Just 12 runners have been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Popular Tasmanian The Cleaner ran an impressive fourth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) last time out, and as a result has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Easter Cup betting markets at a quote of $3.20 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing eighteen wins and a further fourteen minor place finishes over his 48 start career so far, The Cleaner undoubtedly found career-best form over the 2014 Spring Carnival; highlighted by wins in the Group 2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) and a third place finish in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 8th.
Returning this time for second in the Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) prior to the Australian Cup, the Savoire Vivre gelding will leave from the ideal barrier 3 with regular jockey Steve Arnold aboard.
Sertorius is yet to herald much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in 2015 Easter Cup betting markets but has maintained status as outright second-favourite at a quote of $3.80 for success.
The standout performer for Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington in recent seasons, Sertorius posted several notable results over the 2014 edition of the Autumn Carnival; namely minor place finishes in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) and fourth in The BMW (2400m) on April 5th.
Having returned this time for a close second in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m), the Galileo gelding is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 4 and takes 2.5kgs from The Cleaner in the weights.
Jacquinot Bay has been charged with overcoming the somewhat wide and awkward barrier 9 but is a great chance of delivering on generous $8 odds for success in the 2015 Easter Cup.
Posting three consecutive wins over summer, including the Listed Master Yearlings Heat 2 Stakes (1600m) on Boxing Day, the veteran placed second in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) on February 14th before mid-pack finishes in each of the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) and Blamey Stakes most recently.
Escado ($8.50) interestingly figures as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less-than $10 in 2015 Easter Cup betting markets, while Shoreham ($16) and Epingle ($26) both offer great value at double figure odds.
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