Carlyon Stakes 2012 Odds – African Pulse Narrow Favourite

Michael Moroney’s untapped stallion African Pulse will shoot for their second win from as many starts this time in when they take on a quality field of rivals in the 2012 Carlyon Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

African Pulse

African Pulse will be scratched from the 2012 Carlyon Stakes if it is a dry track

A Melbourne Cup Day winner last spring, the now four-year-old son of Johannesburg resumed at Flemington on August 11 and enjoyed a strong victory over 1000m in the wet.

They will now step up to stakes company but stick to the short sprint distance for the $120,000 Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) on Saturday, a race that has drawn a full field of 13 starters plus two emergencies.

Despite their horror outside draw (15 of 15) African Pulse has opened the favourite in the Carlyon Stakes odds at paying $3.90.

The barrier is obviously a concern for Moroney who confirmed the favourite will only run if it’s a wet track, African Pulse to be saved for the $120,000 Listed The Heath (1100m) at Caulfield next week if the conditions don’t suit.

“It doesn’t especially suit us, but it might scare a few others off and give us a better draw,” Moroney said of the barrier.

Hot on their heels is then Atomic Force ($4.20) in gate seven with the 60kg topweight.

Winner of the Group 1 The Galaxy in April last year, Darren Smith’s Danehill Dancer seven-year-old recently enjoyed more elite level success when a trip to New Zealand in January resulted with a Group 1 Railway Stakes win and a second to Guiseppina in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap.

Three other horses are rated single-figure chances in the Carlyon Stakes betting markets with:

  • #2 Anabandana ($9) – Dual Group 1 winning New Zealand mare boasts a sensational record at home, had two runs in Melbourne during the Autumn for a second and fifth at Caulfield, resumes here and has a great first-up record plus plenty of class
  • #3 Unanimously ($9) – Matthew Dale’s Canberra galloper comes off a good second over the track and distance which was their first look at Moonee Valley, should improve on that run here
  • #6 Green Birdie ($9) – Internationally performed veteran has had three runs back in Australia this year most recently finishing fourth in the Aurie’s Star Handicap at Flemington, the nine-year-old has the experience and record but could be just past it

Other genuine chances at juicer odds then include the Darren Weir-trained Royal Bender ($11) last seen finishing second to Platelet in the Monash Stakes over 1100m in the wet at Caulfield in mid-July, Peter Moody’s lightly-raced Encosta De Lago mare One Last Dance ($12) having just her fifth career start after suffering her first career loss at the track on August 4, and Royal Bender’s stablemate Broken ($16).

The latest fixed win Carlyon Stakes odds for Saturday are listed in the table below, prices provided by our preferred online bookie

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2012 Carlyon Stakes Odds

Moonee Valley Race 6 – 3:27pm – 25/08/2012

# Horse (Barrier) Odds*
1 ATOMIC FORCE (7) 4.20
2 ANABANDANA (10) 9.00
3 UNANIMOUSLY (5) 9.00
4 ROCKING FORCE (11) 17.00
5 HIGHLY TOXIC (2) 61.00
6 GREEN BIRDIE (13) 9.00
7 VEEWAP (9) 61.00
8 BROKEN (6) 16.00
9 BERRINGAMA (1) 101.00
10 AFRICAN PULSE (15) 3.90
11 ONE LAST DANCE (4) 12.00
12 ALL FRIARED UP (14) 26.00
13 ROYAL BENDER (12) 11.00
14E VATICAN (3) 31.00
153 UMGETON (8) 31.00

*Fixed Win Odds provided by and subject to change