The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained super sprinter Our Boy Malachi is up in class for his maiden Group 1 run this weekend at Doomben Racecourse but the bookies are taking no chances with the BTC Cup 2015 favourite.
A six-year-old son of Top Echelon, Our Boy Malachi boasts an outstanding record of 17 wins from 19 starts to date including his last start victory first-up in Sydney’s Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 18.
That easy effort, an ace second-up record (5-4-0-0), a good barrier seven draw and Tommy Berry staying on all combine to put Our Boy Malachi at the top of the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for this weekend’s $500,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m).
The progressive galloper is the firming favourite too backed in early from $4 to $3.50 to become the first horse of his age to win the race since Fritz (2001) and the first favourite to salute for the punters since Peter Moody’s mighty mare Black Caviar (2011).
Our Boy Malachi’s dominance in BTC Cup betting sees just two other current single figure fancies for the win with Srikandi ($5) and Scissor Kick ($8.50) backed in from double figures in the past 24 hours in the 16-starter field and markets.
Out in gate 11, Ciaron Maher’s talented Dubawi mare Srikandi shoots for her eighth win at start number 10 and back-to-back victories after her first-up success in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast a fortnight ago.
Two weeks between runs looks ideal for the smart four-year-old who has top form at Doomben having won her only two other starts at the track and who is also undefeated from five runs over Saturday’s distance.
Scissor Kick meanwhile is drawn well in barrier four for jockey Tye Angland, the Paul Messara-trained Redoute’s Choice colt out to become the third three-year-old in the past four years to win the BTC Cup following the victories of Sea Siren (2012) and Your Song (2013).
Further down BTC Cup betting at more generous odds is a host of other hopefuls with claims for an upset result in Doomben Race 8 on Saturday including the Kiwi raider Sacred Star ($11) who won back-to-back Group 1s back in NZ during the summer, Moody’s three-year-old Sebring filly Bring Me The Maid ($11) second-up after finishing runner-up in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint and El Roca ($15).
The second New Zealand visitor in the line-up, Fastnet Rock four-year-old El Roca is an interesting edition to the BTC Cup this year with the stallion having his first run since April last year.
Prepared at Cambridge by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, El Roca was a livewire galloper getting around in the autumn majors last year including his Randwick Guineas second and George Ryder third in open-age company.
He hasn’t raced since a ninth in the mud at Randwick in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) over 12 months ago, so how he’s come through an injury-enforced break will be key to his chances in Brisbane this winter.
Check out the latest BTC Cup 2015 betting odds below, prices open at Ladbrokes.com.au who are also offering a Bonus Bet if your BTC Cup selection runs second or third on Saturday!