Eskander’s Betstar have Green to Go One Better in First Caulfield Cup Market
year's runner-up Green Moon and Doomben Cup winner Mawingo share the top line
of betting in Eskander’s Betstar's
opening market for the 2012 Caulfield Cup following the close of entries for
the $2.65 million race.
has rated the imported pair, who are both trained locally, at $13, ahead of
Lights Of Heaven at $15. Last year's winner Southern Speed is rated on the
fifth line of betting at $26 in what Betstar's Alan Eskander described as a
star-studded line-up. The first two internationally-trained entrants in the
market are Luca Cumani's Quest For Peace and last year's Melbourne Cup
runner-up Red Cadeaux at $26.
"When you consider the fact that the past two Melbourne Cup winners, Americain and Dunaden, don't even make into the top 15 in our opening market, it gives you some idea of the depth of this year's entry," Eskander said.
no doubt those two horses would be considered unlikely runners at this stage
but we're sure Green Moon and Mawingo will be aimed at this race. Lloyd
Williams has never won a Caulfield Cup and Green Moon was desperately unlucky
last year. He gets the chance to atone this year and Mawingo strikes me as also
having the perfect profile for the race," Eskander said.
said the trend of Australian stables identifying international stayers with the
potential to compete in our Cups was gaining momentum as this year’s entries
"We've seen the success that local stables have had with the likes of Lucas Cranach, Mawingo, Manighar and December Draw, and there'll be a huge influx again this year going by the entries. Many of these horses are already in Australia so the question about their ability to handle the travel has been taken out of the equation," Eskander said.
new trend has become a nightmare for bookmakers and assessors but I expect
punters to tell us quite early which horses are most likely to make a name for
themselves this spring. We'll be monitoring the market moves on these runners
closely," he said.
Star mare Atlantic Jewel has been kept safe at $17 in Caulfield Cup betting but Eskander says she will more likely head to the Cox Plate for which she is expected to be the opening favourite.
A summary of Eskander’s Betstar’s Caulfield Cup market follows – to view the full market click here
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