A talented and capacity field has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured 2016 Ballarat Cup (2200m); offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Cool Chap has returned to racing in typically competitive form this year and remains an outright $7.50 favourite in 2016 Ballarat Cup betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Cool Chap was transferred to the care of Lee and Anthony Freedman from recently-retired Peter Moody’s stables earlier this year, and immediately responded to the change in environment when beating a talented field by a length in the Noel Rundle Handicap (2000m) on March 26th.
Progressing to second in the Listed Galilee Series Final (2400m), the High Chaparral gelding posted a maiden black type win in the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) before running third in the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) on May 14th.
Clearly requiring a run when ninth in the Ladbrokes Up For The Challenge BM84 (1440m) first-up on October 1st, Cool Chap ran second in the Listed Sale Cup (1600m) and second in the Twitter Trophy (1800m) on Crown Oaks Day, before placing sixth in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) last weekend.
Cool Chap will leave from the ideal barrier 3 in the 2016 Ballarat with only 54kgs in tow, and will be partnered by Daniel Stackhouse.
Lidari is yet to herald much interest in 2016 Ballarat Cup betting markets, but remains a tied occupant of the second line at $8.50 odds.
Resuming this time for tenth in the Listed Paris Lane Handicap (1400m), the Acclamation entire progressed to second in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) before a lacklustre run for ninth in the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1600m) on Melbourne Cup Day.
Having responded favourably for third in the Eclipse Stakes at Ladbrokes Park, Lidari will relish a step-up to 2200m and is more than worth consideration at current Ballarat Cup odds.
Lady Le Fay has continued to attract steady attention in 2016 Ballarat Cup betting markets and is the only other horse currently featuring on the second line.
Lady Le Fay returned to racing this year for fifth in a talent-rich Rosehill minor over 1350m on March 12th before running a credible seventh in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) on March 26th.
Charging home for fourth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on Day 2 of The Championships, the Thorn Park mare returned to winning form in the Tommy Hill Memorial Handicap (2000m).
Placing second behind Ecuador in the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m), Lady Le Fay ended her campaign sixth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and has performed well through four starts this time; running sixth in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) last time out on November 5th.
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