2017 Australia Stakes Odds and Betting Update

January 24th, 2017

Some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting prospects will return to racing in the 2017 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Black Heart Bart currently leads 2017 Australia Stakes betting markets. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Black Heart Bart currently leads 2017 Australia Stakes betting markets. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Darren Weir will saddle a strong hand in the feature race and it is multiple Group 1 champion Black Heart Bart who currently leads early 2017 Australia Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au at a quote of $3.40.

A former Perth galloper, Black Heart Bart has undoubtedly found career-best form since transferring to the care of Weir prior to his 2016 autumn preparation.

Immediately stamping himself as one to watch upon arriving on the east coast for second in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m), the Blackfriars gelding continued to impress through a standout campaign which also delivered a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).

Resuming in spring for a smart win in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), Black Heart Bart progressed to second to fellow Australia Stakes nomination Palentino in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) before returning to winning form in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

Finishing second to Winx in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) before a lacklustre run for ninth in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), the six-year-old has reportedly taken well to his time in the paddock and should prove extremely tough to beat first-up on Friday.

Malaguerra produced a number of exceptional performances in 2016 and is the sole occupant of the second line of Australia Stakes betting at a $3.60 quote.

Malaguerra was prepared by Lee and Anthony Freedman through autumn and winter last year, and the gelding broke through for his first Group 1 win in the BTC Cup (1200m) on May 14th.

Resuming in spring for second in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m), the Magnus gelding held on late to win the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) and was last seen fading for fifth in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on November 26th.

Arguably offering punters the best value for money in early 2017 Australia Stakes betting markets, Godolphin runner Chetwood appears primed to pick up where he left off in spring following a strong gallop at Moonee Valley on Monday.

Chetwood returned to racing for consecutive wins in a pair of Sydney sprints in spring, before winning each of the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1350m) and Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) by two lengths.

Palentino remains a fourth favourite in 2017 Australia Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au and is worth consideration at an $11 quote.