2020 Darwin Cup Nominations & Odds Update

July 28, 2020

2020 Darwin Cup Nominations & Odds Update

Monday sees the ever-popular Darwin Cup 2020 take place on the sand track up in the Northern Territory and of the nominated horses it is the in-form Budget King leading all-in betting.

Live And Free. Photo: Steve Hart.

Recent Hawkesbury Cup runner-up Live And Free is nominated for a run in Monday’s Darwin Cup 2020 field. Photo: Steve Hart.

There were 24 official nominees for this season’s Follow $100,000 Great Northern Darwin Cup (2050m) and all-in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has the Garry Lefoe-trained Budget King as the horse to beat.

Allocated just 54kg, the King Cugat three-year-old looks primed to take on the older horses and will officially race as a four-year-old come Monday with the Horse’s Birthday on August 1.

Formerly with Travis Doudle in Adelaide, Budget King transferred to the Darwin stables of Lefoe this winter and made a big impact in his first start with his new trainer.

On July 22 the up-and-comer won at Darwin over the mile carrying 58kg by a runaway 7.5 lengths and will be flying with four kilos less in the Cup on Monday relishing the step-up in distance.

Ahead of Thursday’s Darwin Cup final acceptances, Budget King sits top of the pre-field markets at $3.20.

Occupying the second line of all-in Darwin Cup betting at $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au is the 61.5kg top weight Ihtsahymn, the rising 10-year-old now based with Rob Gulberti in Broome.

A former Perth-trained Group 2 champion, the veteran has had just the one start in 2020 when runner-up off a nine-month spell over the Darwin mile carrying 62kg on July 22.

It was an impressive return from the evergreen warhorse and defending Darwin Cup champion who won the race in 2019 with Peter Hall aboard with 60.5kg 12 months ago.

The other heaviest-weighted runner in this year’s Darwin Cup weights with 61kg is Gary Clarke’s stable star Savatoxl who follows closely at $4.40 for the win.

Savatoxl beat Ihtsahymn home last start to make it three wins on the trot during the 2020 Darwin Cup Carnival and his champion trainer Clarke is confident the success will continue on Monday despite the horse being yet to win over further than 1600m.

The last of the current single-figure fancies at Darwin Cup odds of $6 is then the fellow Clarke-trained Handsome Return.

The rising eight-year-old son of Handsome Ransom has winning form up to 2300m ahead of his debut at the Darwin track in the Cup.

Formerly with Will Clarken in South Australia, the Adelaide galloper has his first run with Clarke in the Darwin Cup off the back of a win in the Port Adelaide Cup (2300m) on July 5.

Clarke boasts a total of seven Darwin Cup nominees in 2020 with Savatoxl and Handsome Return potentially joined in the field on Monday by the likes of recent Hawkesbury Cup runner-up Live And Free transferred from John O’Shea, Paghman and Autocratic.

Click here for the latest all-in Darwin Cup 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Darwin Cup Nominations & Weights

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3042×15111 SAVATOXL G 5 Gary Clarke 1 61kg 1.0kg 95
2 717×421711 BUDGET KING G 4 Garry Lefoe 2 54kg 71
3 70x111x3x2 IHTSAHYMN G 10 Rob Gulberti 3 61.5kg 97
4 x9204x2707 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) G 6 Gary Clarke 4 59.5kg 89
5 3228728×96 TURNBERRY G 6 Stephen Brown 5 57.5kg 85
6 3697x30x90 MALAISE G 7 Dick Leech 6 57kg 84
7 x655218335 LOTION G 9 Angela Forster 7 56.5kg 83
8 8×74734021 HANDSOME RETURN (NZ) G 8 Gary Clarke 8 54kg 77
9 19×7257323 ASH GREY G 8 Terry Gillett 9 54kg 76
10 7442218858 PINZU (NZ) G 8 Chris Pollard 10 54kg 74
11 266×214224 PAGHMAN G 5 Gary Clarke 11 54kg 72
12 x72117x347 SAFETY DANCE G 6 Dick Leech 12 54kg 70
13 x79x0x5117 AUTOCRATIC G 4 Gary Clarke 13 54kg 68
14 3200×41721 ROSHERVILLE G 6 Tayarn Halter 14 54kg 68
15 2322×53768 ALASSAK G 7 Garry Lefoe 15 54kg 67
16 x623329463 MAZZARO G 6 Tayarn Halter 16 54kg 66
17 0x79x11132 ESCONDIDO G 4 Gary Clarke 17 54kg 64
18 40800×4532 BULL MARKET G 6 Angela Forster 18 54kg 64
19 234×009759 TABLE OF WISDOM G 7 Kym Healy 19 54kg 64
20 6261531414 RECORDING TO WIN M 5 Philip Cole 20 54kg 63
21 5503111649 SWANKYTOFF G 5 Nicole Bruggemann 21 54kg 62
22 2123222124 COUNT OF ESSEX G 6 Gary Clarke 22 54kg 62
23 7533433×52 ZAP G 6 Dick Leech 23 54kg 61
24 4452×6415 HAPPY BIBI G 4 Sherrie Lawlor 24 54kg 56

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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