Eleven runners have been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in typically strong form this season, Team Hawkes-trained Ninth Legion has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Ajax Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, currently available at a generous quote of $4.60 for success.
Posting a commendable race record of six wins and seven minor place finishes over his 28 career starts so far, Ninth Legion returned for consecutive third-place finishes in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) in spring; placing a credible fourth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) on October 4th.
Returning for success in the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) this year on January 24th, the Fastnet Rock gelding placed second to Weary in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) before a luckless run for seventh when blocked for a run late in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) last time out.
Queensland raider Rudy has been set on a course to the 2015 Doncaster Mile (1600m) this time in, and arguably offers punters the best value for success in 2015 Ajax Stakes betting markets at current $5.50 odds.
The stable star for Gold Coast-based trainer Helen Page, Rudy returned to racing in arguably career-best form over late spring and summer; placing second in each of the Qantac Handicap (1200m) and Padua College Handicap (1350m) before charging home to take out the Listed Recognition Stakes (1630m) on November 29th.
Earning a trip to Sydney for the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in December, the son of Red Dazzler gelding appeared out of contention when rounding onto the final straight at Randwick but displayed an exceptional turn of foot to hit the line half a length in the clear of I’m Imposing; gaining ballot-free entry to the Doncaster Mile.
Having placed second in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) first-up a fortnight ago, all signs point towards another impressive performance from Rudy in the Ajax Stakes.
Red Excitement is yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in 2015 Ajax Stakes betting markets, but has maintained status as sole occupant of the third line at a quote of $6.
Returning to racing in slick condition this time, Red Excitement jogged home to win each of the Drummond Golf Handicap (1400m) and Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m), but was unable to match the late pace when eighth in the Liverpool City Cup last time out.
Yet to perform to a high standard at Group level this year, punters may find value in adding Red Excitement as a selection in an Ajax Stakes trifecta or quinella bet.
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