Connaught Cup & Trillium Stakes Odds and Predictions

A fantastic weekend of racing at Woodbine comes to a close with two fantastic races in the form of the Grade 2 Connaught Cup and Grade 3 Trillium Stakes.

The Connaught Cup is one of Canada’s oldest races having first been run back in 1912. Hoping to add their name to the prestigious list of winners will be Bound For Nowhere. Trained by Wesley Ward, he will be looking for his first graded prize since winning the 2022 Highlander Stakes

In the Trillium Stakes, Souper Hoity Toity returns to the track following her narrow victory in the 2023 Belle Mahone Stakes just over a month ago.

Connaught Cup

Grade 2, 7 furlongs, Turf, open to horses three and older. Total prize pool: $175,000

Wesley Ward has trained numerous graded winners all over the world, but has never trained the winner of this race. He will be hoping to change that record with Bound For Nowhere. 

Now in the twilight of his career, he is winless in his last three starts with his last victory coming at Woodbine a little over a year ago in the 2022 Highlander Stakes. With some questioning whether he has lost of some of his trademark early speed, he heads into the race as one of the most intriguing horses in the contest.

Mark Casse is a master at Woodbine and trained the winner of this race last year. He arrives strong handed once more with Lucky Score looking to hold a great chance.

The winner of the 2023 Highlander Stakes, he has two wins from his last four starts and heads into the race bang in form.

The same could be said of Churchtown, who despite being winless in his last three starts, finished second in the 2023 Appleton Stakes and 2023 Opening Verse Stakes. He has had five starts at Woodbine and boasts an impressive 60% strike rate. 

Patrick Husbands simply loves riding winners around Woodbine and looks to be on board another contender, Dreams of Tomorrow

He finished behind Churchtown when finishing seventh in the Appleton, but then won his first race for new trainer Claude McGaughey back in Allowance company. A fourth place finish in the 2023 Poker Stakes offers some encouragemen, and he could be one to watch at a price. 

Dream Shake was a good winner last time out back in calmer waters. Having recently changed barns to Michael Stidham, he looks a different animal and could prove a threat to those at the top of the market. 

Martin Drexler saddles two in the contest with both Banff and Old Chestnut likely to start as double figure prices. 

Kazushi Kimura takes the ride on board Old Chestnut who will be looking to better the fourth place finish he achieved in the 2023 Highlander Stakes.

The outsiders of the race look to be War Bomber, Roaring Forties and Luckman. All are likely to start as double figure prices.

Connaught Cup Odds & Betting Pick

Bound For Nowhere could give us a blast from the past but looks to have plenty to prove. The alternative to the favorite, Lucky Score, could be the play following his victory in this year’s Highlander Stakes. 

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
BanffEswan Flores+1500
ChurchtownEmma-Jayne Wilson+500
Dream ShakeRafael Manuel Hernandez+800
Lucky ScoreSahin Civaci+350
War Bomber (IRE)Rico W. Walcott+2000
Dreams of TomorrowPatrick Husbands+800
LuckmanRyan Munger+2000
Bound for NowhereManuel Franco+160
Old ChestnutKazushi Kimura+1200
Roaring FortiesDeclan Carroll+2000

Trillium Stakes

Grade 3, 1 mile and a sixteenth, Dirt, open to fillies & mates three and older. Total prize pool: $150,000

Nine horses are due down to post for this year’s Trillium Stakes. In what looks like one of the most competitive races of the day, the betting looks set to be led by the Mark Casse trained Souper Hoity Toity.

An impressive mare, she has won six of her nine starts including a gritty win last time out in the 2023 Belle Mahone Stakes.   

Twice a graded winner, she will be looking to land another significant prize this weekend.

Ensuring that Souper Hoity Toity won’t have things all her own way will be the William Walden trained Kate’s Kingdom

Winless in her last four starts, she has a solid record at Woodbine with her last start at the track producing a win in the 2022 Ontario Matron Stakes. Although she has something to prove, her chances can’t be discounted. 

Rounding out the top three in the betting is likely to be Angelou. Representing one of Kevin Attard’s declared runners, he was a winner last time out in Allowance company. When it comes to graded form, she finished as a gutsy runner up in the 2022 Maple Leaf Stakes and that form marks her out as a contender here. 

Inventing is the second of Attard’s trained horses declared for the race. She looks to have a bit to find on the rest on the field but did win last time out back in calmer waters.

Il Malocchio has won two of his last three starts at Woodbine and clearly feels at home on Canadian soil. The winner of the 2022 Maple Leaf Stakes, she also won the 2022 La Prevoyante Stakes. Three defeats have subsequently followed but a return to Woodbine could see her bounce back to form. 

Valentina Day will be having her first ever start at Woodbine and arrives in Canada having tasted defeat in her last three outings. She has struggled in lower company than this and looks to have plenty to prove.

The same could be said of both Saratoga Vision and Sister Seagull who filled the last two spots last time out in the Belle Mahone stakes which was won by the reopposing Souper Hoity Toity. 

Batyah will be having his first graded start in almost over two years but was a winner last time out in Allowance company. Heading into the race in recent form, she could be a player at a big price. 

Trillium Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

Souper Hoity Toity looks to be the class angle of the race and could take all of the stopping in this year’s Trillium Stakes. One to keep an eye on at a price could be Il Malocchio who has decent graded form at the track. 

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
Valentina DayEmma-Jayne Wilson+1000
AngelouLuis Contreras+400
Sister SeagullRafael Manuel Hernandez+2000
Saratoga VisionDaisuke Fukumoto+2000
Il MalocchioSahin Civaci+600
Souper Hoity ToityPatrick Husbands+200
BatyahKazushi Kimura+1500
Kate’s KingdomManuel Franco+300
InventingLuis Contreras+800

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