Ten three-year-olds have been confirmed in the card-opening Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) on the Gold Coast; offering punters exceptional value from a betting aspect and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Peter Moody was thrilled with Inauguration’s ($3) first-up performance a fortnight ago and the three-year-old has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in 2015 Gunsynd Classic betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Ulmann ($4.80), Worthy Cause and Gid Up Strop; currently sharing the third line at generous $5 odds.
Will Inauguration continue to build towards Queensland Derby favouritism with success in the Gunsynd Classic or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Inauguration displayed a keen turn of foot to finish third from the rear of the field in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m), has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Hugh Bowman and offers sensational value for money at current 2015 Gunsynd Classic odds of $3. Posting two wins and as many minor place finishes through seven career starts, the Authorized gelding stamped his claims as a serious Brisbane Carnival three-year-old over a summer preparation highlighted by wins in the November Maiden (1600m) and TAB.com.au BM65 (1900m). Allocated the ideal barrier 6, Inauguration will be very hard to beat in the Gunsynd Classic.
Having broken through for a maiden race victory in the Drummond Golf BM67 (1600m) last time out on April 8th, Invinzabeel will have to improve again if to compete amongst black type company in the Gunsynd Classic but appears more than capable. Unlucky to finish fourth on three occasions through summer and returning to the paddock for a brief spell after placing a close second to Good Project in the TAB Multi Plate (1600m) on January 17th, the I Am Invincible gelding ran second in the Best Price Auto Dismantler Maiden (1350m) in his only other start prior to his recent triumph. Blake Shinn has been booked for the ride and is sure to add to the three-year-old’s chances for success.
Upham carries winning form into the Gunsynd Classic and is a leading chance of finishing in the first three. Kept to a light debut campaign through spring, the Mastercraftsman gelding placed third in the Cellarbrations Plate (1400m) first-up this time and was able to overcome an early check to win the Lakes Podiatry Handicap (1600m) on April 9th. Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 4, Upham will be partnered by renowned hoop Kerrin McEvoy on Saturday.
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