2014 Bill Ritchie Handicap Betting Update

September 18th, 2014

A talented field of just seven runners has been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Rock Sturdy is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Bill Ritchie Handicap

Rock Sturdy is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Bill Ritchie Handicap. Photo: Steve Hart

Having returned to the track in good form this time in, classy stallion Rock Sturdy has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in Bill Ritchie Handicap betting markets, currently offered at odd of $2.60 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Securing an impressive total of three wins and four minor places from just nine starts to date, Rock Sturdy was a standout performer over his maiden racing preparation through the 2014 autumn; finishing outside the places just once in five starts, highlighted by a credible third in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on April 12th.

Returning to the track for second to Cluster in the Forum Group BM80 (1200m) on July19th, the Fastnet Rock entire claimed back-to-back wins in two minors before finishing a luckless fourth when blocked for a run in the TAB Rewards 3.y.o+ (1400m) on September 6th.

Allocated the wide barrier 7, trainer Joe Pride is confident in a return to the winner’s circle for Rock Study this weekend, who is well and truly worth consideration for a Bill Ritchie Handicap bet at current odds.

While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in Bill Ritchie Handicap betting markets, classy Gai Waterhouse-trained runner Pheidon arguably offered punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the Group 3, particularly having been allocated the ideal barrier 1 and confirmed to be partnered by premiership-winning jockey James McDonald.

A standout for Waterhouse over autumn, the Al Maher gelding won the Group 2 Alister Clarke Stakes (2040m) on March 14th, and while unlucky to be blocked for a run when sixth in the Group 2 Nathan Berry Tulloch Stakes (2000m), returned to slick form when second to Arabian Gold in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) on April 26th.

Unable to figure in the Group 2 Tramway Handicap first-up, Waterhouse is confident Pheidon will be far better for the competitive run and is expecting a polished performance in the Bill Ritchie Handicap.

Also yet to experience much attention in Bill Ritchie Handicap betting markets, Monton has maintained position as sole occupant of the third line of betting, currently available at $5.50 for success.

Claiming nine wins and seven minor places from a total of 50 competitive starts, Monton is without doubt the most experienced runner confirmed for the 2014 Bill Ritchie Handicap.

Running fifth in both the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) most notably over autumn, the Catbird gelding finished fourth in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up this time in and fifth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) last time out and is more than worth consideration for the Bill Ritchie Handicap at current odd.

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