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Some of the best betting to be had on the weekend is down in Tasmania when the 2017 Hobart Cup runs on Sunday, tips and the updated odds for the mile and a half Group 3 found below.
The $200,000 event has attracted a 10-horse field and is set to run as Hobart Race 8 at 4:10pm (AEDT) as one of the highlights of the annual Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival.
Hobart Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are firmly led by Big Duke ($1.85) who is under $2 for the win as the bookies take no chances with the Darren Weir-trained European import.
The Raven’s Pass five-year-old is only very lightly-raced with Sunday’s race just his ninth career start, but two of his three wins have been in Australia for Weir.
The gelding comes off back-to-back victories in Melbourne this summer and getting on the 54kg minimum for the Hobart Cup has him as the progressive stayer to run down.
Three of his rivals are also under $10 in Hobart Cup betting however including the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained VRC St Leger winner Cool Chap ($4) who comes off a second to Big Duke at Moonee Valley.
So is Big Duke unbeatable as his price suggests or is there value tipping an upset Hobart Cup result from the likes of the class local mare Geegees Goldengirl ($7.50) or Scott Brunton’s ultra-consistent Count Da Vinci ($8) shooting for his third win from four starts at the track?
#4 Cool Chap ($4)
Big Duke is all the rage at an odds-on quote to hand Weir his fifth Hobart Cup trophy, but can’t go past the value on four-year-old Cool Chap. This St. Leger winner at Flemington over 1800m also ran third in last year’s SA Derby (2500m) and will eat up these metres. He is in good hands with Kerrin McEvoy riding on 54kg and this time meets the favourite equal in the weights. At the Valley last start he had 60kg to Big Duke’s 56kg so gets the bigger weight advantage. Think he’s overs for sure.
#7 Big Duke ($1.85)
This class import is doing too much right with Weir to rule out of the top two. He is just too short to take for the win even at this weight with his winning form only extending to 2040m so far. How he handles the 2400m will be key to his chances of posting three on the trot and saluting for the punters, and there won’t be much in it either way it falls.
#3 Geegees Goldengirl ($7.50)
Of the local Tasmanian hopes this last start weight-for-age Summer Cup winner is the most likely to hold off the interstate raid. Stuart Gandy’s Wordsmith mare gives a kilo away to Cool Chap and Big Duke, but she is down from 57kg last time out. Won that over 2200m at the track by over three lengths and she ran second in the Hobart Cup last year under more weight. Huge hope at home.
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