If the market is anything to go by, the Group 3 2013 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday is set to be an open affair.
Five runners fall between $4 and $6 with Lord Of Brazil ($4) and Prairie Star ($4.40) tough to split at the top of the market.
Darren Weir’s consistent gelding Lord Of Brazil is stepping up in class but brings both form and fitness with him.
The six-year-old has won three of his past four starts and boasts a strong record of 10 wins and eight minor placings from 22 outings.
French import Prairie Star will be running first-up but gave a hint of his ability in the spring when fourth in both the Group 3 David Jones Cup and the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes.
The five-year-old entire was a Group 1 placegetter in France and also won at Group 2 level.
At $5 is Chris Waller’s British import Foreteller who is coming off a runner-up finish at Warwick Farm on January 5.
Sharing the fourth line of betting are last-start winner Budriguez and 11-year-old veteran Good Ba Ba who are both at $6.
Former Hong Kong galloper Good Ba Ba may be a genuine veteran but has shown with consecutive fourths at this first two starts in Australia that he still maybe able to make an impact.
The son of Lear Fan was a seven-time Group 1 winner in Hong Kong including taking out the prestigious Hong Kong mile three times.
No other runner falls under double figures with Zabisco the next best at $15.
There are plenty of options for those who like to chase the long shots with Domesky ($61), Royal Mail ($101) and The Wingman ($101) all at big prices.
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