Despite the hype on French-trained galloper Brigantin it is the John Gosden-trained British raider Gatewood who has opened the early favourite in the 2012 Geelong Cup odds for this Wednesday’s highly anticipated clash.
The status of this year’s $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) is the highest ever after the race produced the past two Melbourne Cup winners.
Joining past international great’s Media Puzzle (2002), who won that year’s Melbourne Cup, and Bauer (2008), who would ran a devastatingly close second to Bauer in the race that stops a nation next start, French champions Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) both won the Geelong Cup.
Both also continued on and won the past two editions of the Melbourne Cup, and on Wednesday a handful of new overseas gallopers will look to do the same.
Running as Geelong Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST) this year’s Geelong Cup drew a diminutive but classy field of just seven stayers and bookies around Australia have now released their Geelong Cup betting markets.
Surprisingly it is not the French horse in the mix Brigantin, to be ridden by Hong Kong-based Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli, but a British visitor in Gatewood topping the bookmaker.com.au markets at a quote of $2.70.
Drawn in barrier seven with Glen Boss to ride Galileo five-year-old Gatewood, owned by Australia’s OTI Racing, made their Australian debut on October 13 running seventh to Americain’s stablemate Shahwardi in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield.
They run over the mile and a half again on Wednesday looking to earn their stripes heading into the Melbourne Cup 2012 on the first Tuesday of November, Gatewood rated a $26 chance in the Melbourne Cup odds.
“It should be a nice race for him,” Simon O’Donnell from OTI said of the Geelong Cup.
It is a wide-open Geelong Cup this year with all but two of the field at single-figures.
Following Gatewood in the 2012 Geelong Cup betting markets are then
- #3 Brigantin ($3.30) – Andre Fabre’s highly spruiked French stayer ran second in the Prix Kergorlay over 3000m last time out, beat home Dunaden back home around this time last year, needs to come back to the 2400m and run well fresh which they don’t always do. $12 in Melbourne Cup Odds.
- #2 Tac De Boistron ($4.80) – Officially another French galloper but is under Michael Kent’s preparation currently, won their last start at Group 2 level over 2800m back in July at Longchamp, 2400m could be a little short for them but resuming it looks okay. $18 in Melbourne Cup Odds.
- #1 Maluckyday ($6) – Hawkes-trained comeback king. Ran second in the 2010 Melbourne Cup, plagued by setback since but their last start second in The Bart Cummings was eye-catching. $26 in Melbourne Cup Odds.
- #5 Exceptionally ($6.50) – Ekraar mare comes off two good thirds in the Naturalism and then the Herbert Power, right distance and smaller field will suit. $51 in Melbourne Cup Odds.
Peter Moody’s in-form mare Chateau Margaux ($16) stepping up in class here and New Zealand galloper Back In Black ($101) then round out the Geelong Cup field and markets.
Racing Victoria’s international talent scout Leigh Jordon meanwhile still believes it is Brigantin, who has been in good form at Werribee, who is the horse to beat in the 2012 Geelong Cup.
“He’s got the good formline,” Jordon said.
“Last year he beat Dunaden in the Group 2 Vigier at Longchamp.
“He’s got similar formlines to Dunaden going into this race.”
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2012 Geelong Cup Odds
Geelong Race 7 – 4:00pm (AEST) – 24/10/2012
|2||TAC DE BOISTRON (5)||4.80|
|6||CHATEAU MARGAUX (2)||16.00|
|7||BACK IN BLACK (4)||101.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change