Nine fillies and mares will step out in Saturday’s Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) at Warwick Farm and it is shaping as an open race from a betting perspective.
Bonny O’reilly will need to cross the field to take up the running from barrier 8, but the talented mare has attracted the lion’s share of attention from punters in our Breeders’ Classic market and at the time of publish, is the $ market mover.
Bonny O’reilly experienced something of a meteoric rise to prominence through the autumn and winter carnivals last year; posting three consecutive wins including the Listed Helen Coughlan Stakes (1200m), before finishing third in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) most notably.
The O’reilly mare resumed for another typically smart win in a 1200m race at Randwick in spring, but was sent to the paddock following three unplaced efforts amongst black type company.
The five-year-old’s first-up record is simply terrific and with the appropriate luck in running, will prove extremely difficult to run down in the Breeders’ Classic.
There has also been a steadily flow of support for race favourite Egyptian Symbol ($3.40) and the mare appears ready to peak third-up in the Breeders’ Classic.
A multiple black type winner, Egyptian Symbol resumed in December for a dominant win in the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) and relished five weeks between runs when she worked home well to finish third in the Magic Millions Snippets (1200m) on January 13th.
Jason Collett should be able to find a nice position just behind the pace from barrier 6 and the Stratum mare’s turn of foot could count for plenty in the late stages of the Breeders’ Classic.
One horse that warrants consideration in the Breeders’ Classic market is Faraway Town, who is offered a great opportunity to post a maiden black type win in the race and is currently available at genuine each-way odds ($7/$2.25).
Faraway Town has produced several quality performances and result since debuting for Matt Smith in 2015 and is Group 1-placed, having run on for third behind Yankee Rose in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in 2016.
Sent of a 7-1 shot in the Rebecca Louise BM85 (1200m) first-up this time, the daughter of Not A Single Doubt mustered a slick turn of foot in the final straight to post an impressive win.
She is sure to take wholesale improvement into this race and can take a position ust behind the pace from barrier 5.
The resuming Prompt Response ($5.50) could receive the run of the race from barrier 2, but may also require the run to find her best, while Memes ($8.50) will appreciate a step back in class from last weekend’s Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), as well as a return to firmer going.