Avilius Leads Australian Cup 2020 Nominations & Betting

January 24, 2020

Avilius Leads Australian Cup 2020 Nominations & Betting

Godolphin galloper Avilius is tipped to improve on an unplaced run in the race last year leading all-in 2020 Australian Cup betting following this week’s nominations on the Super Saturday feature.

Avilius. Photo: Steve Hart.

Avilius is early favourite to win the 2020 Australian Cup on Super Saturday at Flemington. Photo: Steve Hart.

Flemington’s Super Saturday runs on March 8 and is host to both the Group 1 $1.25 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m).

Early Australian Cup 2020 nominations attracted 67 weight-for-age hopefuls with updated markets at Ladbrokes.com.au posting the James Cummings-trained Avilius as the $9 favourite.

Avilius ran fifth to the Lindsay Park-trained Harlem who successfully defended his title in the 2019 edition of the race.

In a blanket finish, under a length and a half separated first and fifth in the Australian Cup results and Avilius lost few admirers going down as the beaten odds-on favourite.

He quickly atoned in Sydney taking out the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) – Tancred Stakes (2400m) double by a combined 4.6 lengths in the wet.

Pivotal six-year-old Avilius had a subsequent five runs in the spring including a Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) win at Randwick and is now looking to extend his elite level tally in Melbourne over the autumn.

It is shaping-up as a thrilling edition of the Australian Cup in 2020 with the dual defending champion Harlem also among the entries as a $41 roughie to enjoy a hattrick of wins for the first time in history.

Second favourite in the all-in Australian Cup odds at $12 is the Danny O’Brien-trained Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare.

The Declaration of War four-year-old made history as the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking (2009) when improving on a Caulfield Cup second to win the world’s richest handicap at Flemington over the two miles last November.

O’Brien is now weighing up autumn options for his $5.7 million earner including nominating Vow And Declare for an Australian Cup bid ahead of Sydney’s $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 11.

“There’s some chance he could run in the Australian Cup. My original plan was to run him first-up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, but I’m really pleased with him and he could have a start before that,” O’Brien told the Herald Sun.

“I’ll just see how he’s going and make a decision down the track.”

Other notable Australian Cup nominees this Melbourne Festival of Racing include Vow And Declare’s VRC Oaks winning stablemate Miami Bound, Victoria Derby champ Warning and Toorak Handicap – Cantala Stakes double winner Fierce Impact.

Australian Cup 2020 first acceptances close on February 18 with the latest odds on the race available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Australian Cup Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 71115x ACTING (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2 512×72 ANTAGONISER C 3 Mark Kavanagh
3 306x75720x ARISTIA M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
4 45x143276x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees
5 511x42147x AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings
6 x41x33240x BEAU BALMAIN (GER) G 5 Jim Conlan
7 69x37112x BLANDFORD LAD (NZ) G 4 Peter Gelagotis
8 14083x100x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9 6x3206620x CLIFF’S EDGE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
10 x14236421x CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 1x2122240x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
12 4x13141x0x DANCETERIA (FR) G 5 Kris Lees
13 5237x5955x DANZDANZDANCE M 5 Chris Waller
14 1x114x870x DEBT AGENT (NZ) G 7 Jim Conlan
15 212182115x DR DRILL (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
16 55521850×6 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 8 James Cummings
17 x6720x211x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 6 Matthew Smith
18 0x6768256x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
19 16x042874x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander
20 009x02514x GREYSFUL GLAMOUR M 4 Mark Newnham
21 4x1333x GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman
22 19x006380x HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
23 113x HEART OF PUISSANCE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
24 2172x1260x HOMESMAN (USA) G 6 Anthony Freedman
25 x16621816x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
26 771471108x INVERLOCH (IRE) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
27 14x000x846 JACK REGAN (GB) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
28 36Px58166x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
29 112x4501x KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller
30 1x50211x8x LEVENDI H 5 Peter Gelagotis
31 0x3246077x MASK OF TIME (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
32 x322x2311x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
33 3x113411x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien
34 0x1322x30x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
35 47x278822x MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg
36 71x3x156x MUGATOO (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees
37 430x22501x MUSHAIREB (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman
38 1x7235160x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees
39 0x8070903x NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
40 000x59260x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
41 54424×5214 ODEON (NZ) G 6 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
42 4x3512113x OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees
43 138x11230x PLATOON G 4 Neville Parnham
44 x44x23960x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees
45 x1170x540x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees
46 1211x2161x REGAL POWER G 4 Grant & Alana Williams
47 123x RELOADED C 3 Chris Waller
48 31x2206x83 RISING RED (NZ) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
49 2211x SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
50 214x3115x SHADOW HERO G 3 Mark Newnham
51 611x111x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller
52 425×685113 SKELM G 5 Terry Kelly
53 50x125040x SO SI BON G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
54 048x07005x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney
55 326441301x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
56 899440490x STARS OF CARRUM G 4 Michael Kent
57 113x1651x SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman
58 01141x THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
59 7313027x VEGAS KNIGHT G 3 Colin Little
60 903x71502x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 8 Michael Moroney
61 10328x277x VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 6 Danny O’Brien
62 2111x9410x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
63 36621x421x VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien
64 74x34121x WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman
65 1x1850x23x YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
66 59x878730x YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller
67 23111x7L0x YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

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