The 2400m Group 3 Geelong Cup on Wednesday has played an important part in the lead up to the $8m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) with three winners since 2000 going on to collect the major prize on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington.
(2002), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) all went on to win the Melbourne
Cup after winning the Geelong Cup at their previous start and connections of
this year’s eleven Geelong Cup runners are hoping for a similar result.
Cup favourite Prince Of Arran finished third behind Cross Counter and Marmelo
in last year’s Melbourne Cup but will need to win Wednesday’s Geelong Cup to
gain a Melbourne Cup penalty to force his way into the final field for ‘The
Race That Stops A Nation’.
The second favourite for the Geelong Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au, Steel Prince, is already guaranteed a spot in the 2019 Melbourne Cup but trainer Anthony Freedman has chosen the Geelong Cup as an important lead up run for Australia’s greatest race.
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English import Muntahaa has been well beaten at his four race starts since being transferred to the Lindsay Park Team and heads to the Geelong Cup as the outsider of the field coming off a last start thirteenth of thirteen in the Group 3 $500,000 The Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington on October 5.
Neufbosc is the second runner for the Lindsay Park Team and will wear the blinkers for the first time in the Geelong Cup but the French import will also start at double figure odds after a well beaten thirteenth in the Group 1 $750,000 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 5.
Last year’s Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince Of Arran has been installed as the early favourite for the 2019 Geelong Cup after a second to The Chosen One in the Group 2 $400,000 Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on October 12. Prince Of Arran is currently number thirty-six in the order of entry for this year’s Melbourne Cup and needs to win the Geelong Cup to gain a weight penalty to get a chance to fight his way into the twenty-four horse Melbourne Cup field. The English trained galloper is racing in fine form and looks well placed here.
Lees trained European import Red Cardinal has been well beaten in the last two
runnings of the Melbourne Cup and needs to win the Geelong Cup and receive a
significant weight penalty to have another chance of gaining a place in this
year’s Melbourne Cup. Red Cardinal made up a lot ground from the back when
fifth in the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) at Newcastle on September 20
and has each way claims at double figure odds.
import Dal Harraild hasn’t been that far off the pace at his two runs this
campaign and is not the worst in the Geelong Cup. The Ciaron Maher and David
Eustace trained Dal Harraild is coming off a sixth in the Group 3 $500,000 The Bart Cummings (2520m) at
Flemington on October 5.
Grey Lion wasn’t far off the pace two starts back when fourth in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick before finishing tenth in the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick. Better suited down in class in the Group 3 Geelong Cup.
Red Galileo has solid staying form in England and was beaten less than a length when second in the Ebor Handicap over 2787m at York. Red Galileo will carry the Godolphin royal blue colours and looms as one of the top chances in the Geelong Cup. Red Galileo is currently number forty-three in the order of entry for the 2019 Melbourne Cup.
Steel Prince is already guaranteed a start in the 2019 Melbourne Cup after gaining an exemption from the ballot for his win in the Listed $400,000 The Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington in May. The Anthony Freedman trained Steel Prince is well in contention in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting for the Geelong Cup and is coming off a last start sixth in the Group 3 MRC Foundation Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on September 21. One of the main contenders.
stayer Haky started favourite at his first run on Australian soil but failed to
deliver when eleventh in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield
on October 12. Will be better for the run and expect improvement with Linda
Meech sticking with the six year old.
mare True Self is stepping out for the first time on Australian soil in the
Geelong Cup and has had plenty of support in the betting after running sixth in
the Ebor Handicap (2787m) at York in England in August. Seven of True Self’s eight
wins have been at 2400m or longer and it might pay to follow any more market
moves for the Willie Mullins trained mare.
Supernova is one of the four Geelong Cup runners under the $10 mark in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au following his last start second to Surprise Baby in the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington and looks well placed over the 2400m of the Geelong Cup. Supernova is currently equal fifty-two in the order of entry for the 2019 Melbourne Cup.