2023 Australian Cup Field & Betting Update: Cascadian Backs-Up From All-Star Mile

March 22, 2023

2023 Australian Cup Field & Betting Update: Cascadian Backs-Up From All-Star Mile

Godolphin’s evergreen veteran Cascadian on the quick back-up is tipped to go one better than his All-Star Mile second and return to winning form as favourite in Australian Cup 2023 betting this weekend at Flemington.

2022 Hill Stakes Winner Cascadian

Veteran eight-year-old from the Godolphin stable, Cascadian, is one of the favourites to win Flemington’s 2023 Australian Cup this weekend in Victoria. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Group 1 $3 million Australian Cup (2000m) has moved to its own feature race day at HQ this autumn with the field for the weight-for-age classic attracting a capacity line-up.

Donning the number one saddlecloth is the James Cummings-trained favourite Cascadian.

The eight-year-old has his 47th career start on the weekend and races at Flemington for the ninth time chasing his first win at the track.

The latest Australian Cup odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au have him as the $4.20 firming favourite to break his Flemington hoodoo on the quick seven-day turnaround.

Last weekend at Moonee Valley he was huge in the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) running second to Mr Brightside.

He is fit third-up and ready to fire again in the Australian Cup field from barrier 11 with Ben Melham retaining the ride.

Cascadian is proven at the 2000m distance and is after his first victory since the Group 3 Craven Plate (1800m) at Randwick last October.

The dangers occupying the second line of Australian Cup betting on Saturday at an equal $7.50 are Grahame Begg’s last start Group 2 Blamey Stakes winner Nonconformist and the flying Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Right You Are.

Ben Allen rides ultra-consistent So You Think six-year-old Right You Are from barrier eight on the weekend where the horse is out to extend a phenomenal five-straight winning streak.

He boasts some good form at both the track and distance ahead of his notable rise to Group 1 company on the back of a 1.25 length win in the Australian Cup Prelude (2000m) here on March 11 with two kilos less on his back.

Maher & Eustace saddle-up three horses in total in Saturday’s Melbourne feature with Right You Are joined by last start Group 2 Peter Young Stakes winning Frankle mare Steinem ($11) and Smokin’ Romans ($23).

The last of the single-figure fancies looking good value to break a two-year winning drought is the Annable Neasham-trained Mo’unga ($8).

The former Rosehill Guineas winner has not been first past the post since beating Verry Elleegant home in the Group 1 Winx Stakes at Randwick in August of 2021.

He is now out to improve on his subsequent string of impressive but frustrating minor placings this weekend racing fit fourth-up off three Sydney lead-ups.

His latest was just last weekend behind runaway international Dubai Honour in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) when crossing a well-beaten third, an effort he can improve on here heading south.

Mo’unga was good at Flemington during last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival when runner-up to Zaaki in the Group 1 VRC Champions Stakes (2000m), and is out to frank that form on the weekend back at headquarters.

The Australian Cup 2023 is set to run as Flemington Race 7 at 4:20pm (AEDT) with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2023 Australian Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x341154x52 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 11 59kg 113
2 x4411x46x7 REGAL POWER John Leek (Jnr) Craig Newitt 10 59kg 109
3 032852×533 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Daniel Moor 15 59kg 112
4 22x87670x1 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 14 59kg 107
5 5x15812x53 EMISSARY (GB) Michael Moroney Blake Shinn 19 59kg 104
6 x921177x88 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Beau Mertens 5 59kg 109
7 211x2250x4 NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 1 59kg 109
8 2x61011x10 MAROCCHINO Lou Luciani Troy Turner 13 59kg 103
9 x343511111 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 8 59kg 104
10 32120423×0 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 3 59kg 104
11 1258211126 POUNDING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 59kg 104
12 56x46612x7 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 16 57kg 105
13 28x3381x84 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Patrick Moloney 6 57kg 105
14 96x05232x1 STEINEM (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 12 57kg 105
15 7x218x2741 BANK MAUR Richard Laming Jye McNeil 7 54.5kg 95
16 91x132x88 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Blaike McDougall 2 54.5kg 82
17e x24142x565 YAPHET Cliff Brown 18 59kg 84
18e 4122211422 CAMPIONESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 4 57kg 103
19e 332652x1x0 BEAR STORY (IRE) Clinton McDonald Daniel Stackhouse 17 59kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

 

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