th, 2017

A talent-rich and capacity field of three-year-olds has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2017 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse; offering punters excellent value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Dreams Aplenty is our tip to win Saturday's Group 3 Fred Best Classic. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Dreams Aplenty is our tip to win Saturday’s Group 3 Fred Best Classic. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Kiwi raider Heroic Valour currently occupies the top line of 2017 Fred Best Classic betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au at a $4.80 quote, ahead of Godolphin runner Tessera ($6.50) and Dreams Aplenty ($8.50).

Will Heroic Valour justify favouritism and win the 2017 Fred Best Classic, or will one of his rivals post an upset?


Dreams Aplenty ($8.50)

Outstanding local Dreams Aplenty is seeking a fifth-consecutive race win in the Fred Best Classic and should prove extremely tough to run down in the final straight at Doomben. Taking out a pair of Brisbane minors in March, the Dream Ahead gelding stormed home to win the Toowoomba Guineas (1625m) before repeating the effort in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) last time out on April 29th. In-form hoop Tiffani Brooker will retain the ride on the gelding, who will jump from the ideal barrier 6 and he represents terrific value at current Fred Best Classic odds.


Sylpheed ($21)

Sylpheed has found competitive form this season and is far better than her $21 quote suggests. Sixth behind Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on March 18th, the daughter of Real Saga returned to Queensland for sixth in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) before hitting the line well for second in the Listed Queensland Day Stakes (1350m) a fortnight ago. While charged with overcoming a wide draw, Sylpheed has the notable advantage of Jeff Lloyd in the saddle and will carry only 55kgs in the Fred Best Classic.


Heroic Valour ($4.80)

Heroic Valour has been there or there about all preparation and there is nothing to say he won’t be right in the finish of the Fred Best Classic once more on Saturday. A standout performer in his native New Zealand, the Fastnet Rock colt returned to the paddock after hitting the line well for fourth in the Group 1 NRM Sprint (1400m) on February 11th. Having arrived in Australia for second in the Gold Coast Guineas, the horse will only improve at 1350m and should prove tough to beat.

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