Ten sprinters will line up for the 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 wager.
Heatherly has returned to racing in typically smart form this time and remains a clear $2.90 favourite in 2016 McEwen Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting a career total of five wins and four minors through ten career starts so far, Heatherly resumed this year for success in a Moonee Valley minor over 1000m before repeating the dose in the Andrew Guy Plate (1100m).
Claiming her best career win to date in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) on February 13th, the Lonhro mare produced a smart turn of foot to finish third in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).
Having delivered a handy field a comfortable defeat in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) first-up a fortnight ago, Heatherly will jump from the outside barrier on Saturday.
Wild Rain is another runner that will carry winning form into the Group 2 sprint, and is worth consideration for a bet at current $5.50 McEwen Stakes odds.
Finishing outside the first three only a handful of times through eighteen career starts, Wild Rain resumed in November for second in the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) before again finishing second in the Ballarat Magic Millions 3&4.y.o Classic (1100m).
Returning to winning form in the Listed City Of Greater Dandenong Stakes (1000m), the Manhattan Rain mare placed second behind Husson Eagle in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sprint (1000m) and returned to the paddock after running sixth in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m).
Having comfortably taken out the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1000m) first-up on July 16th, Wild Rain is drawn ideally in barrier 2 and should prove extremely tough to beat in the McEwen Stakes 2016.
Neither Furnaces nor Sheidel are yet to herald much interest in McEwen Stakes betting markets, but the pair remain locked on the third line at $6 quotes.
Godolphin runner Furnaces has been kept to a quite career so far, and has not been seen at the races since finishing fifth in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone in May.
Furnaces has trialled particularly well leading into the McEwen Stakes and will be partnered by leading hoop Craig Williams, from barrier 3.
A former Perth galloper, Sheidel beat a particularly talented field to the line in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) on April 23rd; progressing to a close second in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) before ending her campaign seventh in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 21st.
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