Victorian raider Hurdy Gurdy Man has opened as the narrow favourite in a wide open market for Sunday’s Hobart Cup 2013, Darren Weir’s in-form galloper to benefit from having ace hoop Glen Boss in the saddle.
Running as Hobart Race 8 as one of the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival majors, this year’s $225,000 Group 3 AAMI Hobart Cup (2400m) drew a full field of 16 gallopers with five-year-old Street Cry stallion Hurdy Gurdy Man the one to beat from barrier one.
A winner of five of their 20 starts they also boast 11 minor placings and so have been a very consistent horse for connections, Hurdy Gurdy Man last seen running a brave third in the Terang Cup (2150m) on Februayr 3.
They go up a bit in class for this but their Melbourne form has been spot on and they also drop back from 59kg last run to a much more manageable 54kg on Sunday – the weight relief sure to see them fire.
Online bookies around the country have them topping the Hobart Cup odds at a quote of around $4.40 but they are followed closely by a number of other exciting chances.
Occupying the second line of Hobart Cup betting at $5.50 is The Cleaner who has work to do after drawing wide with barrier 11.
Mick Burles’ Savoire Vivre gelding was a big first-up winner in the Listed Tasmanian Stakes (1600m) beating a similar field, including last year’s Hobart Cup champ Geegees Blackflash, by four lengths before winning again at Launceston.
They failed on the synthetic running distant 10th as the beaten favourite with 60kg in the Devonport Cup before bouncing back last time out to win the Summer Cup (2100m) at Hobart, an effort they will look to repeat here.
The other single-figure fancies are then:
- #1 Geegees Blackflash ($6.50) – Defending Hobart Cup winner leads out the field with 59.5kg, only slightly up on their weight from 12 months ago, and despite a wide gate 14 draw is still a big chance to go back-to-back after their last start win in the Jockey Club Cup (2200m) last weekend
- #5 Fieldmaster ($6.50) – Patrick Payne’s Victorian visitor has suffered a big blow with the extreme outside gate (16) but has class, is in-form and if luck goes there way there’s time to get across after winning the Devonport Cup first-up which they followed with a third in the Summer Cup and second last time out in the Jockey Club Cup
- #4 Norsqui ($7.50) – Lots in favour of McShane’s Mornington Cup winner who is an out-and-out stayer, distance might be just short of what they want but they did well in the Summer Cup when only a half-length away second giving connections hope of a similar, if not improved, effort here
- #8 Westsouthwest ($8) – Another top fancy drawn wide with barrier 15, Dwyane Dunn booked to ride Robert Smerdon’s Darci Brahma four-year-old from Caulfield, their form at home has been a bit hit and miss but they have class as displayed in their 3YO season when third in the Group 1 Queensland Derby, come off a fifth at their home track in black type company and could be nearing their peak again
Other longer priced hopefuls out to score an upset Hobart Cup result in 2013 then include the Tony Vasil-trained Redoute’s Choice mare Lucky Angel ($10) and local eight-year-old veteran Dream Pedlar ($12) primed to get a gun run from gate three after their third in the Jockey Club Cup.
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