Lunar Flare Leads 2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Field & Odds

October 24, 2023

Lunar Flare Leads 2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Field & Odds

Grahame Begg’s Melbourne Cup-bound mare Lunar Flare dominates markets for her lead-up run under the lights at The Valley on Friday night where she’ll start favourite in 2023 Ladbrokes Moonee Valley Gold Cup betting.

Lunar Flare

Lunar Flare is favourite to take out the 2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup on Friday night. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Group 2 $750,000 Ladbrokes Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) is the highlight of Friday evening’s twilight meeting to kick off the Cox Plate Carnival with a quality field of spring stayers engaged.

Eight-year-old Fiorente mare Lunar Flare is the one to beat paying $3.50 to win through race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au as she makes her way towards the Group 1 $8.41 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 7.

She is one of four horses exempt from Melbourne Cup ballot after her powerhouse performance to win the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m) by 5.5 lengths at Flemington back in May.

Lunar Flare has had three runs since this spring with her latest being a fifth to Gold Trip in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at 80/1.

The Turnbull is proving a strong form race for the season and that is expected to continue in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup when Lunar Flare jumps from barrier three with Michael Dee continuing associations.

The danger at current Moonee Valley Gold Cup odds of $5 is Danny O’Brien’s former Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare.

The now eight-year-old gelding won the ‘race that stops a nation’ back in 2019 but continues to show a zest for racing.

At his latest he surprised plenty at 60/1 to finish runner-up to Alligator Blood, who runs second favourite in Saturday’s Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m), on October 14 in the Group 1 Might And Power (2000m) at Caulfield.

He had 59kg that day and is back to 57kg in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup at set weights plus penalties.

It is a tight top half of the market with a further two single-figure fancies with Future History ($7) and Cleveland ($7.50) also being kept safe.

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Future History is racing in terrific form and is another guaranteed runner in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field after his last start Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) victory.

Craig Williams retains the ride on the Showcasing six-year-old this weekend from out wide in barrier 13 of 15.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainers Maher & Eustace also saddle-up $10 shot Interpretation from barrier 14 with in-form hoop Blake Shinn in the saddle.

Camelot entire Cleveland meanwhile will jump from barrier nine with James McDonald aboard the Sydney visitor.

Trainer Chris Waller has prepared three of the past seven Moonee Valley Gold Cup winners including last year’s champ Francesco Guardi (2022).

This spring he returns with two runners saddling-up last year’s Cox Plate third place-getter El Bodegon ($13) looking to return to better form and Sheraz ($31) who was scratched from Wednesday’s Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) in favour of a run here.

Click here for the latest Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2023 odds thanks to race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 Ladbrokes Moonee Valley Gold Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 39x8663x00 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 7 58kg 107
2 6x69x00x05 ALENQUER (FR) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 12 58kg 110
3 1x22460x02 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 11 57kg 108
4 537Px99118 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea Damian Lane 1 56.5kg 99
5 2x858x5861 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 15 56.5kg 99
6 9x0050x806 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 56kg 97
7 1154×72121 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 13 56kg 99
8 6x70x05029 REGAL POWER John Leek (Jnr) Wiremu Pinn (a) 2 55kg 100
9 x3x907x009 EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller 6 55kg 109
10 302813×808 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 10 55kg 90
11 72x295x080 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller 4 55kg 102
12 26x50x4962 CLEVELAND (IRE) Kris Lees James McDonald 9 55kg 102
13 6536Px3259 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Blake Shinn 14 55kg 95
14 2x7931x805 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 3 54.5kg 107
15 x820200x70 SO DAZZLING (NZ) John Sargent Dean Yendall 8 51kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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