The 2012 Parramatta Cup will be run over 2000 metres this Saturday March 3, 2012 and King Lionheart is the early favourite.
The five-year-old gelding opened at $5.50 on Luxbet for the Listed race at Rosehill.
Trained by the prolific Gai Waterhouse, the five-year-old has six wins from 18 starts.
It is an important race for all the runners as it serves as a lead in to the Sydney Metropolitan Series with the best horses giving themselves a chance to compete.
Praecido is the next best in the betting with the David Payne trained Kiwi horse opening at $6.00.
Fellow New Zealand gelding Rainbow Styling follows closely with Luxbet offering $6.50 for the seven-year-old to win the $100,000 event.
In its second last start, the Michael Wayne and John Hawkes trained horse won the Catanach’s Jewllers Handicap at Caulfield in January.
Kontiki Park ($8.00) is another New Zealand horse that will be in the mix on Saturday and despite a seventh placing in the Australia Day Cup, the gelding is not short of recent success
Prior to the Australia Day Cup race, he had two consecutive wins including victory in the Bernborough Handicap.
Chris Waller trained Irish gelding Stand to Gain ($10.00) will be ridden by the experienced Hugh Bowman and is a capable horse, having collected more than $400,000 in prize money.
Four-year-old Sienna Red is paying $11.00 as is Hardbreak Hotel.
Other horses listed byLuxbet in 2012 Parramatta Cup market include Jimmy Fortunes ($13.00), Budai ($17.00) and Sharp Princess ($21.00).
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