Punters get run of perfect racing
STRAP yourselves in punters – it’s the best time of the year.
Well it might not be for the rest of Australia but punters it is at least.
It started with The Everest last weekend and continues with the Caulfield Cup this weekend. And then the Manikato Stakes, Cox Plate, Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day and Emirates Stakes Day. Throw in the Geelong Cup as well it is a lot to look forward to next 22 days.
If this list doesn’t get the blood pumping there’s something wrong!
The Caulfield Cup has had its fair share of drama this week.
First favourite Admire Deus broke down on Tuesday and then there’s still a cloud around whether one-time race favourite Bonneval will even start (at least there was when this column was penned yesterday).
Bonneval found to be one out of five lame on Wednesday by Racing Victoria vets but her trainer Murray Baker insists the horse is fine. Time will tell whether she will be there tomorrow.
IF anything, these two unfortunate Caulfield Cup situations prove just how cruel all-in betting can be.
One punter had $30,000 on Admire Deus on Monday night and the next morning that big bet was confetti when the horse unfortunately suffered a severe suspensory ligament injury to his nearside foreleg during trackwork at Warrnambool.
Those who backed Bonneval at $6 or $7 in early Caulfield Cup markets will just be hoping she is cleared to start. You can get $8 about the mare right now and that’s with money back if she is scratched. THE Caulfield and Melbourne Cup may have lost one of its major draw cards this year in Admire Deus but there’s still plenty of intrigue as usual.
By all reports the Englishtrained galloper Marmelo has settled in really well and I’m particularly interested to see what he can produce in the Caulfield Cup from a Melbourne perspective. He won Prix Kergorlay in France last start, a race won by Americain (2010) and Protectionist (2014) before claiming the Melbourne Cup later that year. The picture will become a little clearer after this weekend but there’s always the influx of raiders contesting race that stops the nation without a lead up run in Australia first.
It’s been proven time and time again just how hard it is to win the Melbourne Cup without a lead up run in Australia first but yet many international runners persist with this method.
ON Admire Deus, let’s just hope he makes a full recovery and enjoys life in paddock somewhere even if his racing days are over as may well be the case. No one likes to see any horse injured, particularly one of the nature the Japanese galloper suffered.
THE spotlight will be on Caulfield tomorrow but there is still a handy card in Sydney all the same, headlined by the Nivison and Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick. I’m with Diddums Albumin in the two features respectively, while I feel Kaonic is best bet and Shazee Lee the roughie on the Randwick program. Good luck punters! May it be a winning day.
English raider Marmelo’s Caulfield Cup performance will be a good indicator for the Melbourne Cup.