Having taken out the Bendigo Cup quinella with Tanby and At First Sight on Wednesday, the bookies are getting on the Lloyd Williams’ bandwagon and have installed his fellow 2011 Melbourne Cup hope Green Moon as the clear favourite for this Saturday’s $250,000 Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington.
Due to jump at 12:00pm (AEDST) as Victoria Derby Day Race 2, the 2011 The Lexus Stakes is shaping up as one of the most crucial editions of the feature in recent years as the field fight it out for the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption on offer to the winner.
Green Moon is one such stayer that must win on Saturday or miss out on a run in the lucrative $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) next Tuesday.
Currently sitting 35th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry, Newcastle Gold Cup winner Green Moon was last seen running a brave second to Southern Speed after working hard from their wide barrier draw in the Caulfield Cup.
On Saturday the bred-to-stay import has drawn more favourably in barrier six of 16 and is set to hit top form just in time, Green Moon the $3.40 The Lexus Stakes favourite at Luxbet.
This race is going to be a beauty and there are four other stayers at single-figure odds to win.
Other 2011 Lexus Stakes Hopes Under Double-Figures:
- #5 Niowt ($12 into $6.50 Luxbet) – Big money coming in for this Lexus Stakes market mover, the Hawkes-trained seven-year-old catching the eye when second to Mourayan in The Bart Cummings over 2500m at Flemington two starts back before their disappointing 12th in the Caulfield Cup when hampered by barrier 17 – 34th in Melbourne Cup ballot
- #1 Tullamore ($6.50 out to $7 Luxbet) – Great price for Gai Waterhouse’s gallant galloper, is the 57kg topweight and is giving a lot of weight to some unknowns here but really think this Savabeel five-year-old should be favourite, are they past their peak? They have run their heart out this prep coming up with a Caulfield Cup third and a good second to Melbourne Cup favourite Americain in the Moonee Valley Cup last weekend, think it is there time now – 25th in Melbourne Cup ballot
- #4 Moyenne Corniche ($9 Luxbet) – Brian Ellison-trained raider didn’t disappoint with their third in the Herbert Power last start, but barrier 13 doesn’t look good here – 27th in Melbourne Cup ballot
- #12 Midnight Martini ($8 out to $9 Luxbet) – She is a mare, she is out wide (barrier 14) but there is a lot to like about Mark Kavanagh’s Street Cry four-year-old, last seen running a close third to Mackinnon Stakes starter Foreteller in the David Jones Cup over 2000m, eye-catching fourth in the Herbert Power before that, she has won from barrier 15 of 17 over 2000m at Flemington before and there are some scary form comparisons to her former stablemate, 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking – 43rd in Melbourne Cup ballot
Following the top lot in The Lexus Stakes 2011 are then Peter Moody’s Zabeel six-year-old Macedonian ($12), Toowoomba galloper Anudjawun ($15) coming off a fourth in the Moonee Valley Cup, Geelong Cup fourth placegetter Showcause ($17), Jeff Lynd’s Kiwi raider Booming ($17) and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydney Cup placegetter Older Than Time ($17).
If you fancy any of these promising stayers to take out the Lexus on Saturday and then go forward into the Melbourne Cup, now is the time to take them in the Melbourne Cup futures at Luxbet.
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2011 The Lexus Stakes Odds
Flemington Race 2 – 29/10/2011
|1||Tullamore (9)||7.00 Luxbet|
|2||Booming (2)||17.00 Luxbet|
|3||Green Moon (6)||3.40 Luxbet|
|4||Moyenne Corniche (13)||9.00 Luxbet|
|5||Niwot (7)||6.50 Luxbet|
|6||Tactic (8)||201.00 Luxbet|
|7||Older Than Time (15)||17.00 Luxbet|
|8||Galizani (16)||19.00 Luxbet|
|9||Raffaello (10)||61.00 Luxbet|
|10||Showcause (5)||15.00 Luxbet|
|11||Macedonian (4)||12.00 Luxbet|
|12||Midnight Martini (14)||9.00 Luxbet|
|13||Spechenka (1)||51.00 Luxbet|
|14||Anudjawun (12)||15.00 Luxbet|
|15||Reprisal (3)||101.00 Luxbet|
|16||Home On A Wing (11)||61.00 Luxbet|
*Odds quoted are Fixed Win and subject to change – visit Luxbet for updates and to bet now