The Phillip Stokes-trained Dylanson will carry the top weight in this afternoon’s Balaklava Cup 2015 in South Australia, but that hasn’t stopped the bookies installing him at the top of their odds for the mile feature.
A final field of 16 will face off in Balaklava Race 8 with the $100,000 Listed The Advertiser Newspapers Balaklava Cup (1600m) due to jump at 4:08pm (SA time).
Among the starting line-up is the emergency runner Flying Paris who shoots for a third straight win after gaining a start following the early scratching of the Richard Jolly-trained Alcohol.
Alcohol was equal 59kg top weight with Dylanson who is now the $5 favourite in Balaklava Cup betting through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Drawn a treat in barrier three with Paul Gatt to ride, the Dylan Thomas six-year-old shoots for his first win since the Listed City Of Adelaide Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks back in late April.
His lead-up into today’s feature was a fourth to Riziz in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) on August 22 with Gatt and the 59kg, beaten just over two lengths.
He will improve getting out to a mile, Dylanson racing at Balaklava for the first time in the Cup.
There are five other single figure fancies in an open Balaklava Cup market this year with the second pick being Happy As Hell ($6.50) in gate five with Dean Holland riding on the 54kg minimum.
Terry & Karina O’Sullivan’s Stawell-based five-year-old boasts a solid record of two wins and a third from his three previous 1600m starts, the latest of which was the placing behind Self Sense and Wish Come True in the Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) back in February.
He comes off a Flemington third over 1400m from August 8 behind Charmed Harmony and will appreciate the extra metres this afternoon.
There are then three horses occupying the third line of betting at an equal $7.50 with Lucky Lucky Lucky, Supreme Warrior and By The Grace.
Tony McEvoy’s returning six-year-old Lucky Lucky Lucky enjoyed a number of top runs during his summer – autumn campaign before being found out in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) over the two miles in early March running ninth to Tanby.
He has a solid first-up record (4-1-1-0) and comes off a third in a 1000m Gawler trial from August 21.
Supreme Warrior has a nice gate two draw with the Melbourne raider out to improve on a last start sixth behind The United States when beaten only 1.2 lengths over 1500m at Moonee Valley on August 22.
By The Grace has a wide gate for the Cup out in 14, but with two previous wins over the mile and a last start second over 1700m at Flemington, the bookies are taking no chances with Andrew Noblet’s God’s Own gelding.
The last of the hopes under $10 in betting is then Eigelstein ($9) carrying 55.5kg from gate six with Jason Holder booked to ride Grant Young’s Dubawi eight-year-old.
Other notable Balaklava Cup hopefuls this season include McEvoy’s other runner Pelicano ($13) who hasn’t won since the 2013 Werribee Cup nearly two years ago, the consistent Nick Smart-trained seven-year-old Back On Target ($13) who is up to 1600m for the first time and Peter Moody’s 61-start veteran Justify That ($16).
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