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A quality field of 14 stayers chasing a start in the great Melbourne Cup race on the first Tuesday of November face off this Wednesday in an excellent edition of the 2021 Geelong Cup.
A popular spring lead-up for gallopers eyeing a run in the Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington, the Group 3 $400,000 Geelong Cup (2400m) headlines the mid-week racing action in Victoria.
The latest Geelong Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Symon Wilde’s consistent and classy mare Tralee Rose as the firming $2.60 favourite.
She chases her first win since a three and a half length romp home in Morphettville’s Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) back in February, after which she ran fourth as the beaten odds-on favourite in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) over the two miles.
This prep the five-year-old daughter of Tavistock has had three runs in Melbourne finishing in the money each time, including her Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) third two back behind subsequent Caulfield Cup runner-up Nonconformist.
She went on to place second last time out behind Grand Promenade in Flemington’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) from the outside barrier (16 of 16) and is drawn to get a better from barrier four on Wednesday, albeit going up in weight to 55.5kg.
Three other runners are under double-figures in the latest Geelong Cup odds online with Linda Meech to ride the $6.50 second elect Hasta La War from one outside the favourite in gate five for Sue Murphy.
The Declaration Of War six-year-old remains lightly-raced with 18 starts for seven wins and five other placings, his last run being a third behind Delphi in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on October 9.
The Patrick Payne-trained Defibrillate ($7.50) and Knights Order ($8) for the Waterhouse/Bott stable are the other best in betting.
A son of 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, seven-year-old Defibrillate has his 20th career start in the Geelong Cup and comes off back-to-back fourths in similar grade.
He was under two lengths beaten in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at The Valley in late September before finish three and a half away in the Herbert Power Stakes over the mile and a half.
Knights Order is third-up and looking to atone for two unplaced lead-ups, the winter’s Group 2 Brisbane Cup winner over 3200m last seen running 11th when nine lengths beaten in The Bart Cummings.
Imported Frankel eight-year-old Mirage Dancer ($18) chasing his first win since the 2021 The Metropolitan in Sydney carries the top weight (58.5kg) from gate 13 with John Allen in the saddle, while the reigning Victoria Derby winner Johnny Get Angry is an 80/1 outsider and easing to return to his better form.
2021 Geelong Cup Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||308×826845||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||John Allen||13||58.5kg||104|
|2||11166×8244||DEFIBRILLATE (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Billy Egan||3||58kg||103|
|3||329431×009||JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ)||Denis Pagan||Lachlan King (a)||7||58kg||103|
|4||43x8511x90||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Jordan Childs||8||58kg||103|
|5||x121x41x80||AMADE (IRE)||Phillip Stokes||Ben Allen||9||57.5kg||102|
|6||5x57170x50||LE DON DE VIE (GB)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Damien Oliver||6||57kg||101|
|7||35×5282536||DR DRILL (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Brett Prebble||10||55.5kg||98|
|8||112114×332||TRALEE ROSE (NZ)||Symon Wilde||Dean Holland||4||55.5kg||102|
|9||0x31851447||THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Damian Lane||12||55kg||97|
|10||00x00x5030||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||Ben & JD Hayes||Harry Coffey||14||54kg||95|
|11||4013x7x2x8||WEEKENDER (GB)||Lindsey Smith||Blaike McDougall||2||54kg||93|
|12||528434×172||BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jye McNeil||11||54kg||90|
|13||4x16123x00||LONG ARM (IRE)||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Williams||1||54kg||90|
|14||2x547x7713||HASTA LA WAR||Sue Murphy||Ms Linda Meech||5||54kg||85|
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