An inside barrier draw has seen the back in form Bondeiger claim favouritism for the 2019 Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville on Monday.
Bondeiger drew perfectly at barrier two in the capacity twenty horse field plus one emergency and has been marked as the $3.80 favourite for the Adelaide Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead his nearest rival Eastender at $5 after the Tassie champ drew gate eighteen.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Bondeiger found himself back in the winner’s stall last Saturday with a stylish victory in the Group 3 $120,000 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville.
James Winks has kept the Adelaide Cup mount on Bondeiger while Craig Newitt will ride Eastender again after the pair combined for wins in the Group 3 $250,000 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 10 and in the Group 3 $250,000 Launceston Cup (2400m) on February 27.
“Bondeiger is now a clear favourite, Eastender remains on the second line of betting but the clear market mover has been Aloft and he has been $51 into $26 following his credible effort at Flemington on Saturday,’’ Ladbrokes Tom Hackett told The Advertiser.
Alotf has drawn barrier eight with Jason Holder aboard while the Wizard Of The West, Williams Pike, rides $15 chance Top Of The Range.
Bondeiger’s part owner Laurence Eales was impressed with his horse’s winning effort at Morphettville last Saturday but is expecting a tougher contest on Monday.
“He’s really turned the corner, he’s raced well at every run this prep,’ Eales said.
“He’s been lightly-raced and he seems to be thriving now.
“It was a pretty soft win last weekend, the Adelaide Cup is obviously a different story, a field of 20 and there is a few smart ones in there,’’
Final field for the 2019 Adelaide Cup (3200m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1751×21111||EASTENDER||Barry Campbell||Craig Newitt||18||58kg||103|
|2||7×43293332||FABRIZIO||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||10||58kg||103|
|3||43031×8341||BONDEIGER||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||James Winks||2||54kg||98|
|4||0633411222||NAVAL WARFARE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||1||54kg||95|
|5||7x1P9x8584||ALOFT (IRE)||Eric Musgrove||Jason Holder||8||53kg||93|
|6||2×22118123||LAMBORGHINI (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Michael Dee||16||53kg||92|
|7||6×87930552||SYLPHEED||Matt Cumani||Dom Tourneur||14||53kg||91|
|8||1521342137||OLYMPIC ACADEMY||Grant Young||Raquel Clark (a)||15||53kg||86|
|9||0x80987305||DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE)||Aaron Purcell||Fred W Kersley (a)||12||53kg||83|
|10||x064535313||TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||William Pike||20||53kg||80|
|11||3333231144||AAGAS||Ryan Balfour||Cory Parish||6||53kg||79|
|12||34×5411180||DAWN RAID||Matt Cumani||Dean Yendall||3||53kg||79|
|13||8446×95143||KHEZERABAD (FR)||Aaron Purcell||Jye McNeil||13||53kg||78|
|14||57×0878268||EXALTED LIGHTNING||Grant Young||Ms Georgina Cartwright (a)||11||53kg||74|
|15||x983586325||AZURITE (IRE)||Michael Hickmott||Chris Caserta (a)||21||53kg||73|
|16||11514||SURPRISE BABY (NZ)||Paul Preusker||Dean Holland||4||53kg||72|
|17||4x4x158461||FRANKED (GB)||Michael Hickmott||Jamie Kah||7||53kg||69|
|18||70582×3203||OCTOBER DATE||Nick Smart||Ms Kayla Crowther (a)||5||53kg||67|
|19||57×8046015||BON EQUUS||Kevin & Heather Frew||Patrick Moloney||17||53kg||64|
|20||9377315626||HENRY THE DOLPHIN||Mark Faust||Sairyn Fawke||19||53kg||61|
|21e||57×3823124||PAT THE WEAPON||Stuart Gower||Zac Spain (a)||9||53kg||58|