A talented and capacity field has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
First Seal ($3.70) has maintained status as clear $3.70 favourite in 2015 Tramway Handicap betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Team Hawkes runner Messene ($7) and market mover Arabian Gold ($7.50)
Will First Seal return to racing for success in the 2015 Tramway Handicap or will one of her talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Lucia Valentina ($10)
Lucia Valentina returned to racing last spring with a barnstorming run of success in the Tramway Stakes, and while unable to make much of a competitive impact through the recent Autumn Carnival, flies fresh and figures as excellent value to win this weekend at $10 odds. A two-time Group 1 winner, the Savabeel mare progressed to success in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) following her 2014 Tramway Handicap win; running third in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) a fortnight later. While needing some luck from barrier 11, Lucia Valentina is sure to receive a gem of a ride from Brenton Avdulla.
First Seal ($3.70)
First Seal has finished outside the first three only twice through eleven career starts so far and is a leading chance to finish in the 2015 Tramway Stakes first three on Saturday. Winning the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) most notably through a standout 2014 Spring Carnival campaign, the Fastnet Rock mare returned this year for second in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m); progressing to success in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) before again placing second in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m). Having trialled well, trainer John Thompson is confident First Seal is ready for first-up success.
Sweynesse is one of potentially four Godolphin runners in the 2015 Tramway Handicap and offers exceptional value for money at current $12 odds for success or $3.80 to finish in the first three. A standout amongst his own age group as a three-year-old, the Lonhro entire returned this year for second in each of the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m); progressing to fourth in the Group 2 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) but failing to handle the heavy conditions of the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
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