2016 Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate & Melbourne Cup Ante-Post Betting Preview

2016 Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate & Melbourne Cup Ante-Post Betting Preview

Punters Sweet on Jam, In The Caulfield Cup

3 huge races are coming-up in Australia and we have live ante-post betting markets on all of them.

The G1 Caulfield Cup takes place on Saturday 15th October, at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. It’s a 1.5 mile contest for horses aged 3 or more. Mongolian Khan won in 2015.

Jameka is the current ante-post favourite. The Oaks-winner is trained by Lee Freedman and is drawn in stall 13.

Freedman sees a German raider as being the biggest threat to his ambitions.

“This horse Articus, he ­impresses me a lot. He’s trained by a canny little German (Andreas Wohler) who is very bubbly. He (Wohler) is happy with his horse.”

The respected trainer said that Exospheric should also run a big race.

“He’s got form around Scottish and he’s got form around Sir Isaac Newton. There is not a lot between these horses and it is who gets there and gets around Caulfield all right.”

Others that look in with a shout include Real Love, Sir John Hawkwood and John O’Shea’s Tally.

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Hartnell To Pip Winx, In The Cox?

Next up is the G1 Cox Plate (Saturday 22nd October) and it will be held at Moonee Valley Racecourse (Melbourne). It’s a weight-for-age event, run over 2040m.

Until very-recently this looked like being a procession, led by Winx – the current darling of Aussie racing. Connections will have choked on their cornflakes, after waking-up to hear that Hartnell will no longer contest the Caulfield Cup and has been switched to the Plate.

A dramatic duel is now in prospect, although Damien Oliver has been bullish about the prospects of French import Vadamos.

“He was very strong and quite keen in his work,” said an obviously impressed Oliver.

“He’s a beautiful big, strong horse and you can see he’s got a touch of class about him. It’s always difficult to line them up from the other side of the world but he’s a last-start Group 1 winner so you’ve certainly got to respect him.”

Vadamos remains a longshot and horses even deeper in the betting are probably place-money hopes at best. They include Black Heart Bart, Hauraki, Lucia Valentina and David Vandyke’s Yankee Rose.

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Martin To Break Aussie Hearts, In The Melbourne Cup?

We have to wait until Monday November 1st for the 2016 renewal of the G1 Melbourne Cup, Australia’s biggest race.

Hartnell also has an entry for this race, as do Jameka, Exospheric and Real Love. UK and Irish raiders could well lead to a few barbeque’s being kicked over, though!

Charlie Appleby is also aiming Scottish at this race, though Secret Number and Big Orange are probably better prospects for the Poms.

It’s the Irish Cavalry that looks a bigger danger though. Wicklow Brave will represent Willie Mullins, while Aidan O’Brien’s Bondi Beach also has strong claims. The 2015 English St Leger winner has yet to reach those heights in 2016, although the Galileo colt has bagged Listed and G3 honours.

Heartbreak City will also carry Irish hopes, but this one faces a huge step-up in class. That hasn’t stopped punters from piling-in, particularly now that Joao Moreira has been booked for the ride.

Could Tony Martin pull off another massive coup?

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2016 Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate & Melbourne Cup Ante-Post Betting Preview
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