2014 Moonga Stakes Betting Preview and Tips

October 16th, 2014

A talented field of 14 has been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place winning wager.

Manawanui is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Moonga Stakes. Photo: Taron Clarke

Manawanui is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Moonga Stakes. Photo: Taron Clarke

Having returned to racing in scintillating form this year, Leebaz has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in Moonga Stakes betting markets, currently available at generous odds of $3.80 for success ahead of Manawanui ($5) and Generalife ($6.50) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Will Leebaz justify favouritism and win the 2014 Moonga Stakes, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?

1st

Manawanui ($5)

Having returned to racing in slick form this year after nearly a year in the paddock with a tendon injury, Manawanui has so far received the greatest share of bets for success in Moonga Stakes betting markets; cutting in from opening odds of $9.50 to register as clear $5 market mover. Securing an impressive total of seven wins and a further four minors from his nineteen competitive starts so far, the Oratorio gelding undoubtedly registered career-best form over the 2011 racing season; winning the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and progress to a second place finish in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m). Comfortably winning the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) first-up this time in, Manawanui has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Tye Angland and is a great chance of success this weekend.

2nd

River Lad ($16)

Confirmed to be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver, River Lad has returned to racing in slick form this year and arguably offers punters the best value for money in Moonga Stakes betting markets at current $16 for victory or $4.70 to run a place. Winning the SITA Australia Handicap (1200m) first-up on January 18th, the Top Echelon gelding finished second in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) on February 8th and returned in winter for seventh in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) and back-to-back race wins in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) and featured Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m); the latter his maiden at the highest level of racing. Having finished a credible fourth in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) first-up, all signs point towards a strong run from River Lad in the 2014 Moonga Stakes.

3rd

Leebaz ($3.80)

A standout performer for the Team Hawkes stables over autumn, Leebaz has finished outside the places just once in his ten race career so far, but may find it difficult to win the Moonga Stakes first-up this weekend amongst classy competition. Taking out a pair of minor events first-up in February and March, the Zabeel gelding finished second in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on April 5th and won the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m) before running a close second to champion mare  Streama in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).

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