This Saturday as the countdown to the 2010 Melbourne Cup continues, another spring carnival Cup is set to take place in Victoria with the $250,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) taking place on Cox Plate Day.
Known this year as the Cathay Pacific Airways Cup, the 2010 Moonee Valley Cup is scheduled as Race 7 at Moonee Valley on Saturday and is due to jump at 4:40pm (AEDST).
Hot favourite in the Moonee Valley Cup betting at Luxbet is the Bart Cummings-trained Precedence paying $3 to win.
JRA Cup winner Precedence is a classy Zabeel gelding seeking a win on Saturday to move them up the order of entry and gain a start in the 150th Emirates Melbourne Cup on Tuesday November 2.
Precedence is in career best form and despite a wide barrier 10 draw, is a top chance in the Moonee Valley Cup.
Other stayers high up the odds for Saturday’s showdown include the Danny O’Brien-trained Group 1 winner Master O’Reilly ($6.50) drawn on the rails, Lee Freedman’s Irish-bred five-year-old Above Average ($7) and eight-year-old Capecover ($9.50).
2010 Moonee Valley Cup Final Field, Barrier Draw & Betting Odds
|1||CAPECOVER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Steven Arnold||14||57||9.50|
|2||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Blake Shinn||10||56.5||3.00|
|3||JESSICABEEL (NZ)||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||5||56||11.00|
|4||BERLIOZ (NZ)||David Hayes||Brad Rawiller||8||56||41.00|
|5||ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE)||Lee Freedman||Damien Oliver||7||56||7.00|
|6||MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Dwayne Dunn||1||55||6.50|
|7||IRAZU||Steve Richards||Steven King||4||55||13.00|
|8||SADDLER’S STORY||Robert Smerdon||Nash Rawiller||3||55||10.00|
|9||AJHAR (USA)||Lee Freedman||Chris Symons||2||55||14.00|
|10||DOOSRA DIAMOND||Bob Challis||Craig Newitt||11||55||41.00|
|11||NIPTIOUS||Danny Curran||Danny Nikolic||6||55||91.00|
|12||MY BENTLEY (NZ)||Michael Kent||–||16||55||10.00|
|13||PERSIAN STAR||Robert Smerdon||Glen Boss||12||54||18.00|
|14||GOLDEN CHARMER||Dan O’Sullivan||–||9||53||101.00|
|15||MONTAHLIA (NZ)||Michael Kent||–||13||53||31.00|
|16e||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Michael Walker||15||53||18.00|
*Odds provided by Luxbet and are subject to change