A talented field of 16 plus two emergencies has been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) on day 1 of The Championships, offering punters particularly healthy odds and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Yet to finish outside the places in three race starts this preparation, talented three-year-old Lady Cumquat is currently featured as outright $5.50 favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Adrian Knox Stakes.
Aiming for victory in her first race start in Australian soil this weekend, Lady Cumquat burst onto the New Zealand racing scene with a strong turn of foot to finish third in the Tribute To Sir Lunchalot Maiden (1200m) on September 2013, building towards an impressive maiden win in the Mills Reef Winery & Rest Maiden (1600m) to close her strong first-up season.
Returning to the track in competitive form this time in, the exciting Duke Of Marmalade filly finished second in the Eye Institute Maiden (1400m) first-up before finishing third in the Lindsey Mile Open (1600m) on March 1st.
Sprinting well in the final straight, Lady Cumquat will carry winning form into the 2014 Adrian Knox Stakes after claiming the Group 3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) last time out; her maiden tilt at a Group level event.
Arguably hitting career best form in her current preparation, Amanpour is currently sole occupant of the second line of betting for the 2014 Adrian Knox Stakes at $6 odds.
Finishing second amongst classy company in the TAB Number 1 Club Plate (1100m) on debut in June, the Northern Meteor filly is building towards a hopeful appearance in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on April 19th, but will have to win convincingly this weekend if any chance of figuring.
Scoring two wins and two seconds form six starts this time in, Amanpour will leave from barrier 9 this weekend and will be partnered by jockey Tommy Berry.
Allocated the ideal central barrier 10 for this weekend’s Group 3, Arabian Gold offers punters sensational value for money at current $7 odds for success in the 2014 Adrian Knox Stakes this weekend.
Electing to only contest Group level races so far this preparation, Arabian Gold is yet to reach peak form, however did return with an impressive run for fifth in the well-contested Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 22nd.
Having also been included in nominations for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on the same Randwick race card, trainer David Vandyke is confident Arabian Gold’s recent experience will go a long way towards success in the Adrian Knox this weekend.
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