2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Odds and Betting Update

April 30th, 2015

Eighteen runners remain in contention for Saturday’s featured Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) following the scratching of leading contender Laser Hawk; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Ecuador currently shares favouritsm in 2015 Hawkesbury Cup betting markets with Medcaut. Photo: Steve Hart

Ecuador currently shares favouritsm in 2015 Hawkesbury Cup betting markets with Medcaut. Photo: Steve Hart

Ecuador and Medcaut have both returned to racing in competitive form this time and as a result, have opened as and maintained status as tied favourites in 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au at a particularly generous $6.50 quote each.

Finishing outside the first three only twice in thirteen career starts, Ecuador has been a strong and consistent performer for Gai Waterhouse since debuting to racing in 2013.

Having not been seen at the races since running a credible fourth in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) towards the beginning of the 2014 Autumn Carnival, the High Chaparral gelding returned to competition for a close second in a Randwick minor over 1400m a fortnight ago but will need some luck in running on Saturday from the awkward barrier 12.

Another in-form runner for Godolphin Australia, Medcaut has posted five wins and a further six minors through his 16 career starts and is more than worth consideration for a 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup bet after drawing the ideal barrier 4.

Interestingly yet to make a transition to black type racing, the Commands gelding charged home to win the TheRaces.com.au BM85 (1400m) first-up this time before placing a credible third amongst notably company in the TAB Rewards Royal Randwick BM100 (1400m) last time out.

Confirmed to be partnered by leading hoop Tommy Berry, Medcaut has been charged with carrying just 54kgs this weekend.

Godolphin is offered three good chances of success in the 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup and Malice currently figures as sole occupant of the second line of betting at generous $7.50 odds.

Capping a strong spring preparation with success in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m) in late November, Malice returned this time for a close second to Excess Knowledge in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) before placing sixth in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) most recently on April 18th.

Trainer John O’Shea has been thrilled with the condition of the Teofilo gelding in recent weeks and is confident a step back to a mile will not hinder his chances for success in the 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

Market mover Rugged Cross has cut in from opening odds of $12 to currently register at a quote of $8.50 in 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup betting markets, while San Diego ($8) and Strawberry Boy ($9) currently figure as the only other runners offered at odds of less than $10.

Kiwi raider Diademe ($21) is a Group 1 winner over the distance and arguably offers punters the best value for money for success at current 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup odds while Bagman ($12), Pheidon ($21) and Vilanova ($21) are all worth consideration at double figure odds.

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