2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Betting Preview and Tips

May 2nd, 2014

Just ten runners will line up for the 2014 Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) this weekend after trainer Scott Aspery elected to remove outside chance Star Wars from the final field; offering punters several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Malavio is a good chance of success in this weekend's Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup

Malavio is a good chance of success in this weekend's Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

A standout performer of the in-form Team Hawkes stable, Leebaz has opened as and maintained favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, currently offered at short $1.75 odds ahead of Wistful ($6), Malavio ($6.50) and Mouro $10.

While Leebaz continue his sensational run of form through the 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, or will one of his talented rivals cause the day’s biggest upset?

1st

Leebaz ($1.75)

Securing an impressive record of five wins and two seconds from only eight race starts to date, Leebaz has well and truly stamped his claims as one of the country’s most exciting up-and-comers and will be particularly difficult to beat with in-form jockey James McDonald on board this weekend. Unlucky not to line up for the 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup on the back of three consecutive victories, the Zabeel gelding claimed the Ezymart Maiden (1400m) first-up on February 22nd before strolling home to win the Pro-Ride Maiden (1600m). Displaying a memorable turn of foot to run on for second in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) last time out, Leebaz has experience in overcoming wide barrier draws and is without doubt favourite to win the Hawkesbury Gold Cup this weekend.

2nd

Malavio ($6.50)

A consistent performer over four races starts this time in; Malavio represents excellent value for money at $6.50 odds to win the Hawkesbury Gold Cup this weekend despite drawing the wide and awkward barrier 11. Securing a total of nine wins and four places from 30 race starts to date, Malavio ran on from the rear of the field to finish fifth in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) first-up on March 8th, displaying a keen turn of foot to claim third in the particularly well-contested Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 22nd. Unlucky to finish fourth in the Doncaster Prelude on April 5th, the Snitzel gelding accounted for the heavy going of the soaked Randwick track in the major Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) last time out, and while finishing eighth, beat several previous Group 1 champions and in-form entrants to the line.

3rd

Mouro ($10)

Winning seven of 16 starts and placing in a further five, Mouro arguably offered punters the best value for money in betting markets for the 2014 Hawkesbury Cup at particularly generous $10 odds, or $2.55 for a place. While unable to figure in the Doncaster Mile last time out, the Grand Slam entire strolled home to win the Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) first-up on March 1st before being unlucky when blocked for a run in the Ajax Stakes on March 22nd. Allocated the ideal barrier two, Mouro will be partnered by jockey Tim Clarke and is a great chance of success in the 2014 Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

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