The sole black-type on the Caulfield race card this Saturday in Melbourne is the Thoroughbred Club Cup 2015 sprint showdown where Tom Hughes’s lightly-raced two-year-old Black Vanquish is the best fancied juvenile in the mix.
Originally this year’s $120,000 Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) drew an above capacity field with 12 confirmed starters plus two emergencies.
The first of those spare runners, the Mick Price-trained debutant Prince Of Brooklyn has received a call-up however after the early scratching of his also unraced stablemate Freedoms from the set weights plus penalties clash.
Clear leader in the latest Thoroughbred Club Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au is nicely-bred Lonhro colt Black Vanquish drawn a treat in barrier four for apprentice Katelyn Mallyon to ride.
A $3.50 chance for the win, Black Vanquish ran a disappointing 11th on debut behind Of The Brave in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) back in mid-February.
He returned on April 11 at Flemington to break his maiden status with a big two length victory over My Poppette in a two-year-old handicap, form he’s tipped to repeat as he eats up the metres on his way to longer trips.
Four of his rivals are also under $10 including the market mover and second fancy Payroll drawn wide but paying $3.90.
Michael Cahill has the ride on Richard Laming’s Not A Single Doubt filly who has her third career start here after a successful debut by three and a quarter lengths at Sale on March 11, and a last start fifth to Last Bullet in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide a fortnight later.
The next best in betting are then last start winners Badajoz ($7) and Stalwart ($7.50), before Cool Snitzel ($8.50) rounds out the single figure hopes having also won on debut in the lead-up.
The John O’Shea-trained Commands colt Badajoz won over 1100m at Hawkesbury on April 16 to officially kick off his career, while the stablemate Stalwart has had two runs including a 1109m Seymour win at the start of last month by an impressive three and a half lengths.
Cool Snitzel represents Peter Moody, the Snitzel filly looking to retain her undefeated status after a Moe win on debut over 1100m against her own kind on April 13.
Other notable Thoroughbred Club Cup chances this weekend include the nicely-priced Strindberg ($11) for Team Hawkes who won over 1100m at Geelong-Lakeside on April 22, Moody’s final emergency Cool Chap ($11) who the bookies are keeping safe in betting and the best-tried of the bunch Pearl Star ($13).
The Matt Laurie-trained Star Witness filly Pearl Star has had the most runs of any of the starters but is on the drift out from $10, Glen Boss’s mount lining up for her sixth start and shooting for back-to-back wins after her victory in the Listed Dequetteville Stakes (1050m) in Adelaide on April 18.
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