The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox...
The time-honoured Group 3 $400,000 Bendigo Cup (2400m) takes place on Wednesday in Victoria with a number of the final acceptors still officially entered for the 2021 Melbourne Cup.
On Monday Racing Victoria took 35 fourth acceptors for Tuesday week’s Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Four of those will get a chance to sneak inside the Top 24 on the Melbourne Cup order of entry via a win in the Bendigo Cup with Mosh Music (25th), Amade (29th), Tooradin (=30th) and Constantinople (=30th) yet to secure a run in the ‘race that stops a nation’.
Of those, the best in Bendigo Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is Tooradin who is the current $4.50 second elect in the markets.
Linda Meech rides the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained gelding barrier seven, the horse a son of the 2010 Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double winning French raider Americain.
Tooradin was good winning races at Caulfield (2400m) and Flemington (2500m) recently before he looked outclassed running seventh to Delphi in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes on October 9.
He lines-up against an easier class of rivals here and presents as a genuine winning hope.
The Bendigo Cup odds are firmly led by Tooradin’s stablemate Smokin’ Romans at $3.20 jumping from gate two with Jye McNeil in the saddle.
The classy chestnut enjoyed a hat-trick of recent wins before losing few admirers when a length back second over 2400m at Caulfield on Thousand Guineas Day with 61kg.
He drops notably in weight to just 54kg in the Bendigo Cup field and looks a big chance to end the Melbourne Cup dreams of the four Cup hopefuls in the mix.
In an open edition of the Bendigo Cup the narrow third favourite is Phillip Stokes’ 58kg top weight Amade ($4.80) coming off a fourth to now confirmed Melbourne Cup contender Tralee Rose in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) on October 20.
The Archie Alexander-trained Moshe mare Mosh Music ($12) meanwhile is right on the cusp of a Melbourne Cup start sitting 25th on the ballot.
She needs to improve on her recent string of unplaced runs including a seventh to Nonconformist in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes and eighth to Grand Promenade in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings.
Drawn the rails on Wednesday, recent Terang Cup winner Wentwood coming off a Group 3 Coongy Cup second is the other single-figure Bendigo Cup hope at $7 who is not eyeing a Melbourne Cup run.
2021 Bendigo Cup Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||121x41x804||AMADE (IRE)||Phillip Stokes||Ben Allen||8||58kg||102|
|2||51716×8078||MOSH MUSIC||Archie Alexander||Daniel Moor||9||54.5kg||99|
|3||116x510x42||WENTWOOD (GB)||Maddie Raymond||Harry Coffey||1||54kg||94|
|4||1x90x76070||AKTAU (GB)||Michael Moroney||Michael Dee||3||54kg||92|
|5||3×11222117||TOORADIN||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ms Linda Meech||7||54kg||92|
|6||21345×2446||BARADE (FR)||Archie Alexander||Declan Bates||5||54kg||89|
|7||0x0558x968||CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)||Aaron Purcell||Michael Poy||6||54kg||87|
|8||2172321112||SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jye McNeil||2||54kg||87|
|9||x09x521114||TARAMANSOUR (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Fred Kersley||10||54kg||78|
|10||1423x18x07||SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Dean Yendall||4||54kg||77|
|11||79288611×0||TOKEN SPIRIT||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||Daniel Moor||11||54kg||71|
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