2014 Caulfield Cup Betting Update

October 16th, 2014

A particularly classy field has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Lucia Valentina tops Caulfield Cup betting for 2014

Lucia Valentina tops Caulfield Cup betting for 2014. Picture: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having returned to racing in typically scintillating form this time in, Lucia Valentina has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in Caulfield Cup betting markets and is currently available at generous odds of $4.60 for success at Ladbrokes.com.au after drawing barrier 12.

Securing a commendable record of five wins and a further three minor places from her 12 competitive appearances of course to date, Lucia Valentina began her racing tenure under the care of kiwi trainer Stephen Marsh before transferring to the care of Newcastle-based Kris Lees at the beginning of the year.

Running a credible third in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) first-up on March 8th, the Savabeel mare appeared outclassed when finishing 12th in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 22nd, but responded in the best way possible when breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of racing in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on April 5th; returning to the paddock after running third in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).

Displaying an exceptional turn of foot to win the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) first-up this time, Lucia Valentina was unlucky to be blocked for a run in the final straight when sixth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 20th but secured 2014 Caulfield Cup favouritism when comfortably winning the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) last time out on October 4th.

Charged with carrying just 53kgs, Lucia Valentina is an exceptional chance of major success in the 2014 Caulfield Cup and is worth consideration for a bet.

Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at a quote of less than $10 in Caulfield Cup betting markets, Japanese sensation Bande has cut in from opening odds of $9 to currently register at even $8 odds.

A standout performer in Japan over the 2014 calendar so far, several parallels have been drawn between Bande’s form line leading into his Australian assault and that of Delta Blues, who famously became the first Japanese horse to take out the Melbourne Cup in 2006.

Contesting an exceptional total of five wins and three minor places from his 12 career starts so far, the Authorized entire finished a strong third behind Gold Ship and fellow Caulfield Cup acceptor Admire Rakti in the Group 2 Hanshin Daishoten Stakes (3000m) on March and has since placed third in the Listed Osaka-Hamburg Cup (2400m) and won the Listed Sapporo Nikkei (2600m).

Allocated 56.6kgs, trainer Yoshito Yahagi was thrilled to have drawn the central barrier 10 and is confident of maiden Australian success with Bande in the 2014 Caulfield Cup.

Yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in Caulfield Cup betting markets, top-weight and fellow Japanese entrant Admire Rakti currently features as sole occupant of the third line at $11 odds.

Running second in the Hanshin Daishoten most notably this year, Admire Rakti’s proven experience over the distance is likely to be key in the 2014 Caulfield Cup.

Contesting six wins and a further eleven minors over his 26 race career so far, the Heart’s Cry entire has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton in the 2014 Caulfield Cup and will use his run on Saturday largely as a tune-up leading into the Melbourne Cup.

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