A classy field of just nine have has been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in career-best form this year, Trust In A Gust has understandably opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Crystal Mile betting markets and is currently available at odds of $2.40 for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing ten wins and a further five minor places from his 17 competitive starts so far, Trust In A Gust won the Jeep Don’t Hold Back BM90 (1200m) first-up this season, and while unlucky be pipped on the line when second in the Listed Drummond Golf Stakes (1200m) on September 6th, has been unbeatable since in taking out each of the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1400m), Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).
Allocated barrier 7, the Keep The Faith entire has been confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Brad Rawiller and is more than worth consideration for a Crystal Mile bet.
While yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in the 2014 Crystal Mile, Speediness has maintained status as sole occupant of the second line and is currently available at even $5 odds.
Arguably one of the country’s classiest runners yet to break through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing, Speediness performed well over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival; highlighted a strong second in the Crystal Mile and third behind champion miler Boban in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Finishing second to British raider Gordon Lord Byron in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) most notably over five autumn starts this year, the Testa Rossa gelding ran fourth in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) first-up this year, and while disappointing when 13th in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, returned to impressive form when second in the Toorak Handicap last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4, Speediness arguably offers punters the best value for money in Crystal Mile betting markets.
Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 5, Akavoroun has surprisingly drifted in Crystal Mile betting markets, but remains outright third favourite for success at generous $7 odds.
Securing arguably his most impressive result to date when fourth in the Toorak Handicap last time out, Akavoroun has won six of ten competitive starts so far, finishing second in one other.
A standout performer in sprinting events over the Victorian winter, Lacryma Cristi gelding was particularly impressive when beating a talented field which included the likes of The Cleaner and Gig to the line in the Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championships Final (1600m) on July 12th.
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