Just seven runners have been confirmed to contest this weekend’s Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having secured several impressive results over his maiden racing preparation through autumn, Rubick has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Schillaci Stakes betting markets and is currently available at odds of $3.50 for success ahead of Not Listenin’tome ($3.60) and Overreach ($3.90) at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Rubick justify favouritism and win the 2014 Schillaci Stakes first-up, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Not Listenin’tome ($3.60)
Yet to finish worse than second in six career starts so far, Not Listenin’tome was a standout performer for trainer Gary Moore over the Autumn Carnival and is a great chance of first-up success in the 2014 Schillaci Stakes. Winning each of his first two race starts before finishing second in both the Group 3 Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, the Dylan Thomas gelding won the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) first-up this year before running a close second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on March 15th. Allocated barrier 5, Not Listenin’tome has been confirmed to be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver and is more than worth consideration for a Schillaci Stakes bet.
Arguably offering punters the best value for money at current $8 odds in Schillaci Stakes betting markets, Platelet returned to racing in typically strong form over autumn this year and is yet to finish worse than second in 2014. Winning the 55 Second Handicap (955m) first-up on March 21st before finishing second in all of the Group 3 Irwin Stakes (1100m), Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) and Group 1 The Goodwood, the Strategic mare will leave from the ideal barrier 3 with in-form jockey Ben Melham on board. A two-time Group 1 winner having taken out the 2013 editions of the Robert Sangster Classic and The Goodwood, punters may find best value in adding Platelet as a selection in a Schillaci Stakes trifecta or quinella bet.
Having reportedly taken well to his time in the paddock and return to work in the lead-up to the 2014 Schillaci Stakes, trainer Gerald Ryan is confident classy three-year-old Rubick is capable of overcoming the widely talented Group 2 field this weekend. Immediately stamping his claims as one to watch when debuting with a three length victory in the TAB Iphone App Plate (1000m) on January 25th, the Encosta De Lago colt strolled home to win the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) on February 8th but returned to the paddock after finishing fourth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd.
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