One of the most exclusive societies in Australia brings us one of the most intriguing races on the Australian Derby Day program with the 2011 Carbine Club Stakes.
The $125,000 Group 3 race hasn’t received quite as much attention with online bookmakers as most of the other races with betting focused on a few key runners.
In fact throughout the entire field Luxbet.com can report that only four starters have budged from their initial quotes.
“All the action so far has been around Gai’s runner Needs Further,” Spokesman Paul Vincent said.
“He opened at $3.30 and went straight out to $4.40 but form there he’s had steady support into $4.20 and now $4.00.”
Needs Further has won both his races this year but it will be his first attempt at the 1600m distance.
The first of the other three to have had some early support from punters is Kudakulari which opened at $4.80 and is now into $4.60.
He won the Canberra Guineas last start in a great return to form after running last in the Victoria Derby in 2010.
Top rated runner Divorces has had the lightest of touches and moves from $4.50 into $4.40.
She’s done well in good company previous to this race placing in the Kewney Stakes behind Brazilian Pulse and Do Ra Mi.
At the other end of the field and the biggest mover is Song Shan from Anthony Cummings.
The form doesn’t look too impressive for this horse and that was reflected with an opening quote of $51.
Despite this the fixed price has dropped markedly down to $34 with some punters forecasting a change in luck for Cummings after a few weeks to forget.
The 2011 Carbine Club stakes will jump as Race #2 on the Australian Derby Day card at midday local time.