Ten stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Tom Melbourne ran a close second at his most recent start and is subsequently rated an outright $2.50 favourite in 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Tom Melbourne has been a strong and reasonably consistent performer throughout his entire racing career so far; posting five wins and three minors through only thirteen competitive starts.
Resuming this time for second in the Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) on August 27th, the Dylan Thomas gelding ran a lacklustre sixth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) before he again finished sixth in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) on September 30th.
Running a close second in the Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) before finishing a head off Oceanographer in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) last weekend, Tom Melbourne will have to overcome barrier 9 on Saturday but should receive a gem of a ride from in-form hoop Dwayne Dunn.
Francis Of Assisi has interestingly drifted in 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets, but remains sole occupant of the second line at a $3.60 quote.
Posting a career total of four wins and a minor through only thirteen starts, Francis Of Assisi returned to racing in his native Britain in July, for fourth in the Listed John Smith’s Silver Cup (2816m).
Progressing to sixth in the Summer Stakes (2816m), the Danehill Dancer gelding debuted in Australia for a commanding three length win in the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) last week, Francis Of Assisi has been charged with lugging a race-high 58kgs in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but will leave from the ideal barrier 5 with William Buick in the saddle.
De Little Engine has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time and arguably offers punters the best value for money at Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds of $6.50.
Resuming for several mid-pack finishes amongst particularly classy company, De Little Engine savaged the line for fourth in the Lexus Stakes last weekend and should find a good position off pace from barrier 7.
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