Mick Price-trained gelding Pakal is favourite to take out the 2014 Group 3 Carlyon Cup, with punters expecting the five-year-old to build off a strong barrier trial at Cranbourne last week.
Pakal ran fifth to Side Glance in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington to close a successful Spring campaign, and punters believe a perfect start to 2014 is on the cards for the son of Lord Of England, backing him in to odds of $2.30 and registering as the undoubted market mover.
Despite only the one tilt at a Group 1 event, Pakal claimed honours in both the Legacy 2013 Badge Appeal Handicap Open (1600m) and the Listed TAB Cranbourne Cup (2025m).
Pakal is short-price favourite for 2014 Carlyon Cup glory, however is sure to face stiff competition from rival Chase The Rainbow ($3.60), who has also been heavily backed by punters after drawing the ideal barrier three.
The Dash For Cash stallion was a notable exemption from the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, however returned to the track for a brief series of events over the summer.
Unable to secure a victory in three starts, the five-year-old has slowly warmed to the task after more than a year in the spelling paddock, finishing last in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield before a fourth in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) was followed up with a competitive third behind Finishing Card in the Listed Equiano-John Dillion Stakes (1400m) on January 25th.
Currently sharing the second line of betting with Chase The Rainbow is classy four-year-old Star Rolling ($3.60).
Star Rolling was one of the major performers of the 2013 Autumn season; claiming three of five starts including the J&J Dale Butchery Plate; a minor contested over the same 1600m distance as the 2014 Carlyon Cup.
The next best back runner in Carlyon Cup betting markets has been Bass Strait, who also features as the only remaining runner quoted at less than $10.
Following a disappointing run in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes on November 2nd, the son of Holy Roman Emperor was sent to the spelling paddock, with trainer David Hayes electing to leave the four-year-old out of January barrier trials.
Of the six starts confirmed for the 2014 Carlyon Cup, only five-year-old mare Anagold ($61) has been shunned by punters, with Bit Of Hell currently featuring as a $12 chance.
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