Just seven runners have been confirmed to line up at Belmont Racecourse this weekend to contest the featured Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several keen opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to the track in scintillating form this season, Elite Belle has opened as and maintained clear favouritism in betting markets for success in the Hyperion Stakes, currently offered at a short quote of $1.60, ahead of Kalahaar ($4.50), Ranger ($7) and When We Were Kings ($11).
Will Elite Belle continue her dominance in Western Australian sprinting events and win the Hyperion Stakes, or will one of her talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Elite Belle ($1.60)
Returning to the track in exceptional form this season, Elite Belle is odds-on favourite to win the 2014 Hyperion Stakes for a reason and is a brilliant chance of success this weekend. Contesting an impressive total of six race wins and eight minor places from just 19 competitive appearances so-far, Elite Belle was a standout performer over the 2013 spring carnival; winning both the Listed Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes (1400m) and Listed La Trice Stakes (1800m) and finishing an impressive sixth in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) most notably. Finishing second in the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) first-up on May 17th, the Canny Lad mare will carry winning form into this weekend’s feature after strolling home to win the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) last time out. Having been allocated the ideal barrier 1 for the Hyperion Stakes all signs point towards an Elite Belle victory this weekend.
Finishing second to Elite Belle in the Belmont Sprint last time out, Kalahaar arguably offers punters the best chance of an upset over the resounding favourite, and is more than worth a wager at current $4.50 odds, or $1.90 to run a place. Performing well over the 2013 spring, the Choisir gelding finishing second in both the Listed Bolton Sprint (1200m) and Listed Belmont Newmarket Quality (1200m) before strolling home to win the Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m) most notably on September 7th. Steadily building to the task in finishing sixth in the Roma Cup prior to the Belmont Sprint, Kalahaar is likely to receive the run of the race this weekend from barrier 2.
When We Were Kings ($11)
Finishing outside the places just once in three starts this preparation, When We Were Kings will leave from the central barrier 4 and offers punters exceptional value for money at $11 odds, or $4 to run a place. Unlucky to be blocked for a run and fourth in the Belmont Stakes last time out, the Mcflirt gelding has claimed a total of seven wins and seven places from just 24 competitive starts so-far, and is a leading contender for major sprint events throughout winter and spring. Having contested events over a mile more than both Elite Belle and Kalahaar, When We Were Kings is more than capable of an upset victory this weekend, particularly with regular jockey Shaun O’Donnell confirmed to retain the ride.
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