A less-than capacity field of 11 has been confirmed to line up for a tilt at the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse this weekend, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a successful wager.
Producing a sensational turn of foot to comfortably win the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) last weekend, Moriarty has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in betting markets for the 2014 Brisbane Cup, currently offered at $3.50 odds.
Claiming an impressive total of eleven wins and as many minor places from 43 competitive race starts, Moriarty has steadily built to the task over his four most-recent performances; claiming three consecutive fifth place finishes via the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m), Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) prior to last weekend’s triumph.
Allocated the slightly wide barrier 8, the Clodovil gelding has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Nash Rawiller and is an excellent chance of successfully backing-up in the Brisbane Cup.
A member of the in-form Team Hawkes Stable, Zephyron has already received notable attention from punters for success in the 2014 Brisbane Cup, who jumped all over an opening quote of more than $5 to currently sit on the second line of betting at $3.90.
Claiming five wins and two minor places from just 15 competitive race starts to date, Zephyron will be aiming to secure a third consecutive race victory in the 2014 Brisbane Cup, having comfortably won both the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) at Rosehill and Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben last time out.
Charged with overcoming the relatively wide and awkward barrier 10, the Zabeel gelding’s chances this weekend took a huge boost when veteran jockey Glen Boss was confirmed to retain the ride in the Brisbane Cup.
Currently sharing the third line of betting with Mr O’Ceirin for success in the 2014 Brisbane Cup, well-trialled veteran Precedence has returned to racing in typically great shape this time in, and was arguably the biggest winner of all leading chances at Wednesday’s barrier draw; allocated the ideal gate 3.
A mainstay in major Australian racing events in the first four years of his racing career, which included three tilts at the Melbourne Cup, Precedence has continued to produce impressive results over recent preparations; winning both the Group 2 International Cup (2500m) and Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) most notably over the 2013 spring.
Finishing third in the Hollindale Stakes and second in the Premier’s Cup, Precedence offers punters sensational value for money at $5 odds for success this weekend.
Returning to the track in great form this time in, Mr O’Ceirin is arguably offered his best chance of success in 2014 from the central barrier 6 in the Brisbane Cup.
Unlucky to finish second in both the Hollindale Stakes and Eagle Farm Cup, trainer Ciaron Maher is confident the step-up to 2400 will be the key to success for Mr O’Ceirin this weekend.
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