Andre Fabre’s exciting French raider Brigantin has been heavily backed in the Geelong Cup 2012 odds for this afternoon’s important Melbourne Cup lead-up and is now favourite for the mile and a half feature.
Two other champions from France have secured the Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double over the past two years with Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) and now the punters are on the Brigantin bandwagon to repeat the feat and make it three from three in the $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) for the French.
The Cozzene stallion could be found as long as $3.30 in the Geelong Cup betting markets earlier in the week but a huge betting plunge has seen them firm right into $2.80 favouritism at bookmaker.com.au.
Last seen running second to Joshua Tree in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) Brigantin is currently sitting 30th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry and will still likely make the field for the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first Tuesday of November regardless of whether they win or lose their Aussie debut this afternoon.
In the latest Melbourne Cup 2012 odds Brigantin occupies the fourth line of betting at $12, markets led by defending champ and recent Caulfield Cup winner Dunaden ($6.50).
The form on Brigantin is certainly there as they were able to defeat Dunaden by two lengths in a Group 2 race over 3100m in May last year in Paris, and everyone has seen what Dunaden is capable of.
One horse that must win the Geelong Cup, which has the smallest field since 1933 with just seven hopefuls, to make the capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field is then the easing second favourite Gatewood.
John Gosden’s British raider is 40th on the Melbourne Cup ballot and a $21 chance in the markets.
Having originally opened the $2.70 favourite for the Geelong Cup the Galileo five-year-old has drifted out to $3.10 for their second run down under, Gatewood last seen finishing seventh to another French galloper Shahwardi in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).
It seems however the punters haven’t clued onto the fact that knowing the nuances of the Geelong track is essential to win, and that is something Gatewood’s jockey Glen Boss will boast over Brigantin’s Hong Kong-based, Italian hoop Umberto Rispoli.
“It is a long straight at Geelong and it is uphill, so it can get a little bit testing,” Boss, most famous for winning three straight Melbourne Cups with the mighty Makybe Diva, explained.
“These are pretty strong horses when you get to this class. They are strong stayers and they are going to be strong right through to the line.
“It is a trap for young players going quick too soon because there is an incline, but it is a fair straight.
“Everyone gets their chance to win.”
Odds on the rest of the Geelong Cup field have also eased out including the price on 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday ($6 out to $8) and Michael Kent’s French import Tac De Boistron ($4.80 out to $8.50).
Aside from Brigantin the only other horse to receive a tickle of attention from the punters is Peter Moody’s in-form mare Chateau Margaux who has firmed in from $16 to $13 to post their third win on the trot.
Check out the full Geelong Cup 2012 betting odds below, fixed win prices courtesy of bookmaker.com.au.
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2012 Geelong Cup Betting Market Moves
Geelong Race 7 – 4:00pm (AEST) – 24/10/2012
- #1 Maluckday (3) – $6 out $8
- #2 Tac De Boistron (5) – $4.80 out to $8.50
- #3 Brigantin (1) – $3.30 into $2.80
- #4 Gatewood (7) – $2.70 out to $3.10
- #5 Exceptionally (6) – $6.50 out to $7
- #6 Chateau Margaux (2) – $16 into $13
- #7 Back In Black (4) – $101 out to $151
*All odds quoted are fixed win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change