Lightinthenite Tops Early 2016 Darwin Cup Odds

Gary Clarke’s reigning champion Lightinthenite is the early favourite to successfully defend his title in Monday week’s Darwin Cup 2016 despite the stayer having had just one start over the past 12 months.


Last year’s champ Lightinthenite is the 63kg top weight for the 2016 Darwin Cup on Monday August 1. Photo: Steve Hart.

Turning nine on August 1 for the Horse’s Birthday and the running of the $200,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m), Galileo gelding Lightinthenite won the Northern Territory’s premier race last winter by a runaway nine lengths.

Setbacks have restricted the galloper to just the one run since however when he returned to racing at Darwin on July 9 and finished fourth to Whistle Stop in the Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m).

Also runner-up in the 2014 Darwin Cup, Lightinthenite carried 60kg to victory in the race 12 months ago and had a hefty 64kg on his back in the Chief Minister’s Cup when defeated under four lengths.

The 2016 Darwin Cup weights have been released and Lightinthenite is the top weight with 63kg, but remains favourite in early betting at paying $3.80 to go back-to-back in the race for the first time since Hawks Bay (2011-2012) just a few years ago.

Close second favourite in the all-in Darwin Cup odds at $4.20 to keep an impressive winning streak going is the fellow Clarke-trained stablemate Finke.

The Turffontein gelding turns four on Darwin Cup Day and has been in stellar from winning his past eight starts on the trot including the Darwin Guineas – NT Derby double this month.

He is now in line for the coveted Darwin Triple Crown and Ladbrokes $100,000 bonus a win in the Darwin Cup would secure; a feat just two horses to date have achieved with Brinney (1989) and Ventilago (1996).

Finke carted 58kg in both his recent feature wins and will relish a drop back to 54.5kg in the Darwin Cup sitting top of the ballot.

Close third favourite in the Darwin Cup odds at $4.60 is the Angela Forster-trained mare Montalto, a rising seven-year-old running in Saturday’s traditional lead-up – the $50,000 Metric Mile (1600m).

The daughter of Court Of Jewels comes off a second in the Chief Minister’s Cup when defeated one and a quarter lengths by Whistle Stop who she faces off against again in the Metric Mile on way to the Darwin Cup.

Montalto carried 56kg last start and goes up to the 59kg on Saturday, but will go back to 56kg for the Darwin Cup bid.

Also in top form and running in the Metric Mile before the Darwin Cup is the Lisa Lefoe-trained Our Valdivia, a Don Edurado gelding who has won his past two on the trot over 1600m at the track.

He drops three kilos from his last start winning weight to 55.5kg for the Metric Mile at his preferred track / distance before going down to the 54kg minimum if connections pay the final Darwin Cup field acceptance.

Our Valdivia pays $8 currently for the August 1 highlight, just ahead of Saturday Sorcerer ($9) and the aforementioned Whistle Stop ($9) who round out the single-figure hopes in futures betting.

Jason Manning now trains Saturday Sorcerer who was disqualified from the 2014 Darwin Cup, which he finished first in, due to a failed drug test when prepared by the currently suspended Stuart Gower.

Saturday Sorcerer has run second at Darwin in his two recent July runs firstly over 1600m and then over 1900m behind Royal Request on July 9 and will drop from 59kg that run to 54kg in the Darwin Cup.

Whistle Stop meanwhile has the outside alley (10 of 10) in this weekend’s Metric Mile carrying 58.5kg, a notable rise from the 54kg the Dick Leech-trained Street Sense gelding carried to victory last time out.

In the Darwin Cup weights the galloper is back to 55.5kg.

Check out the full Darwin Cup 2016 weights and ballot order below before heading to for the complete early odds on the feature!

2016 Darwin Cup Weights

Darwin Racecourse – 01/08/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 7111111×11 FINKE G 4 Gary Clarke 1 54.5kg 83
2 x9045x6591 ROYAL REQUEST G 6 Neil Dyer 2 54.5kg 83
3 27809x11x4 LIGHTINTHENITE G 9 Gary Clarke 3 63kg 100
4 4801314142 MONTALTO M 7 Angela Forster 4 56kg 90
5 x065755541 WHISTLE STOP G 6 Dick Leech 5 55.5kg 85
6 4693110×22 SATURDAY SORCERER G 7 Jason Manning 6 54kg 82
7 1770×11230 BIG MAN G 6 Gary Clarke 7 54kg 81
8 1637234663 MOON DEVIL G 8 Angela Forster 8 54kg 81
9 1143639288 KAYNO G 6 Kerry Petrick 9 54kg 80
10 x27357x527 ORION (NZ) G 6 Kerry Petrick 10 54kg 78
11 1890×48370 SPARTAN EAGLE G 9 Bob Richard 11 54kg 78
12 3523393511 OUR VALDIVIA (NZ) G 6 Lisa Lefoe 12 54kg 77
13 5860x4x756 CANNY BALLAD G 7 Michael Hickmott 13 54kg 77
14 x371668x16 ADJUSTER G 7 Ken Rogerson 14 54kg 76
15 x005627x34 PRETTY BLONDE M 8 Kym Healy 15 54kg 75
16 1425134222 ABU DHABI G 4 Lloyd Kennewell 16 54kg 73
17 475×813315 FLYING TORMENTA M 5 John Peacock 17 54kg 73
18 1218122142 CELEBRAKTI G 7 Gary Clarke 18 54kg 70
19 0223651745 MOONLIGHT HUSSLER G 5 Danny Penna 19 54kg 61


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