Just seven runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this time in, Godolphin import Contributer ($2.50) has understandably opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in 2015 Ranvet Stakes betting markets ahead of Tosen Stardom ($5), He’s Your Man, Silent Achiever and Lucia Valentina; all sharing the third line of betting at Ladbrokes.com.au at generous $5.50 odds.
Will Contributer continue his unbeaten run in 2015 through the Ranvet Stakes, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Lucia Valentina ($5.50)
Talented mare Lucia Valentina is a two-time Group 1 winner over the distance, has been charged with carrying just 59kgs and will leave from the ideal barrier 2 on Saturday, and is therefore more than worth consideration for a Ranvet Stakes bet at current $5.50 odds. Securing a total of five wins and four minor place finishes from her 16 starts so far, the Savabeel mare placed a credible fourth in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) following a luckless run in the final straight, and while unable to match the last pace in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) last time out, has never performed well second-up. Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Hugh Bowman, all signs seem to point towards a third Group 1 victory for Lucia Valentina this weekend.
Silent Achiever ($5.50)
A four-time Group 1 winner in her own right and defending Ranvet Stakes champion, Silent Achiever has steadily built to the task this time in and is sure to relish a step-up to 2000m this weekend. Posting an exceptional total of ten wins and a further six minors over 32 starts, the daughter of O’reilly ran a close third in the featured Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at the end of her 2014 spring campaign; running fifth in the Apollo Stakes first-up and fourth in the Chipping Norton last start. Punters have already rallied around Roger James’ stable star, who figures as clear market mover at her current quote after opening at $6 odds.
Contributer began his racing career aboard in Britain, under the care of Ed Dunlop before transferring to the care of John O’Shea prior to the Spring Carnival. Immediately stamping his claims as one to watch when taking out the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) on debut in October, the High Chaparral entire was unlucky to be blocked for a run and eighth in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), but has returned for success in each of the Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton this time. While clearly the formed horse of the Ranvet Stakes field, Contributer will have to carry a race-high 59kgs and may find the late going tough.
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