Ten of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting stayers will contest the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington on Saturday, and the race subsequently represents plenty of value from a betting perspective.
Tom Melbourne remains a clear favourite for success in 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au at a quote of $2.60, ahead of Francis Of Assisi ($3.50) and De Little Engine ($6.50).
Will Tom Melbourne justify favouritism and return to winning form in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, or will one of his rivals post an upset?
De Little Engine ($6.50)
De Little Engine has steadily improved through each of his starts this time and will arguably be at his best at 2600m in the 2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Posting seven wins and a further nine minors through thirty-eight career starts, the Encosta De Lago gelding ran seventh in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 2nd and placed mid-pack in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) before placing fourth in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) last weekend. The horse will have no issue performing from barrier 7, with only 55.5kgs in tow.
Tom Melbourne ($2.60)
Tom Melbourne has found strong and consistent form leading into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but he was hunted down after drawing a big lead in the final straight of the Lexus Stakes and might not have the ability to find winning form. Having been set on a path towards the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups this season, the Dylan Thomas gelding was unable to live up to expectations at the peak level of racing but also finished second in the Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) a fortnight prior to the Lexus Stakes. Dwayne Dunn takes the ride on the gelding from barrier 9.
Francis Of Assisi ($3.50)
Francis Of Assisi has made only one competitive appearance in Australia so far, but delivered a smart field a resounding defeat in the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) and could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 5 on Saturday. The Danehill Dancer gelding has only had three starts since transferring to the care of Charlie Appleby, but has clearly relished his time under the prominent British trainer and should be right in the finish in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
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