The 2018 Queen’s Plate champion, Wonder Gadot is targeting another big win after securing glory in Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race. The Mark E Casse trained three-year-old filly added her name to an illustrious list when scoring around Woodbine Racetrack over 1 ¼ mile.
She is now in a prime position to challenge for the big prize money, but connections are keeping their opinions open on what their next move will be. Many expect they’ll head to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup and bookmakers have her quoted near the head of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff market.
Scheduled to take place on Friday 2nd November at Churchill Downs, Kentucky the Distaff remains one of the more appealing contests on the schedule with nine furlongs set out in front of a highly talented field looking to cement their place as the best filly and mare of the season.
With an eye-popping 2m USD in prize money on the line, it’s little surprise Wonder Gadot owner Gary Barber is giving it careful consideration. Does he believe his runner is good enough to push for the winner’s cheque?
Traders certainly aren’t in a rush to put a line through her chances and backers will find no more than 12/1 available, courtesy of William Hill. If you intend to back Wonder Gadot that’s certainly a price you should snap at as most of the competition is stuck around the 8/1 mark.
Heading into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, punters will adopt many strategies in their quest to find the winner of the biggest and best races. Some stick with the recent form while others like to follow the trends.
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Putting your faith in a proven tipster such as Andy Holding at Oddschecker is another popular tactic, while more casual backers are happy to stick with a jockey, trainer or even just a name that leaps off the page at them.
Keeping a close eye on movements in the ante-post market often keeps backers on the right path and a glimpse at how the Distaff book is currently set-up shows Monomoy Girl will take all the beating.
She’s favourite with every major firm and, at the time of checking, there’s nothing better than Coral’s 9/4. The three-year-old chestnut travels on the back of a stunning run of form that saw her win the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park in June followed by a useful 1m 1f stakes around Saratoga just a few weeks later.