2014 RA Lee Stakes Betting Update

May 8th, 2014

A classy field of 15 has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) at South Australia’s Morphettville Racecourse this weekend, offering punters exceptional value and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Rhythm To Spare is outright favourite in betting markets to claim the 2014 RA Lee Stakes

Rhythm To Spare is outright favourite in betting markets to claim the 2014 RA Lee Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having steadily built to the task over four race starts this season, Rhythm To Spare has received huge support from punters in the first 24 hours of betting, who jumped all over an opening quote of more than $5 to register the four-year-old as outright $3.60 favourite and clear market mover.

Claiming five wins and four places from just 15 competitive starts to date, Rhythm To Spare is a proven performer in autumn and winter events; claiming each of his first two starts in 2013 and running a close second in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) before finishing an unlucky fourth when blocked for a run in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

Finishing eighth in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 22nd this season, the Pins gelding was unable to match the late pace of the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m), but returned to peak condition when claiming the Peter Armytage Handicap (1610m) last time out.

While allocated the wide and awkward barrier 15, Rhythm To Spare’s chances of success in the 2014 RA Lee Stakes took a huge boost when confirmed to be partnered by champion Damien Oliver this weekend.

A Morphettville local, Maybe Discreet is yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of support in betting markets for success in the RA Lee Stakes, but is still featuring as sole occupant of the second line of betting at current $5.50 odds.

The winner of five events of 16 starts and placing in a further four, Maybe Discreet has quickly built to the task this time in; unlucky to finish sixth when blocked for a run in the Listed Matrice Stakes (1200m) first-up before strolling home to win the Listed City Of Adelaide Handicap (1400m) last time out.

Allocated the ideal barrier 6 for the 2014 RA Lee Stakes, the Shamardal mare arguably offers punters the best value for money to continue her strong run of form this weekend, particularly in offering $2.30 for a place.

Arguably returning to the track in peak condition over 10 competitive starts this season alone, Gig will have to overcome the slightly awkward barrier 12 is to continue her strong run of form through the RA Lee Stakes this weekend, and is offered as clear third favourite at current $6.50 odds.

Unlucky to finish sixth in the fanning finish of the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 21st, the Commands mare has continued to build in class in finishing second in both the Maidstone Maiden (1400m) and Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) before running on from the rear of the field to finish sixth in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) last time out.

Likely to return to the spelling paddock following the RA Lee Stakes, trainer Shawn Mathrick is confident Gig will go out in style this weekend.

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