Befred Sprint Cup antepost favourite Ortensia (9/4 with bet365) could be set for the Breeder’s Cup in America later this year if she comes through this weekend’s big race without any problems.
The recent winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes at York is expected to be the one to beat at Haydock on Saturday and the Australian star is the short-priced favourite ahead of Bated Breath (10/3), Mayson and Strong Suit (both 7/1) in the early betting.
Ortensia will pass up the opportunity to go for the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day but trainer Paul Messara says the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in November is a possibility.
He told Sporting Life: “This will be her last run in Europe, she won’t run again over here. There is a possibility that we will give some consideration to the Breeders’ Cup race.
“But we’ll just have to see how she comes out of this race first.”
Other contenders for Saturday’s Betfred Sprint include Society Rock (10/1) and Hitchens (14/1), while Genki is a lively outsider to some at 40/1 in the antepost odds.
Tags: Bated Breath, Breeders' Cup Turf betting, Genki, Hitchens, horse race odds, horse racing betting, Mayson, Ortensia, Society Rock, Strong Suit
International Racing | Horse Racing Betting News | September 5, 2012 17:23 |
Trainer Rick Hore-Lacy has won the Australian Guineas twice in the last two decades and knows what it takes to have the ammunition to win at the top level. In the talented Toorak Toff, he believes he has a horse more than capable of adding to his haul by upsetting the horse racing betting odds by picking up other major prizes in the months ahead.
Hore-Lacy first landed the Australian Guineas with Kenny’s Best Pal back in 1993, and followed up nine years later with Dash For Cash (2002). Toorak Toff has already proved himself at Group 1 level when winning the Toohey’s New Golden Rose at Rosehill at the end of August (beating Squamosa and Ilovethis city in a head bobbing finish under Damien Oliver) and has subsequently twice run with credit at Caulfield, including when fourth to Anacheeva in the Group 1 The Age Caulfield Guineas.
Coming back off a two month spelling break, the son of Show A hand has been training well ahead of his reappearance run over just 1000m in the Red Tempo Handicap a week on Saturday at Flemington (a track he will tackle for the first time in his 11 race career), before heading for the Group 3 Standish Handicap over 1200m on New Year’s Day at the same venue. Hore-Lacy expects those two runs to put his charge spot on for a serious challenge for the $1million Magic Millions Guineas run on the Gold Coast a fortnight later.
Toorak Toff is set to be partnered by Craig Newitt, who replaces Damien Oliver, and having worked nicely over 1000m at Caulfield last weekend, confidence seems high amongst connections that the three-year-old has returned to the peak form shown when winning the Golden Rose four months ago, so bear this in mind when making your next sportsbet.