Two three-year-olds are currently sharing top spot in the 2014 Moonee Valley Vase odds on Cox Plate Day this Saturday with Chivalry and Atmosphere the ones to beat according to the bookies.
Running as Moonee Valley Race 7 at 4:50pm, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Dilmah Exceptional Teas Vase (2040m) field features 14 three-year-olds with many heading towards a run in the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington Racecourse Saturday week.
One of the best fancied for Saturday’s showdown who is not Victoria Derby bound however is the Mark Kavanagh-trained Chivalry sitting as equal $5 favourite with Kiwi raider Atmosphere through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Drawn on the rails with Glen Boss to ride, Street Cry colt Chivalry is after his first win since beating Nordic Empire in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in late April.
Most recently he stepped up to Group 1 class for a shot at the Caulfield Guineas over a mile and was far from disgraced when beaten three and a half lengths running fifth to Shooting To Win.
Atmosphere on the other hand does has the Victoria Derby in his sights and is the shortest priced of the Vase hopes heading towards the Melbourne Cup Carnival classic.
The Trent Busuttin-trained son of Savabeel occupies the third line of futures Victoria Derby betting at $8.50 and goes into Saturday’s race on the back of a second to Magicool in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on October 4.
Up in distance then he will jump from gate four with Nash Rawiller taking over for Damien Oliver who has ridden the galloper for all three of his starts to date.
Oliver meanwhile has the ride on the Gai Waterhouse-trained Duccio in the Moonee Valley Vase this weekend, the consistent son of More Than Ready coming off a second to now firm Victoria Derby favourite Hampton Court ($2.80) in the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) at Randwick.
Hampton Court also went on to win the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (1200m) at the track on October 11 defeating his better fancied rivals First Seal and Sweynesse – the latter running as a $21 shot in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday with last year’s winning hoop Chad Schofield in the saddle.
Following the $5 co-favourites in Moonee Valley Vase betting meanwhile are then a host of other single figure hopes with:
- #8 Gouldian ($6) – Early market mover backed in from $8, this John O’Shea-trained Street Cry colt won over 1600m at Warwick Farm narrowly last time out in his first victory from six starts and is tipped to improve getting up over more distance. Should get a gun run from barrier three with James McDonald in the saddle.
- #13 Go Indy Go ($6) – Best fancied of the fillies to beat home the boys here this Adelaide-based daughter of Bernardini is a Group 1 winner at Randwick over the mile in the Champagne Stakes over the colts and geldings from April. Three runs this time in most recently finishing seventh in the Thousand Guineas. Form has been hit and miss this season but if she handles the extra distance could surprise.
- #4 Moonovermanhattan ($8) – Mick Price-trained Manhattan Rain colt in barrier 14 but time to overcome the outside alley. Runner-up to Almalad in the Stutt Stakes two back then ran seventh crossing four lengths off the winner in the Caulfield Guineas over the mile. Seemed to like Moonee Valley so down in class and back at the track will suit.
- #6 Duccio ($8.50) – Aforementioned Waterhouse hope coming off four top three runs for the season and improving each time with more metres against tougher opposition.
- #5 Bondeiger ($9) – Danny O’Brien’s War Pass colt is shooting for a third straight win having saluted at Geelong (1435m) and then Caulfield (1600m). James Winks stays on and the form is good but does need to handle a notable class rise here and has just his fifth start.
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