There is now less-than a month until the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) jumps at Royal Randwick Racecourse (April 19th), with several recent results in major events drastically altering early betting markets for the major autumn race.
Having returned to the track in competitive form this preparation, four-time Group 1 champion It’s A Dundeel is currently leading early betting markets for the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at a quote of $4.80.
It’s A Dundeel was without doubt one of the most impressive racehorses over the 2013 Australian calendar, claiming back-to-back victories in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) most notably through autumn, before returning in the spring to win the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and register as the only runner to beat equine superstar Atlantic Jewel competitively.
Finishing second in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) first-up on March 8th before running a slightly disappointing third in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) last weekend, trainer Murray Baker is confident It’s A Dundeel’s class will see him return to the winner’s circle in both the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Queen Elizabeth Stakes this season.
Despite a less-than-convincing run for seventh in the Ranvet Stakes most recently, 2013 Melbourne Cup champion Fiorente has displayed some typically stunning form this season, helping to outright second-favourite status in 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets, at a current quote of $5.50.
Fiorente steadily built to the task at hand throughout the spring of 2013, winning the Group 2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and finishing third behind Shamus Award and Happy Trails in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) before his memorable win in the race that stops a nation.
Appearing well and truly out of contention rounding the final bend of the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) first-up this campaign, the talented Monsun entire once again displayed a second-to-none turn of foot to easily overcome leaders Mourayan and Star Rolling.
Producing another incredible final straight sprint to win the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March 8th, trainer Gai Waterhouse is understandably confident Fiorente can score a maiden Queen Elizabeth Stakes title in 2014.
Sharing the third line of betting for success in the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, talented miler Boban and Her Majesty The Queen-owned Carlton House both returned to the track in forgettable form this season, but have each managed to reverse their fortunes on the way to $7 early odds.
Boban claimed five wins from as many starts in an impressive 2013 spring preparation, including two at Group 1 level.
Unable to match the late pace of his rivals in his first two starts in 2014, jockey Glyn Schofield returned to the saddle for the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) last time out, immediately returning the exciting Bernardini gelding to the winner’s circle.
Carlton House spent nearly a year in the spelling paddock when first transferred to the care of Gai Waterhouse at the end of 2012, and while disappointing when ninth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 8th, has quickly returned to good condition, unlucky to finish second in both the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) and Ranvet Stakes most recently.
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