There will be four Group 1’s to be decided at Flemington tomorrow and trainer John O’Shea is favourite to have the wood on arch-rival Chris Waller.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has posted O’Shea as a $1.30 favourite to win more majors than Waller ($3.40). O’Shea should start the battle with a win as his star colt is Exosphere is $1.40 favourite to salute in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. He also saddles Mackinnon Stakes favourite Magic Hurricane ($6.50).
It is not surprising that O’Shea’s stable rider, James McDonald, heads betting in the battle of the jockeys. McDonald is $4.50 favourite, ahead of Cox Plate winning rider Hugh Bowman ($7.00) to win the most, of the nine Group races on a massive day of racing.
Smart colt Tarzino heads Derby betting at $2.50. The three-year-old colts are $1.30 favourite to win the Derby, with any gelding paying $3.40.
“Waller has been dominating the big races, but John O’Shea has a great chance to grab some of the limelight on Saturday. Exosphere should get him off to a good start and he has live chances in the three other Group 1’s,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Hawes.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
O’Shea v Waller
$1.30 John O’Shea
$3.40 Chris Waller
Waller v Weir
Group 1 winners on Derby Day
$3.60 James McDonald
$7.50 Craig Newitt
$8.50 Hugh Bowman
$10 Craig Williams
$11 Damien Oliver, Opie Bosson, Dwayne Dunn