Just eight runners have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this time in, Scissor Kick has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite for success in Stan Fox Stakes betting markets, currently available at odds of $1.90 ahead of Shooting To Win ($3.10) and Valentia ($4.40) at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Scissor Kick justify favouritism and win the 2014 Stan Fox Stakes, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Scissor Kick ($1.90)
Claiming three wins and one second place from just five competitive starts so far, Scissor Kick is arguably a class above his confirmed Stan Fox Stakes rivals and is a leading chance to continue his scintillating run of form on Saturday. Charging home to win the More Than Ready Plate (1250m) by three lengths first-up on July 23rd, the Redoute’s Choice colt won the Listed Rosebud (1200m) on August 9th before repeating the dose in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes. Jumping from the gates well in the featured Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last start, Scissor Kick settled in prime position on the heels of the early leaders before exploding from the pack to finish a close second to Hallowed Crown. Allocated the ideal barrier 4 and confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Tye Angland, punters may find value in including Scissor Kick as a selection in the Stan Fox Stakes quinella or trifecta bet.
Shooting To Win ($3.10)
Storming home to finish an impressive third in the Golden Rose last time out, Shooting To Win is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 3 in the Stan Fox Stakes and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds. Winning his two debut appearances with ease before returning to the spelling paddock, the Northern Meteor colt was disappointing when beating a solitary runner home in the Up And Coming Stakes first-up, but quickly returned to strong form when second in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Golden Rose. Co-trained Paul Snowden revealed Shooting To Win has progressed nicely from the Golden Rose early this week, also confirming Tim Clark will retain the ride in the Stan Fox Stakes.
Scratch Me Lucky ($21)
While disappointing in the Golden Rose last time out, classy colt Scratch Me Lucky has secured several notable black type results this year and without doubt offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the 2014 Stan Fox Stakes at current $21 odds to win or $3.90 to run a place. Winning the Australian Turf Club Plate (1200m) to secure a maiden victory on March 5th, the Snitzel colt finished second to Bachman in the Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) on April 5th before producing without doubt his most impressive result to date when second to Peggy Jean in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12th. Likely to settle in prime positon from barrier 5, Scratch Me Lucky will be partnered by Blake Shinn in the 2014 Stan Fox Stakes.
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