Just nine three-year-old fillies have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Without doubt the standout performer of the 2014 two-year-old autumn season, classy Godolphin runner Earthquake has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 Silver Shadow Stakes, currently available at a quote of $1.85 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Comfortably winning the Colin Pearce 100th Birthday Plate (1000m) on debut in November, Earthquake immediately made her presence felt upon resuming in 2014; winning the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) first-up before overcoming an awkward barrier to break through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd.
Continuing her perfect record through the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on March 22nd, Earthquake has not been seen at the races since finishing a close second to Mossfun when unable to completely overcome a bogged Rosehill track in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th.
Allocated the ideal barrier 2 for the 2014 Silver Shadow Stakes, trainer John O’Shea is confident of success first-up for the Exceed And Excel filly, but revealed he will not risk her on a damp surface first-up.
Also performing to a high standard over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Bring Me The Maid has so-far received the greatest market share of attention from punters for success in the 2014 Silver Shadow Stakes, cutting in from a quote of close to $5 to currently register as $3.80 second-favourite and clear market mover.
Debuting with an impressive run to win the Listed Sports 1000 (1000m) on March 1st, the Sebring filly was unlucky to be blocked for a run and third in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m) on March 14th, but responded in the best way possible when charging home to win the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 29th.
Running on to finish a strong third in the Golden Slipper last time out, trainer Peter Moody is expecting a standout Spring Racing Carnival from Bring Me The Maid, and is confident new jockey Luke Nolen will get this best from his entrant first-up.
Interestingly figuring as the only other Silver Shadow Stakes entrant currently offered at odds of less-than $10, Godolphin’s second entrant Memorial is more than worth consideration for a bet at current $7 odds for success of $1.85 to run a place.
Claiming two wins and a place from six starts so far, Memorial won each of his first two competitive appearances on course and finished a close second in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) most notably on March 8th.
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