Just thirteen runners remain in contention for this weekend’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
A standout performer in major staying events in his native Germany this year, classy international raider Protectionist has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Herbert Power Stakes betting markets and is currently available at odds of $4.40 for success, ahead of clear market mover Signoff ($5.50), Bonfire and Big Memory; currently sharing the third line of betting at generous $7 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Protectionist justify favouritism and take out his maiden Australian race, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Securing two race wins and a further seven minor places from just 12 competitive starts so far, Bonfire began his racing career abroad in Great Britain before transferring to the care of trainer Gai Waterhouse at the beginning of the year. Finishing second amongst classy competition in the Dooleys 3.y.o+ (1800m) first-up on August 16th, the Manduro gelding again finished just off the pace of Greatwood in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) on August 30th before placing a credible third in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) last time out. Allocated the ideal barrier 4, Bonfire has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey James McDonald on Saturday and is more than worth consideration for a Herbert Power Stakes bet.
Charged with carrying just 53kgs in the 2014 Herbert Power Stakes, classy British stayer Renew has been confirmed to target the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over his maiden Australian campaign and is a great chance of figuring in contention in this, his first-up appearance. Contesting a commendable record of three wins and a further four minor places from just 13 competitive starts so far, Renew is a proven performer over the distance of the Herbert Power Stakes having taken out the Listed Godolphin Stakes (2414m) at Britain’s Newmarket course most notably in late 2013. Quickly building to the task in finishing sixth in the Listed August Stakes (2336m) and third in the Conditions Stakes (2835m) so far this season, the Dansili gelding without doubt offers punters the best value for money at current $21 odds to win or $5.80 to run a place in the 2014 Herbert Power Stakes.
Masked Marvel ($34)
A notable performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival in finishing third in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and second in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) on his way to a Melbourne Cup berth, Masked Marvel is yet to hit peak condition over three starts this time in but is arguably offered his best chance of figuring in contention in the Herbert Power Stakes. Securing a total of four wins and three minor places from 21 competitive starts, the Montjeu entire is likely to settle in good position from barrier 12 and is required to carry just 53kgs on Saturday.
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