2020 Darwin Cup Field & Betting Update: Savatoxl New Favourite

July 31, 2020

2020 Darwin Cup Field & Betting Update: Savatoxl New Favourite

The coveted Darwin Cup 2020 closes a bumper 12-race card up in the Northern Territory on Monday and betting on the popular clash has Savatoxl as the big market mover.

Live And Free. Photo: Steve Hart.

Recent Hawkesbury Cup runner-up Live And Free runs in Monday’s Darwin Cup 2020 field. Photo: Steve Hart.

Money has been pouring in for the Kuroshio gelding, prepared by leading Darwin horseman Gary Clarke, to keep his outstanding season going with a fourth win on the trot in the Follow $100,000 Great Northern Darwin Cup (2050m).

The Darwin Cup field features a dozen middle-distance gallopers with Savatoxl carrying 61kg with Kim Gladwin continuing associations.

Formerly prepared by Will Savage, Savatoxl has been in flying form since joining Clarke’s stables winning all three of his winter runs at the Darwin track with Gladwin in the saddle.

Last time out he carted 60.5kg to victory as the odds-on favourite in the $40,000 Metric Mile (1600m) where he defeated reigning Darwin Cup winner Ihtsahymn by one and a half lengths.

On Monday, Savatoxl steps out over further than a mile for the first time in a year and chases his first win over the distance.

Both his previous 2000m runs however netted top three placings and the punters are coming for him in a big with the rising five-year-old backed in from $4.50 to clear $3.80 favouritism in Darwin Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Following closely in the Darwin Cup odds at a current quote of $4 is the Garry Lefoe-trained lightweight Budget King chasing a hat-trick of wins and carrying the 54kg minimum.

Paul Shiers rides the King Cugat gelding who officially turns four on the Horse’s Birthday on Monday.

Budget King has had 10 starts to date for four wins and two other minor placings, the former Adelaide-trained galloper debuting for Lefoe at the Darwin track on July 22.

He made a huge impact winning over the mile by a runaway 7.5 lengths carrying 58kg and will be flashing home with the four kilo drop in weight for the Darwin Cup on Monday.

The youngster is also already proven over the distance making him a genuine danger on Monday.

The other best in Darwin Cup 2020 betting at $4.40 and found at the other end of the weight scale is last year’s aforementioned champion Ihtsahymn carrying 61.5kg.

Peter Hall partners the veteran galloper, the grey turning 10 on Monday, chasing back-to-back Darwin Cup wins after his success on the warhorse last winter.

Since last year’s Darwin Cup win where Ihtsahymn carted 60.5kg to victory, the son of Ihtiram has had just the two starts.

The latest was the first-up second to Savatoxl in the Metric Mile when brave in defeat under the heft 62kg weight allocation.

A former Group 1 winner of Perth’s Kingston Town Classic way back in 2013, Ihtsahymn has career start number 62 on Monday and the $1.5 million should never be underestimated.

Two other runners are also at single-figures for the win with Handsome Return ($6) and Live And Free ($9) also both representing Clarke.

Evergreen galloper Handsome Return is a rising eight-year-old lining-up for his 31st start in the Darwin Cup for his first run at the track.

A well-weighted hope carrying just 54kg, the former South Australian galloper was trained by Will Clarken before changing to Clarke ahead of the Darwin Cup bid.

Last seen winning the Port Adelaide Cup over 2300m carrying 58kg, the light weight and drop in distance both suit Handsome Return who looks nice value for Monday’s feature race.

Live And Free meanwhile carries 59.5kg for his first run as a six-year-old, the recent Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup runner-up having his second start for the stable since transferring from John O’Shea.

His first-up Darwin run produced a seventh in the Metric Mile, but the bookies are tipping an improved effort off that with a run on the sand track now behind him.

Click here for the latest Darwin Cup 2020 odds on the final field thanks to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Darwin Cup Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 70x111x3x2 IHTSAHYMN Rob Gulberti Peter Hall 0 61.5kg 97
2 3042×15111 SAVATOXL Gary Clarke Kim Gladwin 0 61kg 1.0kg 95
3 x9204x2707 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) Gary Clarke Jarrod Todd 0 59.5kg 89
4 3228728×96 TURNBERRY Stephen Brown Robbie Fradd 0 57.5kg 85
5 3697x30x90 MALAISE Dick Leech Sairyn Fawke 0 57kg 84
6 x655218335 LOTION Angela Forster Paul Gatt 0 56.5kg 83
7 8×74734021 HANDSOME RETURN (NZ) Gary Clarke Paul Denton 0 54kg 77
8 19×7257323 ASH GREY Terry Gillett Terry Treichel 0 54kg 76
9 266×214224 PAGHMAN Gary Clarke Wayne Davis 0 54kg 72
10 717×421711 BUDGET KING Garry Lefoe Paul Shiers 0 54kg 71
11 x72117x347 SAFETY DANCE Dick Leech Ms Anna Jordsjo (a) 0 54kg 70
12 3200×41721 ROSHERVILLE Tayarn Halter Raymond Vigar 0 54kg 68

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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