Ball Of Muscle Clear Favourite for 2014 Sprint at Randwick

December 11th, 2014

A talented field of just ten runners has been confirmed for Saturday’s TAB Rewards Plate (1000m) at Randwick Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Miniature figures as outright second favourite for success in the 2014 TAB Rewards Plate. Photo: Steve Hart

Miniature figures as outright second favourite for success in the 2014 TAB Rewards Plate. Photo: Steve Hart

Having returned to racing in exceptional form this season, talented sprinter Ball Of Muscle has opened as and maintained status as clear TAB Rewards Plate favourite, currently offered at a quote of $1.80 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Yet to finish outside the places over his seven start career, Ball Of Muscle more than announced his racing arrival over an impressive autumn and winter preparation this year; taking out back-to-back victories in minor events over 900m and 1100m respectively before a luckless run for third in the Eric Kyme 3.y.o (1200m) on June 14th.

Returning to the paddock after taking out a Canterbury sprint event over 1200m, the Dubawi gelding charged home to win the Ranvet 3.y.o+ (1000m) first-up this time on November 8th and will be particularly hard to beat at Randwick this weekend,.

Cutting in from an opening quote of $4.20 to currently register as clear $4 market mover and second favourite, Miniature is yet to appear on course in summer but carries strong form as a result of two barrier trials in recent weeks.

A standout for Godolphin over a short autumn preparation, the Exceed And Excel mare placed third in the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) first-up, and while unlucky to be squeezed out in the final straight and sixth in the Group 3 JHB Carr Open (1400m), returned to impressive form when finishing second to Srikandi in the Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) on May 17th.

Allocated the outside barrier, punters may find value in adding Miniature as a selection in a TAB Rewards Plate quinella or trifecta bet.

Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at odds of less-than $10 in TAB Rewards Plate betting fields, Holder Sunset will leave from the ideal barrier 2, has been charged with carrying just 54.5kgs and is more than worth consideration for a bet at generous $7 odds.

Also performing well in two barrier trials in the lead-up to her racing return, Holder Sunset arguably found career-best form over autumn and winter this year; running second to Atmospherical in a minor over 1100m first-up and continued to impress on her way to a standout three lengths victory in the Drummond Golf FM (1000m) on June 9th.

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