Tue, Mar 21, 5:55pm by Senior Writer
The two horses who fought out the finish of the Australian Cup, Jameka and Humidor, are at the top of the market for this Saturday’s $1.5 million The BMW at Rosehill.
Humidor gunned down Jameka late in the Australian Cup, defying the track pattern to win his first Group 1 over 2000m.
But Jameka’s better credentials over the 2400m, with the mare having won the Caulfield Cup over the distance as well as the Crown Oaks over 2500m, have her at $4.20 for Saturday’s weight-for-age test, and Humidor at $4.60 despite giving her a start and beating her home his past two starts.
Also at $4.60 is Our Ivanhowe, who relished the wet track at Rosehill last week to win the Ranvet Stakes over 2000m last week.
His stablemate Exospheric, who stormed home for third in the Australian Cup behind Humidor and Jameka, is a $7 chance, behind Tavago, who won last year’s ATC Derby and was a last-start winner in the Sky High at this track.
Saturday also sees the running of the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes for the three-year-old fillies where Foxplay holds $4.60 favouritism on the strength of her last start win on the Phar Lap Stakes two weeks ago.
Her stablemate Dawn Wall, who is coming off a hat-trick of wins, is currently second favourite on $5.50, while Kiwi filly La Bella Diosa, who upset the likes of Omei Sword and Global Glamour two runs back but failed in the Group 1 Coolmore last start, is at $7, the same price as Lubiton and Harlow Gold.
The final Group One in Victoria for the racing season takes place at Moonee Valley on Friday night with the running of the William Reid Stakes (1200m) for the sprinters.
There are 25 nominations for that race with a maximum field of 14 allowed.
Sportsbet have announced that they have opened betting on every Group 1 race in Australia in 2017, by adding another 38 markets.
In a first for an Australian bookmaker every Group 1 up until the Kington Town Stakes in Perth in December is covered.
Looking more short term and Sportsbet have now shortened superstar Winx into $1.15 to win the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes on April 8.
Winx will be aiming for her 17th consecutive win when she contests the 2000m event, with her old rival Hartnell at $13 equal second favourite with Our Ivanhowe.
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