With the removal of notable contestants Bande, Dandino, Dear Demi and Gris Caro form the final field of this afternoon’s feature race, long-odds Caulfield Cup tips may figure as a particularly good betting play.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this season, classy kiwi import Lucia Valentina has maintained favouritism in Caulfield Cup betting markets all week, and for good reason after taking out the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in impressive fashion on October 4th; a key form indicator.
Currently offered at odds of $4.20 for success in Caulfield Cup betting markets, the Savabeel mare is one of just three runners offered at a quote of less-than $10 alongside OTI pair Lidari and Brambles, who share the second line of betting at even $9 odds.
Outlined below are the best 2014 Caulfield Cup tips for punters seeking the best value for money in this afternoon’s feature.
#7 Seismos ($19)
Allocated the ideal barrier 1, confirmed for be partnered by renowned jockey Craig Newitt and capable of performing with 56kgs, talented international raider Seismos arguably offers punters the best value for success in the 2014 Caulfield Cup betting markets at current $19 odds for success, or $5.50 to finish in the places.
Securing a commendable total of seven wins and five minor places from his 24 start career to date, Seismos has contested events in Germany, Dubai, Britain and France in the lead-up to his Australian debut this year and has displayed a knack of overcoming poor running position and competing on surfaces of all integrities.
Comfortably beating a talented field to the line in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) at Britain’s Newbury Racecourse last time out on August 16th, the Dalakhani gelding is more than worth consideration as a long odds selection in the 2014 Caulfield Cup.
#3 Green Moon ($31)
Comfortably winning the 2012 edition of the Melbourne Cup most notably, Green Moon is yet to break through for another race win over his eleven proceeding starts but is offered a great chance of figuring in contention from barrier 6.
Claiming seven wins and a further four minor places from his 31 appearances on course so far, Green Moon finished fourth in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) upon returning to racing in autumn before pushing champion stayer Fiorente to the limit when second in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) most notably.
While unable to find a good position in the Turnbull Stakes last time out, Green Moon’s class is likely to count for a lot in the 2014 Caulfield Cup and is more than worth consideration for a bet at $31 for success, or $8 to figure in the place.
#20 Araldo ($41)
The second emergency runners confirmed in the Caulfield Cup final field following the scratching of 2013 runner-up Dandino, Araldo is without doubt one of the best long odds Caulfield Cup tips at current $41 odds for success.
Quickly building to the task this time in, the High Chaparral gelding finished a credible seventh in the Listed Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m) first-up before placing sixth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and third in the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) last time out.
Confirmed to be partnered by Craig Williams, Araldo will carry just 53kgs in the Caulfield Cup and is a great chance of delivering particularly on $10 odds to finish in the places.
Leading online bookie Ladbrokes Australia is currently offering the best 2014 Caulfield Cup odds.