Just 13 runners remain in contention for Saturday’s featured Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) at Ascot Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in career-best form this season, Elite Belle ($2.80) has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in C.B. Cox Stakes betting markets ahead of Bass Strait ($4.40), Ihtsahymn ($6.50) and Mr Moet ($8) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Elite Belle cap her preparation in the best way possible with C.B. Cox Stakes success, or will one of her classy rivals find the line in the clear on Saturday?
Bass Strait ($4.40)
Claiming four wins and a four minor over his 27 start career so far, Bass Strait has found strong and consistent form since joining the Perth stables of Neville Parnham this time around and is more than worth consideration for a C.B. Cox Stakes bet at current $4.40 odds for success. Beginning his racing tenure under the guidance of notable east coast trainer David Hayes, the Holy Roman Emperor gelding was unable to make much of an impact over three Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival starts upon returning to the track this time, but followed up a credible sixth place finish in his Perth debut in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) with an impressive victory in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) on November 15th. Having since placed sixth in each of the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), Bass Strait will relish the step-up to 2100m, will be partnered by regular and in-form jockey Chris Parnham and will leave from the ideal barrier 2.
Chester Road ($13)
While yet to find peak condition over two starts this time in, Chester Road will also benefit from a step-up to 2100m in the 2014 C.B. Cox Stakes and arguably offers punters the best value for money at generous $13 for success or $3.70 to figure in the top three. Securing eight race wins and a further seven minor places from his 23 competitive starts to date, the Tiger Hill gelding spent nearly two years in the paddock nursing a tendon injury leading into his current preparation, but has reportedly worked exceptionally well in the lead-up to the C.B. Cox Stakes.
Elite Belle ($2.80)
Breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level this time in, Elite Belle is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 4 in the C.B. Cox Stakes but is yet to claim a race win beyond an 1800m running distance. Claiming eight wins and a further seven minor places over 23 competitive starts so far, the Canny Lad mare charged home to win the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) first-up on October 25th, and while luckless when blocked for a run late and fourth in the Group 2 Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 8th, responded in the best way possible when taking out the Group 1 Railway Stakes two weeks later. Having progressed to third in the Kingston Town Classic most recently, Elite Belle’s class is sure to count for a lot in the 2014 C.B. Cox Stakes.
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