A classy field of 18 local and international stayers has been confirmed to line up for this afternoon’s feature race, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place winning Caulfield Cup bets.
Having returned to racing in typically scintillating form this time in Lucia Valentina maintains status as outright favourite for success in betting markets at generous $4.40 odds, however arguably does not register as a Caulfield Cup best value bet.
Outlined below is the three best value Caulfield Cup bets for this year’s edition of the world’s richest handicap race over 2400m.
#11 Brambles ($9.50)
Receiving an ideal lead-in to the 2014 Caulfield Cup, classy OTI Racing entrant Brambles has firmed from opening odds of $21 to register as clear $9.50 market mover, but still offers punters exceptional value at his current quote.
A Group 1 winner over the distance having taken out the 2012 edition of the Queensland Derby, Brambles spent nearly two years in the spelling paddock after suffering a severe tendon injury, but has returned to racing in exceptional form this year.
Finishing a credible fourth in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1440m) first-up on May 3rd, the Savabeel gelding continued to build in form on his way so second in the Listed Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m), victory in the Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) and fighting third in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) most recently.
Allocated an ideal draw and confirmed for be partnered by Luke Nolen, Brambles is a great chance of delivering on $9.50 odds for success in the Caulfield Cup.
#16 Rising Romance ($12)
While allocated a somewhat wide barrier for the 2014 Caulfield Cup, Rising Romance is a Group 1 champion over the distance, gets in particularly well at just 53kgs and has been confirmed to be partnered by newly-crowned Sydney Premiership-winning jockey James McDonald; offering punters excellent value in betting markets at $12 odds.
Claiming four wins and four minors over her 13 race career so far, the Savabeel mare finished second to Puccini in both the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) before crossing the ditch for a luckless fourth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and impressive victory in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) over a strong autumn campaign.
Running on for second in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) last time out, trainer Donna Logan has been thrilled with the work completed by Rising Romance over the last fortnight and is confident of an upset victory in the Caulfield Cup.
#7 Seismos ($21)
A competitive performer in all corners of the globe through his 24 race career to date, Seismos secured an impressive victory over classy competition in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) in Britain last time out and arguably ranks in position one on the list of 2014 Caulfield Cup best value bets.
A noted performer on tracks of all consistencies, the Dalakhani gelding has taken out seven races and finished in the minors on a further five occasions, will leave from the ideal barrier 1 and will be partnered by renowned jockey Craig Newitt in the 2014 Caulfield Cup.