Ten stayers will line up 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.
Gallante and Excess Knowledge both carry smart form into the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and subsequently remain tied on the top line of betting at $3.70 quotes with Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Who Shot Thebarman ($4.40) and Second Wave ($5).
Will Gallante justify favouritism and win the 2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup, or will one of his rivals post an upset?
Macedon Lodge runner Gallante is arguably the class horse of the 2016 Moonee Valley Gold Cup field and will take plenty of beating on Saturday. Gallante has undoubtedly found career-best form to date in 2016 and is likely to receive the run of the race on Saturday from the ideal barrier 4, with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle. Taking plenty of benefit from a first-up run for eleventh in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) in February, the Montjeu entire progressed to 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) on Day 2 of The Championships. Sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for second in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) in September, Gallante will relish a step-up in distance on Saturday
Excess Knowledge ($3.70)
Excess Knowledge is a leading chance of a first three finish in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and will have no issue performing to a high standard in the race with only 56kgs in tow. Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return this season, the Monsun entire took plenty of benefit from his first two runs in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Naturalism Stakes, before finishing third in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) last time out on October 2nd. Vlad Duric will take the ride on Excess Knowledge from barrier 2 in the Moonee Valley Cup.
The Bandit ($26)
Former Japanese stayer The Bandit has produced a number of competitive efforts this time in and looks as though he will be suited to the conditions of the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. Posting two wins and a minor through eleven career starts, the Empire Maker entire placed fourth in the United Refrigeration BM78 (1514m) first-up on September 24th; progressing to seventh in the Listed Harry White Classic (2400m) before running fifth in the Moe Cup (2050m) last time out on October 13th.
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