Ten runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m); offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Excess Knowledge has returned to competitive form this time in and remains an outright $3.70 favourite in 2016 Moonee Valley Cup betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Excess Knowledge was a strong and consistent performer for Gai Waterhouse last spring; running second in each of the Listed Harry White Classic (2400m) and Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) before winning the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m).
Returning to the paddock after running a credible seventh in the Melbourne Cup (3200m), the Monsun entire took a couple of runs to find condition this time in but was last seen placed third in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) on October 2nd.
Vlad Duric will take the ride on Excess Knowledge in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2016, from the ideal barrier 2.
Gallante has so-far received the greatest market share of bets for success in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and has firmed into outright second-favouritism, at a current quote of $3.80.
Gallante has been a strong performer for Macedon Lodge through several racing preparations so far, but has undoubtedly returned to racing in career-best form this year.
Resuming for eleventh in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) on February 13th, the Montjeu entire ran on for third in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) during The Championships.
Resuming this time for second in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m), Gallante will leave from the ideal barrier 3 in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
Who Shot Thebarman is yet to herald much interest in 2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup betting markets, but remains an outright $4.40 third-favourite despite drifting.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 edition of the Auckland Cup (3200m), Who Shot Thebarman produced a number of typically-smart performances during this year’s Autumn Carnival; most notably a close second in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m).
Having performed well through his first three starts this time, the Yamanin Vital gelding went somewhat amiss in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) last time out but is positioned well in the Moonee Valley Cup with Hugh Bowman aboard.
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