Kennedy Road Stakes Odds, Betting Picks & Preview

Saturday sees the highlight of the card at Woodbine features the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes over 6 furlongs with a purse of $175,000 up for grabs. All the noise is centered around the Robert Tiller-trained Patches O’Houlihan who is going for seven straight after securing the 2023 Grade 3 Vigil Stakes last time.Check here the 2023 Kennedy Road Stakes Odds, Betting Picks & Preview!

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Kennedy Road Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $175,000 – 6 furlongs – Synthetic – 3-Year-Old and Up

Patches O’Houlihan who is seeking a seventh straight win and eighth in nine career starts, broke the maiden tag first time when taking a $40k Maiden Option Claimer and has not looked back since, with his only defeat coming second time when tackling stakes company.

He has remained unbeaten since, improving with every run. He secured his first graded stakes victory in the 2023 Grade 3 Bold Venture Stakes before doubling that tally last time in the Grade 3 Vigil Stakes over the same track and distance he faces today.

Rockcrest looks to be one of his biggest rivals and was beaten just half a length in fourth in the Vigil. He ran game on the speed that day and has an even better gate post today. He set strong fractions, and if able to just reserve a little for late on, he is a danger.

He stepped up the class ladder two back when again trying to go from the front in the 2023 Nearctic Stakes here at Woodbine, eventually finishing sixth, beaten just half a length. That run came on yielding turf but his best form has been on this surface.

Dream Shake from the Michael Stidham barn has to be of interest. He won the 2023 Grade Connaught Cup Stakes so is well-placed here in terms of class level.

That run came over seven furlongs, and this cutback by a furlong is not a big disadvantage as he has a great draw in three and should be able to adopt a stalking position.

He closed late over this distance when beaten just a neck in the Nearctic last time and is another dangerous foe to the chalk.

For those who like to play the exotics, then Ice Chocolat who has performed well at the top table on numerous occasions has to be of interest. He ran well when beaten just three lengths in the 2023 Grade 1 Jaipur Stakes and again ran well when being beaten just a length and a quarter in the 2023 Grade 1 FourStarDave Stakes.

He’ll be closing late and looks a nice play for exotic players.

2023 Kennedy Road Stakes Odds & Racing Picks

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
Jazz HandsShane Ellis+2000
Flag Of Honour (AUS)Kazushi Kimura+1000
Dream ShakeRafael Manuel Hernandez+600
War Bomber (IRE)Juan Crawford+800
Maclean’s PossePatrick Husbands+1500
Sky’s Not FallingJose Luis Campos+2000
RockcrestJason Hoyte+1200
IronstoneRyan Munger+1500
Patches O’HoulihanDaisuke Fukumoto+160
Ice Chocolat (BRZ)Sahin Civaci+300

Patches O’Houlihan deserves to be the chalk here but he may be facing a better class of foe today and may have to make do with a spot underneath.

The selection is ICE CHOCOLAT who should get a good race set up with Rockcrest setting a strong pace and can pounce late.

Rockcrest and Dream Shake should be in the thick of the action and can be fighting for a slice underneath.

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