Just ten runners have been confirmed in the final field for this weekend’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m), highlighted by the inclusion of several of the country’s leading staying prospects.
A standout performer over each of his racing campaigns so far, veteran gelding Precedence has been confirmed to target a third victory in the 2014 Moonee Valley Cup and is offered an excellent chance of success from the ideal barrier 4.
Claiming an impressive record of ten wins and a further ten minors from his 61 competitive starts so far, Precedence has appeared in three editions of the Melbourne Cup, highlighted by an impressive performance for eighth in 2010.
A typically strong performer over the 2013 Spring Carnival highlighted by victories in both the Moonee Valley Cup and Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m), the Zabeel gelding continued to secure impressive results over a short winter prep this year, including third in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) and second in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) on May 24th.
Steadily building to the task over two starts this time in, trainer James Cummings is confident a return to the ideal distance of 2500m will see a return to winning form for the classy nine-year-old this weekend.
Displaying an exceptional turn of foot to finish a strong second in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) last time out, trainer Chris Waller has confirmed Opinion in the final field for the 2014 Moonee Valley Gold Cup, who has been charged with overcoming barrier 9.
Returning to racing in arguably career-best form this year, Opinion began his racing career under the guidance of renowned British trainer Sir Michael Stoute before transferring to the care of Waller at the conclusion of 2013.
Winning the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) and finishing second in each of the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m), Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) most notably through autumn, the Oasis Dream gelding has steadily built to the task this time in; finishing fifth in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) and a luckless tenth when blocked for a run in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) prior to The Metropolitan.
Confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Zac Purton, Opinion is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Moonee Valley Cup.
Confirmed for a maiden appearance in Australia this weekend, classy French raider Au Revoir is eyeing progression to the 2014 Melbourne Cup with success in the 2014 Moonee Valley Gold Cup.
Claiming three wins and two minors from his 13 competitive appearances on course so far, the Singspiel entire finished an impressive fourth amongst classy competition in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy (2400m) last time out on September 14th and is a great chance in finishing in contention from the central barrier 6 this weekend.
Securing several notable results over a long and busy 2014 preparation so far, Mr O’Ceirin finished fourth in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) on September 26th and will leave from barrier 7 in the 2014 Moonee Valley Cup.
Claiming ten wins and six minors from 38 competitive starts so far, the Postponed gelding is likely to return to the spelling paddock following the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and has reportedly worked well in the lead-up.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best odds on all races around the country this weekend, including the Moonee Valley Cup!
Open an account and deposit at Ladbrokes.com.au today to take advantage of up to $500 in bonuses!
2014 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||116x327x05||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||Glen Boss||4||57kg||106|
|2||741472×000||BLACK TYCOON||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||8||57kg||100|
|3||27259×5647||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||7||56.5kg||103|
|4||5514x426x4||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Andre Fabre||Damien Oliver||6||56.5kg||104|
|5||38x3196x53||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy||Tommy Berry||1||56kg||99|
|6||12142×8782||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||10||56kg||95|
|7||12262×0502||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||9||55kg||104|
|8||D421x20843||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||Michael Rodd||2||55kg||76|
|9||2631135×44||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||–||3||54.5kg||103|
|10||2x726x1346||ALBONETTI||Sue Jaensch||Chad Schofield||5||53kg||85|