New South Wales jockeys are expected to do what their Rugby League counterparts could not and make a winning start to the 2016 Origin Series, which kicks off this Saturday at Eagle Farm.
UBET has installed the Blues as $2.70 favourites for Week 1 honours, ahead of cross-Tasman raiders New Zealand at $3.20, arch-rivals Queensland at $4.00 and South Australia at $5.50.
Victoria at $13 and Western Australia $51 are both considered outside chances.
“Of all the Origin Jockey Series hoops, the ‘Blues Brothers’, Tim Clark and Michael Rodd, look to have the pick of the rides,” said UBET spokesperson Nick Curry.
“Clark is on the $6.50 third-elect Madame De Ban in the first leg and the $4.60 favourite, Fiery Heights, the second, while Rodd has the sit on last start winner Arki, which is well in the Race 5 market at $10, and the always consistent In His Stride, a $7.50 chance in Race 6.”
“New Zealand could definitely challenge them though; Michael Walker is world-class and no-one knows the Eagle Farm track better than Damian Browne.”
Proudly presented by UBET, the Origin Jockey Series brings the best jockeys in the country and beyond to the Sunshine State for a mate-against-mate, state-against-state showdown.
Melbourne Cup-winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy will race in South Australian colours this weekend against the likes of Brad Rawiller from Victoria and leading Queenslanders Jim Byrne and James Orman.
After 12-months of success overseas, Singapore-based Rodd is also coming home to don the sky blue, while Walker and Browne will wear the familiar all black silks of their homeland.
The series will be run at Eagle Farm (10 December 2016), Doomben (Christmas Eve 2016) and the Gold Coast (7 January 2017) during the high-profile Queensland Summer Racing Carnival, with two races at each of the three meetings to be Jockey Series races.