Fourteen runners remain in contention for Saturday’s Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
The removal of leading contender Vezalay from proceedings earlier this week has meant Chris Waller-trained mare Winx has cut into outright favouritism in 2015 Theo Mark Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au at current $4 odds.
Winx stamped her claims as one to watch through an impressive 2014 Spring Carnival campaign; winning the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) before finishing second to First Seal in each of the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
Needing a couple of runs to find competitive condition in autumn, the daughter of Redoute’s Choice returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) before running a credible fifth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and second in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).
Waller’s decision to extend Winx’s preparation through the Brisbane Winter Carnival paid dividends when the mare posted consecutive wins in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m).
Vashka has so-far received the greatest share of attention in 2015 Theo Mark Stakes betting markets; cutting in from a quote of $6 to currently register as outright $4.80 second favourite and clear market mover.
Posting six wins and a further four minors through only 13 career starts so far, Vashka was a standout for Godolphin through summer; claiming five consecutive successes before returning to the paddock on January 3rd.
Returning in April for a solitary run, albeit unsuccessful in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m), the Exceed And Excel gelding returned this time for third in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from the performance.
Messene has returned to racing in competitive form this time and is sure to be given a gem of a ride from Tommy Berry from the ideal barrier 2.
Claiming nine wins and a further four minors through eighteen career starts so far, Messene boxed on for fifth in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) first-up before a close effort for third in the talent-rich Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) last time.
Strawberry Boy ($9) interestingly figures as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less than $10 for success in 2015 Theo Marks Stakes betting markets, while Group 1 winners Amanpour ($11) and Famous Seamus ($17) offer sensational value for money at double figure quotes.
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