Eight runners will line up for Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Press Statement remains outright $3.60 favourite in 2016 All Aged Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au despite drifting, ahead of clear market mover Malaguerra ($4.20) and English ($4.60).
Will Press Statement justify favouritism and win the 2016 All Aged Stakes or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Black Heart Bart ($6)
Black Heart Bart has returned to racing in career-best form this time, will leave from the ideal barrier 3 and arguably offers punters the best value for money in All Aged Stakes betting markets at a quote of $6 for success. A former Perth galloper, the Blackfriars gelding ended his time under the guidance of Vaughn Sigley a credible second in the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) on December 19th before immediately being transferred to the care of Darren Weir. Running an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) first-up on March 12th, Black Heart Bart will carry winning form into the All Aged Stakes after taking out the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) on March 26th.
Press Statement ($3.60)
Press Statement is treated well in the weights as a three-year-old and carries typically strong form into the All Aged Stakes. Winner of the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) last winter in what was only his third competitive start, the Hinchinbrook colt continued to impress through a Spring Carnival campaign highlighted by success in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October. Resuming this time for success in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m), Press Statement has since finished second in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and third in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
English will carry a race-low 54.5kgs in the All Aged Stakes and should receive a dream run from barrier 7 with in-form hoop Sam Clipperton in the saddle. Stamping herself as a filly to follow through a 2015 autumn campaign highlighted by success in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) and second place finish in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), English was unlucky to miss the entire Spring Carnival through injury. Resuming this time for a comfortable win in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), the Encosta De Lago filly placed sixth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) before running third in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) last time out.
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