Lucas Cranach Tops Updated 2012 Australian Cup Odds

Anthony Freedman’s gifted German stayer Lucas Cranach has knocked the resuming Americain off his perch and is the new punters’ pick in the Australian Cup 2012 odds following the release of the final field and barriers for the Flemington Super Saturday showdown.

Lucas Cranach

Lucas Cranach is the new 2012 Australian Cup favourite after drawing barrier one

Former Melbourne Cup champion Americain, who has their first start for new trainer David Hayes at Flemington on Saturday, came up with the far outside gate nine of nine for the first-up assignment in the $1 million Group 1 Dubai Australian Cup (2000m).

After dominating the Australian Cup betting markets at our preferred online bookmaker over the past few weeks, Americain has been shifted to second position after their main rival Lucas Cranach drew barrier one.

Americian, last seen winning the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown in mid-November, now pays $3.10 at to add the Australian Cup title to their growing record down under that most notably includes the 2010 Melbourne Cup trophy.

Lucas Cranach, meanwhile, is the $3 Australian Cup favourite at and is also the fit-form horse going into the race after they easily accounted for their rivals, many of which they face again on Saturday, in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on February 25.

If successful, Lucas Cranach will become just the third horse since the Australian Cup became a weight-for-age event in 1987 to win second-up joining Better Loosen Up (1991) and Zipping (2010).

Two other Australian Cup hopes are at single figures with Peter Young Stakes runner-up Illo ($8, prepared by the Cups King Bart Cummings who vies for his 14th Australian Cup victory this year, and the now Peter Moody-trained Carlyon Cup winner Manighar ($8.50

Star South Australian mare Southern Speed is not far behind the imported boys, the reigning Caulfield Cup winner at an attractive $10 to bounce back from her Peter Young fifth last-start and take out the Australian Cup for the Aussie-bred.

Southern Speed definitely comes via the right form-line having also run second to Black Caviar in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) this season with eight of the past 10 Australian Cup winners having run in both the CF Orr and Peter Young.

The other current $10 chance in the race is Michael Moroney’s Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium coming off a fourth in the Peter Young and drawn in barrier eight with Damien Oliver to ride.

Glass Harmonium has an outstanding record at the Flemington track blemished only by his 22nd place in his failed Melbourne Cup distance test last spring, and Moroney is confident they are a better chance than their double-figure price suggests.

“It looks like one of the stronger versions of the Australian Cup but our horse has got a lot going his way,” Moroney said.

“He looks to have tightened up a bit with the run last start and he is back to his favourite track and his favourite distance.

“Ollie (jockey Damien Oliver) said he just blew out the last bit at Caulfield.

“The horse didn’t seem to have any problem with his breathing in running and it was just a lack of fitness at the end.

“Going back to Flemington is definitely going to suit him.

“He is a far better horse there than at Caulfield.”

The 2012 Australian Cup field and betting markets are then completed by dual Kingston Town Classic champ Playing God ($31, 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient ($41 and Cummings’ other representative Precedence ($41

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2012 Australian Cup Odds

Flemington Race 7 – 4:00pm – 10/03/2012

# Horse (Barrier) Odds*
1 AMERICAIN (9) 3.10
2 EFFICIENT (4) 41.00
3 PLAYING GOD (2) 31.00
5 MANIGHAR (6) 8.50
6 PRECEDENCE (5) 41.00
7 LUCAS CRANACH (1) 3.00
8 ILLO (7) 8.00
9 SOUTHERN SPEED (3) 10.00

*Fixed Win Odds provided by and subject to change