Ten runners remain in contention for Saturday’s 2015 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m), which continues to figure as one of the weekend’s most intriguing races from a betting standpoint owing to the plethora or talented stayers confirmed in the final field.
The United States ($4) has been backed into outright favouritism in 2015 Moonee Valley Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au and currently sits ahead of Prince Of Penzance ($4.20), Bondeiger ($6) and Bohemian Lily ($6.50) in market order.
Will The United States justify favouritism and win the 2015 Moonee Valley Cup or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
The United States ($4)
The United States has returned to racing in slick form this time and offers punters great value for money to win on Saturday at current 2015 Moonee Valley Cup odds of $4 for success. Beginning his racing career under the guidance of leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien before transferring to the care of Macedon Lodge prior to his 2014 campaign, The United States returned this time for success in the talent-rich Sweeney Estate Agents Handicap (1500m) before placing second in each of the Craig Opie Cup (1600m) and Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m). Luckless when sixth in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) last time, The United States will relish a step up in distance and will be partnered by Hugh Bowman in the Moonee Valley Cup.
Popular gelding Precedence has won the Moonee Valley Cup twice previously, received an ideal tune up when sixth in the Naturalism Stakes last time out and offers great value for money at current odds. Ending his 2014 campaign an impressive sixth in the Melbourne Cup, the Zabeel gelding clearly needed the runs when finishing off pace in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) first-up this time, but was far more convincing last start. Craig Williams will take the ride on the talented stayer, who will leave from the ideal barrier 7 on Saturday.
Bold Sniper ($11)
British import Bold Sniper failed to fire in his most recent start, but has the talent for a big performance in the 2015 Moonee Valley Cup and has enjoyed the conditions of the unique track in work through recent weeks. Posting several impressive results for leading British trainer Sir Michael Stoute, Bold Sniper debuted in Australia for eighth in the Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) on August 29th; progressing to fourth in the Naturalism Stakes before his most recent run in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m).
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