Noir De Rue Heads 2023 Darwin Cup Field & Betting

August 4, 2023

Noir De Rue Heads 2023 Darwin Cup Field & Betting

Jason Manning’s evergreen nine-year-old Noir De Rue is favourite to win Monday’s Darwin Cup 2023 at his third attempt in the Top End’s greatest race.

Lake's Folly

Lake’s Folly is one of the key contenders in Monday’s popular 2023 Darwin Cup event. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

This season’s $200,000 Great Northern Darwin Cup (2050m) steals the show at Fannie Bay bringing to an end the always popular Darwin Cup Carnival in the Northern Territory.

The Darwin Cup field features a quality line-up of stayers with this year’s hefty 62kg top-weight, Noir De Rue, dominating the markets at $4.40 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The favourite gets the rails run from gate one with Vanessa Arnott continuing associations with the veteran son of Blackfriars who has his 71st career start.

He has won four of his past five starts all at the Darwin track and chases a hat-trick after lead-up victories in the Gold Cup (1300m) and Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m).

Noir De Rue carted 59kg to a nearly three-length win over the mile here last time out and has previous winning form up to 2200m.

Monday marks his third attempt at Darwin Cup success following his third to Highly Decorated in 2021 and fourth last year behind Playoffs.

The danger occupying the second line of Darwin Cup betting at $5 is the Sheila Arnold-trained Lake’s Folly.

Anthony Darmanin rides the Pierro seven-year-old in the big one taking over from Mark Pegus who was aboard for the horse’s impressive three-length lead-up win at the track and trip in the Buntine Handicap.

Lake’s Folly carted 57.5kg to victory there earlier in the Carnival and will be flying returning to the same course and distance but with 54kg on Monday.

In an open top half of the markets a further three runners are also under double-figure Darwin Cup odds including the early market mover Wolfburn.

The punters have come hard and fast for Gary Clarke’s airborne local chestnut who has been well-backed in from $13 to $7.

The five-year-old son of Snitzel has a brilliant Darwin strike-rate (8:4-2-0).

He had 59.5kg on his back on July 19 when posting a two-length win over the mile here with another win pending back down to 54kg in the big one with Jarrod Todd aboard from an ideal gate four draw.

The fellow Clarke-trained Grandslam ($8.50) out to return to better form after a disappointing recent season and Chief Minister’s Cup third place-getter Write Your Name ($9) for local horseman Dick Leech round out the single-figure Darwin Cup contenders this year.

The 2023 Darwin Cup is set to run as Race 10 at 5:35pm (ACST) as the last on Monday’s Fannie Bay race card with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2023 Darwin Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 34x11x2x11 NOIR DE RUE Jason Manning Ms Vanessa Arnott 1 62kg 98
2 58x37000x0 GRANDSLAM Gary Clarke John Allen 6 59kg 91
3 46x81565x8 MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) Neil Dyer Aaron Sweeney 13 58.5kg 90
4 4661111×83 WRITE YOUR NAME Dick Leech Paul Shiers 3 55.5kg 84
5 1x4804x961 LAKE’S FOLLY Sheila Arnold Anthony Darmanin 9 54kg 81
6 613211×724 SANBLAS Heather Lehmann Adam Nicholls 5 54kg 79
7 x583252216 DESERT LASS Carrol Hunter Ms Casey Hunter 8 54kg 78
8 0x4613x561 HE’S THE ULTIMATE (NZ) Chloe Baxter Wayne Davis 14 54kg 77
9 22×6615141 WOLFBURN Gary Clarke Jarrod Todd 4 54kg 76
10 99x8x52655 KAONIC (NZ) Neil Dyer Stan Tsaikos 11 54kg 73
11 1x95095x67 VALLABAR Gary Clarke Dom Tourneur 7 54kg 71
12 x344406731 ANPHINA Kerry Petrick Paul Denton 10 54kg 69
13e x223221342 IRONEDGE Ella Clarke Ms Alice Lindsay 12 54kg 70
14e 18×0875612 GRINZINGER BISHOP (NZ) Kym Healy 2 54kg 68

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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