New Zealand-bred gelding Shenzhou Steeds tops the betting market for tomorrow’s Listed $200,000 2012 Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast.
Fresh off a win in the Ipswich Cup, the talented four-year-old is currently paying $2.70 at bookmaker.com.au to keep his unbeaten run in Queensland alive.
Trained by Michael Moroney at Flemington, the promising four-year-old has six wins from 14 starts but faces his toughest test yet when carrying the top weight of 58kg on a heavy (10) track.
The Ishiguru gelding has won three times on slow tracks but has limited experience racing in the extremely heavy conditions he will experience tomorrow.
One horse that has plenty of heavy-track experience is second favourite Roi D’Jeu ($4.20) who is coming off a close second in the Stayers Cup (3200m) at Rosehill two weeks ago.
Run on a heavy (10) track, Roi D’Jeu was near the lead for the majority of the race and showed plenty of toughness in the straight before being passed by Adroitly in the dying stages.
Despite being yet to taste black-type success, the Sydney-based six-year-old is a proven stayer and has won at the Caloundra Cup distance of 2400 metres.
Next best in the market is Sydney Cup runner Anudjawun ($6.50) who has produced solid performances without victory this year.
The New Zealand-bred gelding finished fourth in the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality at the Sydney Autumn Carnival and more recently ran second in the Baden Trophy at Flemington.
In-form six-year-old Warrior Within is at $8.00 after placing consecutively in the Ipswich Cup and Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup while Brisbane gelding Za Magic is at $10.00.
Caloundra Cup 2011 winner Spechenka may not have won since he took out the event last year but he again showed form at the track earlier this month when second on a heavy surface to Freuhling in a mid-week event.
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Caloundra Cup 2012 – Odds
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