An impressive field of nine runners have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Returning to the track in typically exceptional form this year, Lankan Rupee has understandably opened as favourite for the 2014 McEwen Stakes, currently available at odds of $1.26 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Contesting an impressive record of nine wins and three minor places from just 16 competitive starts so far, Lankan Rupee was unable to secure much of a consistent run of form until being gelded at the conclusion of his 2013 autumn preparation, and has since been close to unstoppable in winning seven of eight starts.
Returning in 2014 in career-best form, the Redoute’s Choice gelding charged home to win the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) by four lengths first-up before claiming three exceptional Group 1 victories back-to-back.
Having trialled well in the lead-up to his racing return, punters may find value in tipping Lankan Rupee to win the McEwen Stakes and a different runner to finish second in a quinella.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at odds of less-than $10 to win the McEwen Stakes, Eloping was a notable performer in major two-year-old events through the 2014 Autumn Carnival and is more than worth consideration at $8.50 odds, or $1.60 to run a place.
Debuting to racing with impressive consecutive race wins, Eloping continued to build into a serious black type contender when finishing fourth in the Listed Sports 1000 (1000m), a credible seventh in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) and win in the Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes (1200m).
Likely to receive the run of the race from the ideal barrier 2, trainer Peter Morgan is confident his filly is capable of a competitive first-up performance in the McEwen Stakes.
Opening at odds of more than $15 in McEwen Stakes betting markets, Unpretentious has so-far received the greatest market share of wagers for success this weekend; currently featuring as clear $11 market mover and third-favourite.
Contesting just two races through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Unpretentious charged home to win the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) before injuring himself during the running of the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m).
While unable to break through for another race win over four starts in autumn, the Stratum gelding finished fifth in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up and continued to build in form on his way to third in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) most notably on March 21st.
Allocated the ideal barrier 5, Unpretentious arguably offers punter the best value for money at current odds for success in the 2014 McEwen Stakes.
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