Abduction, a three year old filly for Godolphin trained by John O’Shea, has clearly been the biggest go across the nine races for Derby Day at Flemington this Saturday. She ran fourth over the mile at Randwick last time out, the same race which Kirramosa used 12 months to salute in the Wakeful and then in the Oaks.
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Look down below, thanks to Sportsbet.com.au, to see the market moves for her as well as other key runners on what should be a great day of racing at Flemington.
Former kiwi filly Azkadellia, who has had two runs in Australia for Ciaron Maher, has been well backed to win the Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) after being desperately unlucky last time out at Caulfield. She is the clear top pick in betting, while another firmer has been the kiwi visitor Our Vespa, who got no luck in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
Key Market Mover: Azkadellia ($3.00-$2.80-$3.00)
As we said above, Abduction has been smashed to win here, and in the Oaks five days later after an unlucky fourth last time out at Randwick. The winner of that race, Muscovado, also runs here, as does the third place getter Candelara.
Fontein Ruby opened favourite at $3.50, got out to as much as $4.20, but has since firmed into $3.90. Fenway, another prominent filly in the race, opened $4.20, firmed into $4, but is now at $4.40 with the support for Abduction.
Key Market Mover: Abduction ($4.50-$3.50)
This race has always been a popular one with punters and that is indeed the case again in 2014, with a host of firmers, including Generalife ($7-$6), Hucklebuck ($2.50-$2.70-$2.50-$2.60), Velrosso ($19-$15) and Woodbine ($7-$8.50-$7).
Key Market Mover: Hucklebuck ($2.50-$2.70-$2.50-$2.60)
Win and you get into the Melbourne Cup, so obviously there has been plenty of activity here, with the main firmer being La Amistad, who has been $10 into $8. Signoff has been a solid favourite since the market opened, and has been backed to win the Melbourne Cup also.
Lord Van Percy has also been supported, firming to as low as $7 from $9, but has eased out half a point to $7.50.
Key Market Mover: La Amistad ($10-$8) and Signoff ($2.60, hasn’t moved)
Melbourne gets to see boom Sydney sprinter Deep Field for the first time, and they want to see him, with the Team Hawkes runner firming into $1.50 from $1.55. Bel Sprinter has been $31 into $18, while In Cahoots has been $13 from $17, but the big money is for the favourite, and he is sure to be the anchor in almost every exotic this weekend.
Driefontein was $26 to as low as $18, but has eased out to $21.
Key Market Mover: Deep Field ($1.55-$1.50)