A talented field of just 13 runners remain in contention for Saturday’s Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) at Ascot Racecourse following the removal of leading contender Balmont Girl, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this season, talented mare Elite Belle has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2014 C.B. Cox Stakes betting markets, currently available at odds of $2.80 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing nine race wins and as many minor places from just 24 competitive appearances on course so far, Elite Belle returned to racing in scintillating form over a short autumn preparation; running second in the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) first-up and returning to the paddock after taking out each of the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m).
Charging home to win the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) first-up this time, the Canny Lad mare was unlucky to be blocked for a run and fourth in the Group 2 Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 8th, but responded in the best way possible in breaking through for a maiden Group 1 victory in the Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 22nd.
Having placed a credible third in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last time out, punters may find value in adding Elite Belle as a selection in a C.B. Cox Stakes quinella or trifecta bet, as the six-year-old is yet to win a race beyond 1800m.
While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in C.B. Cox Stakes betting markets, Bass Strait is a proven performer over the distance, will leave from the ideal barrier 2 and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current $4 odds for success.
Beginning his racing career under the guidance of leading east coast trainer David Hayes before being purchased and transferred to Neville Parnham’s Ascot stables, Bass Strait has claimed four wins and as many minor places from a total of 27 competitive appearances on course to date.
Placing a credible fifth in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) in what was his maiden Perth appearance on November 1st, son of Holy Roman Emperor charged home to win the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) on November 15th before running sixth in both the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic most recently.
The winner of the 2013 edition of the C.B. Cox Stakes, Ihtsahymn is yet to find peak condition this time in, but is sure to relish the step-up to 2100m this weekend.
Charged with carrying just 58kgs, the Ihtiram gelding is sure to settle in prime position from barrier 6 and has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Steven Parnham in the 2014 C.B. Cox Stakes.
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