The Group 3 3YO Spring Stakes (1600m) has brought together a quality field of 14 runners set to do battle at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
The $250,000 in prizemoney has attracted a strong contingent from some of Sydney’s leading stables, with the Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott barns combining for five of the 14 three-year-olds engaged.
Invincible Spy has opened as a +300 favourite with top betting sites as the Waterhouse & Bott-trained colt seeks a third-straight win since debuting at this course on October 17.
After a lacklustre performance in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day, Influential makes his return to Sydney for the Waller stable.
Prior to that misstep, the son of The Autumn Sun was a dominant winner in maiden company at Kembla Grange on October 21.
It seems punters want to take the chance on Influential recapturing that form heading into Saturday, as he shares the second line of betting at +550.
Sharing that quote is the Gary Portelli-trained Kintyre, who arguably comes through the elite form-lines as he drops back in trip after contesting the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
Until Valhalla (+600) proved too strong second-up at Randwick’s Kensington track on November 1, leading for the duration of the 1400m journey.
Meanwhile, Just In Time leads the chances among the fillies and has been the early mover, coming from +700 into +550.
The 2023 3YO Spring Stakes will kick off the quaddie at Newcastle on Saturday and is set to get underway at 4:05pm AEDT.
3YO Spring Stakes 2023 field