A classy and capacity field has been confirmed for Saturday’s Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having found exceptional form leading into the 2014 Ballarat Cup, Spinderbella has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success and is currently available at a generous quote of $5.50 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Claiming five race wins and a further two minor places from her nine competitive appearances on course so far, Spinderbella has been a standout performer for Robert Smerdon over minor events through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival; running second in the Mornington Car Serve FM (1600m) first-up before charging home to win the Troa Supports Jock Trust FM (1800m) on September 28th.
Having since placed third in the Pinker Pinker Plate (2080m) and won the LF Sign Group Handicap (2040m), the Spinning World mare will leave from the ideal barrier 3 and has been charged with carrying just 54kgs in the 2014 Ballarat Cup.
Likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 1, trainer Dan O’Sullivan has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Tuscan Fire since finishing fourth in the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m) on Melbourne Cup Day and is confident he will deliver on generous $6.50 odds for success in the 2014 Ballarat Cup.
A Group 1 competitor over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival which included an appearance in the major Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Tuscanos gelding finished eighth in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (14400m) first-up on May 3rd and third amongst classy company in the Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap (1600m) on May 17th, but was unable to match the late pace when a disappointing tenth in the Banjo Patterson Series Open (2000m) on May 24th.
Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy, punters may find value in adding Tuscan Fire as a fold in a 2014 Ballarat Cup trifecta or quinella bet.
Yet to find peak condition over four starts this time in, Vilanova is without doubt the horse to beat in the 2014 Ballarat Cup if he turns up in competitive form.
Claiming three wins and a further nine minor places over his 28 start career so far, the Commands gelding was a standout performer over the 2014 Winter Carnival; running fourth in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) and winning the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) before placing a close third in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) on June 7th.
Placing third in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) most notably this time in, jockey James Winks has been confirmed to take the ride on Vilanova in the 2014 Ballarat Cup and is confident of partnering the four-year-old in a return to the winner’s circle.
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