A classy field of nine 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 time in, Trust In A Gust has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Crystal Mile betting markets and is currently available at odds of $2.40 for success, ahead of Speediness ($5), Hooked ($7) and Akavoroun ($8) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Trust In A Gust justify favouritism and win the 2014 Crystal Mile, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Claiming three wins and a further two minors from his 19 career so far, Hooked has undoubtedly returned to racing in career best form this year and offers punters sensational value for money at generous $7 odds for success in the 2014 Crystal Mile. Finishing a credible fifth in both the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before displaying a keen turn of foot in the final straight for third in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) most notably through autumn, the Casino Prince entire finished fourth amongst classy competition in the Canterbury Hurlstone Handicap (1400m) first-up this season and continued to impress when winning the Group 3 Cameron (1500m) before arguably completing his most impressive performance to date when third in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) last time out. Allocated the ideal barrier 1, Hooked is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds.
Trust In A Gust ($2.40)
Finishing outside the places just twice in his 17 starts career so far, Trust In A Gust carries exceptional form into the 2014 Crystal Mile, but will have to lug 58.5kgs around the Moonee Valley course for this first time this season. Taking out the Jeep Don’t Hold Back BM90 (1200m) first-up on August 23rd, the Keep The Faith entire was unlucky to finish a close second to Atlante in the Listed Drummond Golf Stakes (1200m) on September 6th but will be aiming for a fourth consecutive race win in the Crystal Mile after taking out each of the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1400m), Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) most recently.
Charging home to finish a close second in the 2014 edition of the Crystal Mile, Speediness finished a bob of the head behind Trust In A Gust in the Toorak Handicap and is a great chance of figuring in contention once more this weekend. Securing a commendable total of seven wins and eleven minor places from his 34 competitive starts so far, the Testa Rossa gelding finished second in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) most notably over autumn and will be hard to beat in current form from the ideal barrier 4 this weekend.
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