2015 Epona Stakes Odds and Betting Update

March 19th, 2015

A talented field of 11 has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Rising Romance is clear favourite in 2015 Epona Stakes betting markets. Photo: Steve Hart

Rising Romance is clear favourite in 2015 Epona Stakes betting markets. Photo: Steve Hart

Rising Romance was a standout performer over the entire 2014 Australian racing calendar and as a result has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in 2015 Epona Stakes betting markets, currently available at a quote of $1.80 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Posting five wins and a further six minor place finishes over her 17 competitive starts to date, Rising Romance finished second to Puccini in both the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) in early 2014; crossing the ditch for fourth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and success in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).

Returning in spring for fourth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m), the Ekraar mare quickly built to the task in running second in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) before again finishing a close second to Japanese sensation Admire Rakti in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th.

Having placed a close second in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) on March 7th, Rising Romance will leave from the ideal barrier 2 with James McDonald aboard this weekend.

Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at odds of less-than $10 in 2015 Epona Stakes betting markets, Telepathic has transferred to the care of Chris Waller for the Autumn Carnival and is more than worth consideration at a quote of $5.50 this weekend.

Securing four wins and as many minor place finishes from her 13 competitive starts so far, the Mossman mare won the Crown Castle BM85 (1400m) first-up on February 14th before placing a credible fourth amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) a fortnight ago.

Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 5, veteran jockey Glen Boss has been booked for the ride on Telepathic in the Epona Stakes.

While neither are yet to attract much interest from punters in 2015 Epona Stakes betting markets, Role Model and Entertains currently share the third line at a quote of $11 each.

Finding competitive form over four starts this time in, Role Model placed fifth in the Aspiration Quality most recently and will carry just 54kgs in the Epona Stakes.

Entertains arguably offers punters the best value for money in 2015 Epona Stakes betting markets after been confirmed to be partnered by leading international jockey William Buick.

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