2014 Australian Cup Form and Tips

March 7, 2014

2014 Australian Cup Form and Tips

The 2014 Australian Cup (2000m) will feature as one of two major Group 1 events alongside the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on Saturday, and has been confirmed to feature a talented field of nine runners.

Fiorente is outright favourite for the 2014 Australian Cup

Fiorente is outright favourite for the 2014 Australian Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having returned to the track in scintillating formm with an incredible turn of foot to win the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m), 2013 Melbourne Cup Champion Fiorente is outright favourite to continue his impressive run of for in the 2014 Australian Cup at a quote of $2.20, ahead of Shamus Award ($4), Thunder Fantasy ($8.50) and undoubted market mover Foreteller, who has been heavily back from an opening price of $14 to current register at $9.50.

Can Fiorente deliver another Group 1 title to Gai, or will Shamus Award lead from start to finish again and hit the line first?

1st

Fiorente ($2.20)

Fiorente steadily built to the task over the 2013 spring, claiming the Group 2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and placing third behind Shamus Award and Happy Trails in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) before displaying his keen ability to sprint hard and fast late, winning the Melbourne Cup (3200m) by nearly a length. Having returned to the track in 2014 in peak condition, Fiorente will have to overcome the slightly awkward barrier 8 if he is to continue his winning streak and deliver jockey Damien Oliver a maiden Australian Cup crown.

2nd

Thunder Fantasy ($8.50)

In-form colt Thunder Fantasy has experienced something of a meteoric rise to prominence since debuting on course in April 13th, finishing a competitive third behind Polanski and Complacent in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) to close a strong spring preparation and returning to the track on February 8th to win the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) ahead of a talented field. Having produced another good run for third in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) last weekend, Thunder Fantasy will likely receive the run of the field in the Australian Cup, having drawn the ideal barrier 3.

3rd

Shamus Award

Danny O’Brien-trained star Shamus Award led from start to finish last weekend to secure a rare Cox Plate/Australian Guineas Double in particularly impressive fashion. Having claimed two wins and eight places from 12 starts to date, O’Brien has outlined the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) as the main target for the talented Snitzel colt this preparation, and could not pass up an attempt at a second Group 1 in as many weeks, particularly after drawing barrier 4.

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