2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Betting Update

May 1st, 2014

Eleven runners have been confirmed to line up for a tilt at the 2014 Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup this weekend, shaping as a particularly interesting race from a betting point of view and offering punters particularly generous odds.

Leebaz is outright favourite for success in the 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup

Leebaz is outright favourite for success in the 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Contesting a particularly impressive racing career for the in-form Team Hawkes stable so far, Leebaz is clear favourite and punters pick in betting markets for the 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup; currently offered at short $1.85 odds.

Securing five wins and two places from just eight competitive starts to date, Leebaz has quickly shot to the forefront of the up-and-coming middle distance community, having well and truly honed his trade with resounding victories in minor events.

Unlucky not to line up for the Hawkesbury Gold Cup with a perfect record in 2014, the Zabeel gelding strolled home to win both the Ezymart Maiden (1400m) first-up and Pro-Ride Maiden (1600m) on March 20th before producing an incredible turn of foot to finish an unlucky second behind Weary in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) last time out; his maiden appearance in a Group level race.

While allocated the slightly wide barrier nine, the Hawkes’ are confident Leebaz’s recent form and growing class will deliver another impressive victory in the 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

Tied on the second line of betting for success in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, Wistful has gained the market share of wagers from punters so far, who snapped up opening odds of nearly $10 to register the exciting four-year-old as clear market mover at a current quote of $6; even with in-form miler Malavio.

Contesting four wins and three places from just 13 appearances, Wistful has steadily built to the task this time in; unlucky to finish 12th when hampered and blocked for a run in the Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) first-up, and while unable to match the late pace in either of the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) and Group 2 Emancipation Stakes, displayed a key step up in form when second in the Dunkirk Maiden (1600m) last time out.

Allocated the ideal barrier 1 for the Hawkesbury Gold Cup, the Tiger Hill mare offers trainer Peter Snowden a great chance of success this weekend, particularly with jockey Kerrin McEvoy on board.

A particularly consistent performer over his four races starts this preparation; Malavio offers punters great value for money at current $6 odds, or $1.95 for a place.

Running on for fifth amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) first-up, the Snitzel gelding overcame poor position to finish third in the well-contested Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 22nd.

Displaying a strong turn of foot once more when finishing fourth in the Doncaster Prelude, Malavio produced arguably his best run to date when adapting to the poor, rain soaked conditions of the Randwick track on day 1 of The Championships to finish eighth in the featured Group 1 Doncaster Mile, ahead of several big-name entrants.

While allocated the wide barrier 11, trainer Steve Englebrecht is confident Brenton Avdulla will get the most from his runner in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

Interestingly featuring as the only other runner offered at odds of less-than $10, Mouro is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 2 this weekend, and offers particularly great value for money at $8 odds.

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