The widely travelled Lieder has been installed the early favourite for the 2017 $200,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m) at Fannie Bay in Darwin on August 7.
Lieder has had two runs in Darwin for his latest trainer, Murray Bridge based Michael Hickmott, for a fifth and a third and now sits at the top of the Darwin Cup market order at Ladbrokes.com.au at $4
The well-bred Street Cry gelding started his career with the powerful Godolphin stable under the care of trainer John O’Shea who was able to win a Wyong maiden with him before finding his way to the Eagle Farm stables of Steven O’Dea in Brisbane.
O’Dea was able to collect two wins with Lieder at the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast before the South Australian based Hickmott claimed the four year old.
Hickmott produced Leider for a win at Murray Bridge before finishing sixth in an 1800m Handicap at Morphettville on May 13 followed by a ninth in an 1800m BenchMark 84 Handicap at Flemington on May 20.
Hickmott then headed north to the top end with Lieder who ran fifth in a 1600m BenchMark NT at Fannie Bay on July 8 followed by a third to Darwin Cup rivals Moon Devil and Saturday Sorcerer in the $45,000 Million Dollar Fish Buntine Handicap (1900m) at Fannie Bay last Saturday.
Last Saturday’s Ladbrokes NT Derby winner Billet Doux shares the second line of betting at $6 with three other runners, Folk Tales, Pretty Blonde and Royal Request just head of Whistle Stop at $7.
Royal Request, Whistle Stop and Pretty Blonde are all set to clash again in the Darwin Cup after finishing first, second and third in $55,000 Asian United Food Services Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m) at Fannie Bay on July 15.
Early market order for the 2017 Darwin Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4 Lieder, $6 Billet Doux, Folk Tales, Pretty Blonde, Royal Request, $7 Whistle Stop, $10 Unbreakable, $11 Saturday Sorcerer, Wexford Town, $17 Moon Devil, $21 Abu Dhabi, Harrebs Time, $26 Electric Crimson, $41 War Story, $51 Arctic Song, Flying Tormenta, Spartan Eagle, $67 New Empire, $101 Best Case, Hammered Art, Overdane, Supercoach.