Just six runners remain in contention for the Group 2 Craven Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick following the removal of leading chance Hawkspur, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to places a winning bet.
Having secured several impressive racing results in 2014 already, classy kiwi raider Rising Romance has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in Craven Plate betting markets, currently available at $1.75 odds ahead of Moriarty ($4.40), Vilanova ($7) and Slow Pace ($8) Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Rising Romance justify her resounding favouritism and win the 2014 Craven Plate, or will one of her classy rivals find the line in the clear?
While yet to hit peak condition over three starts this time in, the course, racing distance and small field confirmed for the 2014 Craven Plate offers classy stayer Moriarty and excellent chance of returning to the winner’s circle this weekend, and is more than worth consideration for a bet at $4.40 odds. Hitting excellent form over the 2014 autumn and winter seasons, the Clodovil gelding finished fourth in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on March 8th before placing just off the pace in each of the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) and Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m); overcoming poor position to finish a credible fifth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m). Closing his campaign in positive fashion with a win in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) and close second in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), Moriarty has been confirmed to be partnered by Blake Shinn this weekend and is more than a chance of success.
Rising Romance ($1.75)
Allocated barrier 2 and required to carry race-low 56kgs, Rising Romance is offered an excellent chance of returning to the winner’s circle in the 2014 Craven Plate. A standout performer in major New Zealand staying events over summer and autumn, the Ekraar filly won the Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m) on January 1st before finishing second to Puccini in both the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m). Unlucky to finish fourth when hampered for a run in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on April 5th, Rising Romance displayed an exceptional turn of foot in the final straight to breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 19th. Finishing fourth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) and seventh in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) since returning to Australia this time, trainer Donna Logan has been thrilled with the progressing form of her stable’s star and is confident of further success this weekend.
Slow Pace ($8)
A standout performer in major French staying events before transferring to the care of Kris Lees at the end of 2014, Slow Pace appears to have returned to the track in competitive form this time in and arguably offers punters the best value for money in Craven Plate betting markets at current odds. Finishing third in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) in what was his Australian debut on March 19th, the Distorted Humour gelding continued towards a strong third in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on April 26th most notably. Running on for fifth in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) first-up this time, Slow Pace is sure to relish the step up in racing distance of the Craven Plate.
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