The bookmakers are tipping an interstate raider to steal the Hobart Cup 2015 trophy from the Tasmanian locals this afternoon with the Tony McEvoy-trained Pelicano heading the markets for the handicap clash.
The Court Of Jewels six-year-old from Hawkesbury is one of 12 remaining hopefuls in this afternoon’s $225,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) following the early scratching of the Scott Brunton-trained Perplexing who had the outside barrier.
Matthew Neilson rides Pelicano from barrier five on 58kg, the 2013 Werribee Cup winning gelding paying $4.20 in the latest Hobart Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au after firming in from $4.40.
He is followed closely in the markets by four other single figure hopes, the next shortest priced at $4.80 of which is Garud.
Drawn out in gate 10 for Craig Williams who is down in the Apple Isle for the ride, Michael Moroney’s Victorian visitor gets in on the 54kg minimum despite a win in the Woodford Cup (1700m) from Warrnambool back on December 28 carrying 58kg.
Last start he carried 56.5kg over 2000m at Flemington on January 17 but could only manage to finish three and a half lengths off Taiyoo, the drop back in distance but step up in distance to suit with Garud a previous winner over the mile and a half.
Following the top two closely is then local chance Banca Mo at $5 drawn in barrier two, the remaining hope for Seven Mile Beach horseman Scott Brunton.
David Pires rides the veteran Tough Speed seven-year-old on 56.5kg, Banca Mo dropping back from 59kg under weight-for-age conditions behind Iggimacool over the Launceston mile in the Listed Kevin Sharkie Tasmanian Stakes (1600m) from New Year’s Eve.
Since then he won a 1400m Hobart barrier trial on February 3 so looks in top form for the Hobart Cup where he carries the least amount of weight he’s seen in nearly a year.
Rounding out the single figure hopes in Hobart Cup betting are then perennial placegetter Genuine Lad ($6) and the 59kg top weight Geegees Blackflash ($6.50) in barrier three.
Trained at Longford by Bill Ryan, Ladoni four-year-old Genuine Lad has finished second or third in his past six starts and is out to break the streak of minor placings with a win here from barrier 11 with Anthony Darmanin in the saddle.
He drops four kilos to the 54kg minimum after carrying 58kg last start in the Listed Summer Cup (2200m) when a nose off John Luttrell’s veteran Clangalang eight-year-old Geegees Blackflash.
Geegees Blackflash meanwhile jumps from barrier three with Sigrid Carr in the saddle this afternoon, the 2012 Hobart Cup winning carrying the same weight he had for his Summer Cup win as he runs in the race for the fifth straight year.
Representing nice value at $10 meanwhile is Genuine Lad’s stablemate Iggimacool with the outside barrier to overcome.
Ryan’s four-year-old Savoire Vivre mare gets in on 54.5kg for top local hoop Brendon McCoull and looks to return to her Tasmanian Stakes winning form after a fifth in the Summer Cup last time out beaten over seven lengths.
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