Just six runners remain in the final field for the 2014 Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having hit peak racing condition this year, classy Kiwi raider Rising Romance has opened as and firmed in favouritism in Craven Plate betting markets, cutting in from initial odds of $2.80 to currently register as clear $1.70 market mover at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Hitting exceptional form over her maiden preparation through summer and autumn, Rising Romance won the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial on November 30th before finishing third in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) and returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m).
Finishing second to Puccini in both the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), the Ekraar filly crossed the ditch for the first time for a luckless fourth when caught up in the final straight of the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) before breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of racing when taking out the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 19th.
Carrying a race-low 56kgs in the Craven Plate, Rising Romance has been confirmed to be partnered by jockey James McDonald and may be worth consideration as a selection in a quinella or trifecta bet.
Also receiving noticeable attention in Craven Plate markets, Moriarty opened at odds of $7 but has already cut into a quote of $4.80 and currently figures as tied occupant of the second line of betting.
Claiming eleven wins and 12 minor places from his 47 competitive starts so far, Moriarty began his racing career under the guidance of leading British trainer Richard Hannon before transferring to the care of Chris Waller at the conclusion of 2011.
Finding excellent form over the autumn and winter carnivals, the Clodovil gelding finished fourth in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and a credible sixth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m); placing just off the pace in fifth in his next three starts, including the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 17th.
Returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) before running second in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup, Moriarty is yet to find peak condition over three starts this time in, but is offered a great chance of returning to competitive form in the Craven Plate.
Currently sharing the second line of Craven Plate betting with Moriarty after cutting in from opening odds of $10, Vilanova was unable to string together much of a consistent run of form in his most recent preparation, however still managed several impressive results.
Winning the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) on February 22nd, Vilanova did not figure in contention in either of the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) or Group 2 Nathan Berry Tulloch Stakes (2000m), but returned to positive form when running fourth in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2200m) and winning the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m); returning to the paddock after running third in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) on June 7th.
Yet to make much of an impact in two black type starts this time in, the Commands gelding is more than due for a return to the winner’s circle and is well and truly worth consideration for a Craven Plate bet.
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