A talented and capacity field has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) at Doomben, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Kiwi raider Werther has been a standout performer over two talent-rich black type starts in Australia and has maintained status as clear $2.80 favourite in 2015 Queensland Derby betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au as a result.
Posting four wins and a further five minors over 12 career starts so far, Werther stamped his claims as one to watch over a standout spring preparation, highlighted by a credible third amongst notably company in the Spring Carnival Stakes (1200m) at Hastings.
Returning this time for success in the Aranui Harvesters maiden (1400m) on February 7th, the son of Lord Tavistock ran second in the Group 3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) on March 28th and booked a ticket to Australia when taking out the Group 2 Championship Stakes (2100m) three weeks later.
Running a close second to standout filly Delicacy in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) last weekend, Werther will take some beating in the 2015 Queensland Derby.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less-than $10 in 2015 Queensland Derby betting markets, punters have rallied around Master Of Arts and seen the three-year-old in to $5 odds from an initial $6; now registering as clear market mover.
Yet to finish outside the first three in five career starts, Master Of Arts finished second in the Winter & Taylor Isuzu BM70 (1700m) and won the Terminus Hotel Healesville Handicap (2000m) before making a competitive transition to black type racing when third in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) a fortnight ago.
Having savaged the line in his two most recent efforts, hall of fame jockey Glen Boss has been confirmed to take the ride on Master Of Arts, who will need some luck in running from barrier 13.
Upham and Sadler’s Lake have both experienced notable success in Brisbane this campaign and remain locked on the third line of Queensland Derby betting at generous $10 quotes.
Arguably the most consistent three-year-old this season, Upham finished second in each of the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) and Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) before taking out the Grand Prix Stakes last start.
Running fourth in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) at Randwick first-up on April 11th, Sadler’s Lake progressed to second amongst classy company in the Gallipoli BM70 (1600m) before taking out the Rough Habit Plate upon debuting north of the border.
Having since placed fifth in the Grand Prix Stakes, Sadler’s Lake is sure to be boosted by in-form hoop Blake Shinn.
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