2014 W.J. Healy Stakes Betting Preview and Tips

June 20th, 2014

A talented field of just 10 runners have been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm this weekend, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Cape Kidnappers is a leading chance for success in the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes

Cape Kidnappers is a leading chance for success in the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello

Having returned to the track in good form this year, exciting mare Bennetta has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes, currently offered at a quote of $3.70, ahead of Cape Kidnappers ($4), Big Money ($5.50) and clear market mover Seeking More, who has been cut in from an opening quote of more than $10 to current sit at generous $8 odds.

Will Bennetta justify favouritism and win the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes, or will one of her talented rivals find the line in the clear?

1st

Cape Kidnappers ($4)

Aiming for a third consecutive race win when lining up for the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes, Cape Kidnappers offers punters great value at current $4 odds for success, particularly with regular jockey Damien Browne confirmed to retain the ride. Claiming an impressive total of nine wins and three places from just 13 competitive race starts so far, Cape Kidnappers has returned to racing in typically scintillating form this season, unlucky to finish seventh when blocked for a run in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1110m) first-up before claiming back-to-back victories in the Listed Chief De Beers Quality (1110m) and Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) most recently. Allocated the ideal barrier 6, all signs seem to point towards another Cape Kidnappers victory this weekend.

2nd

Bennetta ($3.70)

Charged with overcoming the slightly wide barrier 8, Bennetta’s chances of returning to the winner’s circle this weekend took a huge boost when in-form hoop Tommy Berry was confirmed to return from a riding contract in Hong Kong to take the ride in the W.J. Healy Stakes. Finishing third amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) last time out, the General Nediym mare was unlucky to be blocked for a run when sixth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 26th, but returned to competitive form when running on for third in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) last time out. While more than capable of winning the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes, Bennetta’s recent form arguably warrants another finish in the minor places this weekend.

3rd

Howmuchdoyouloveme ($10)

While unable to figure in the Lightning Handicap on June 7th, trainer Con Karakatsanis is confident classy gelding Howmuchdoyouloveme will be far-greater for the first-up appearance and is expecting a polished performance in the W.J. Healy Stakes. A proven performer in events over the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the son of Written Tycoon won both the 2013 editions of the Lightning Handicap and W.J. Healy Stakes. Allocated the ideal barrier 3, Howmuchdoyouloveme has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Nash Rawiller, and is more than worth at wager at current $10 odds for success, or $3 to run a place.

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