A classy field of ten stayers has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in typically strong form this season, Opinion has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Moonee Valley Cup betting markets and is currently available at odds of $3.30 for success ahead of Precedence ($5), Au Revoir ($5.50) and Le Roi ($7).
Will Opinion justify favouritism and win the 2014 Moonee Valley Cup, or will one of his classy rivals find the line in the clear?
Surprisingly drifting from opening odds of $3 for success in the Moonee Valley Cup, Opinion carries exceptional form into this weekend’s Group 1 at Moonee Valley and is more than worth consideration for a bet. Beginning his career under the guidance of leading British trainer Sir Michael Stoute before transferring to the care of Waller at the end of 2013, the Oasis Dream gelding won the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) on March first before finishing second in each of the Listed Randwick City Stakes (200m), Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m). Steadily building to the task for a close second in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick last time out, all signs point towards a return to the winner’s circle for Opinion this weekend.
Le Roi ($7)
Having returned to racing in competitive form this season, Le Roi is offered a great chance of figuring in contention from the ideal barrier 1 this weekend and is more than worth consideration for a Moonee Valley Cup bet at current odds. Finishing third in the Listed CS Hayes Cup (1600m) and winning the Silver Thomas Hanley Handicap (1600m) most notably over autumn, the Areion entire finished fifth in a minor over 1700m first-up this year before claiming a credible third in the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) last time out. Confirmed to be partnered by in-form hoop Tommy Berry, punters may find value in adding Le Roi as a selection in a Moonee Valley Cup quinella or trifecta bet.
Cutting in from opening odds of $8 to currently register as clear $5 Moonee Valley Cup market mover, Precedence has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time in and is offered a great chance of figuring from barrier 4 this weekend. A standout in each of his racing preparations since first debuting in 2008, the Zabeel gelding is aiming for his third victory in the Moonee Valley Cup having taken out the 2010 and 2013 editions of the Group 2 race for stayers.
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