One of three black-type races on an extended 10-event Rosehill meeting in Sydney on Saturday, the Lord Mayors Cup 2015 field and odds for this weekend are currently led by the David Vandyke-trained mare Arabian Gold.
The four-year-old daughter of Dubawi hasn’t won a race since her first-up victory in the Group 3 Golden Pendant at Rosehill back in September last year, but is out to atone and break the drought in the $100,000 Listed Fujitsu Air Lord Mayors Cup (2000m).
She has a few obstacles to overcome however including the equal 59kg top weight in the handicap clash, a wide gate 10 of 17 draw and a below par ninth last time out at the Gold Coast in the Group 2 AD Hollindale Stakes (1800m).
All of that aside, the bookmakers are still tipping Arabian Gold as one of the top hopes as she sits at an equal $6 price with Ecuador in the latest Lord Mayors Cup odds.
She is also tipped to improve on her recent form getting up over 2000m for the first time this season, a distance the always-honest grey boasts four wins from five starts over.
As mentioned, Ecuador is current co-favourite with Arabian Gold in the Lord Mayors Cup markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, Gai Waterhouse’s High Chaparral five-year-old out to overcome barrier 13 with Thomas Huet in the saddle on 57.5kg.
Group 1 performed in October of 2013 when just a length away sixth to Boban in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), since then the five-year-old has had just four runs having returned from a year-long break on April 18th to run second to Rugged Cross in the Royal Randwick 100.
Outside the two favourites are then three other single figure Lord Mayors Cup hopes including Malice ($7) in barrier nine with Sam Clipperton riding.
Prepared by Godolphin’s John O’Shea, Teofilo four-year-old Malice won the Listed ATC Cup at this track and distance last November before a first-up second in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude in late March this autumn.
His final lead-up into Saturday’s clash was a sixth to Gypsy Diamond in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick, a race the bookies are rating the form of across a host of subsequent races around the tracks this weekend.
The other hopes under $10 for the win are then the in-form Chris Waller-trained grey Silverball ($8) in barrier 15 shooting for his third win from four recent runs and stablemate Intimate Moment ($9) drawn far better in barrier three for jockey Kathy O’Hara – the mare fourth in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes just two runs back.
The next best in betting at more generous prices are then the likes of Joe Pride’s Street Sense four-year-old Sense Of Occasion ($10) who has winning form up to 2200m and who comes off a mile run at Randwick from Anzac Day, JRA Plate third placegetter Signing Flame ($11) and Pride’s other runner Destiny’s Kiss ($12) who was fourth in the same Sydney lead-up.
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