2010 Moonee Valley Cup Preview

October 21st, 2010

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

No. Horse Trainer Rider Br. Weight 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