The Group 3 2013 Carlyon Cup (1600m) takes place at Caulfield on Saturday as part of an action-packed program and if the betting is anything to go by, it is set to be an open race.
Consistent Darren Weir-trained gelding Lord Of Brazil ($4) is jostling for favouritism with French import Prairie Star ($4.40) and another three horses are at $6.50 or under.
Chris Waller’s British import Foreteller ($5) continues his come back after missing the spring while Budriguez ($6) will attempt to put back-to-back wins together.
Also under double figures is 11-year-old former Hong Kong star Good Ba Ba ($6.50).
For those who like to chase big numbers there are plenty to come by in this big 13-horse field including Peter Moody’s Highly Recommended ($21), the Darley-owned Chasse ($21) and Group 1 winner Invest ($51).
Can’t work out who to back in this open betting affair? Keep reading as the Races.com.au experts have been hard at work to bring you our very best Carlyon Cup selections.
#7 Prairie Star $4.40
A touch short of ideal for Danny O’Brien’s import but he’s got a class edge on his rivals here. Was a Group 2 winner in France and placed at Group 1 level.
Was solid in his first preparation in Australia with consecutive fourths in the Group 3 David Jones Cup and Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes and is likely to be a lot better second time around.
Boring having the two favourites in the top two spots but it’s hard to leave out Lord Of Brazil. Has missed a place once in his last nine starts and has won three of his last four.
Remarkably consistent, there’s nothing to suggest his form won’t continue this weekend.
Invest is a smoky at big odds coming off an eighth-place finish in the John Dillon Stakes. Never runs well first-up but has class as was shown during her three-year-old career and should get a nice run from barrier two.
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