2024 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup Field & Betting Update: Aurora’s Symphony Chases Three-Peat

February 27, 2024

2024 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup Field & Betting Update: Aurora’s Symphony Chases Three-Peat

Symon Wilde’s dual defending champion Aurora’s Symphony is out to make history with a third consecutive victory in the Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 2024 in Tasmania this Wednesday.

Excelleration

Excelleration is one of the key challengers in the 2024 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup field this Wednesday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

This year’s Group 3 $300,000 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup (2400m) field features 10 smart, summer stayers dominated by Aurora’s Symphony chasing an historic three-peat from a favourable barrier two draw.

Wilde’s talented Glass Harmonium seven-year-old is out to be the first three-time Launceston Cup champion since St. Andrews (2000, 2002, 2003).

The gun gelding is still showing a terrific zest for racing having won his two latest lead-ups including a dominant 2.75 length romp home in this month’s Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) with 59.5kg.

Aurora’s

He had the same barrier (2) and jockey (Jordan Childs) as he does in the Launceston Cup field this week, but goes up in weight again allocated a hefty 61.5kg.

Despite the big weight Aurora’s Symphony remains favourite in Launceston Cup betting at a current quote of $3.40 at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au.

The danger occupying the second line of betting and the early Launceston Cup market mover backed in from $6.50 to $3.90 is the Richard Cully-trained Excelleration in gate four with Harry Coffey aboard.

This seven-year-old from Ballarat has his first start at the Launceston track and chases his first victory over further than 2000m.

The 2400m may be a query, but Excelleration was excellent last time out taking out the Great Western Cup with 59.5kg by 4.25 lengths.

He drops back to just 54kg as he goes up in grade and distance for the Launceston Cup and has support to handle the challenge.

In an open market a further three runners are also at single-figure Launceston Cup odds with Ciaron Maher’s Hobart Cup runner-up Wyclif ($8.50), third place-getter out of the same key lead-up Grand Pierro ($4.60) to be ridden by Craig Williams, and the Patrick Payne-trained Alhambra Lad ($5).

The Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 2024 is scheduled as Race 8 at 4:54pm (AEDT) on Wednesday’s 10-race card with full markets available from Ladbrokes.com.au by clicking here.

2024 Launceston Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11280×7011 AURORA’S SYMPHONY Symon Wilde Jordan Childs 2 61.5kg 107
2 1122×76218 ALHAMBRA LAD (NZ) Patrick Payne Jye McNeil 6 55.5kg 95
3 x013952852 WYCLIF (GB) Ciaron Maher Ms Carleen Hefel 9 54kg 90
4 x462146433 GRAND PIERRO Jason Warren Craig Williams 5 54kg 89
5 635×121124 ASHY BOY Glenn Stevenson Craig Newitt 3 54kg 88
6 141x22x551 EXCELLERATION Richard Cully Harry Coffey 4 54kg 86
7 61x6x05747 ASSARANCA Barry Campbell Anthony Darmanin 10 54kg 80
8 5×68750776 RISING LIGHT Gaetan Delon Ms Codi Jordan (late alt) 1 54kg 79
9 3689361301 I’M SO COOL John Keys David Pires 8 54kg 70
10 3112P73243 VINTAGE DIESEL (NZ) John Blacker Ms Sigrid Carr 7 54kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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