The 2014 Australian Cup odds of Thunder Fantasy have shortened significantly overnight; with the son of Lucky Owners now available at a quote of $6.50 to record his maiden victory at Group 1 level.
Thunder Fantasy started his 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival campaign with an impressive win in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 8 and worked home strongly to finish third behind Shamus Award and Criterion in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) last Saturday.
Shamus Award had the measure of Thunder Fantasy in the Australian Guineas, but trainer Anthony Cummings does not believe that the Australian Cup will be run to suit the Cox Plate winner and selected Fiorente as the major danger to his talented colt.
“The change of tactics of the two Williams horses means Shamus Award won’t be able to get those same easy sectionals,” Cummings told AAP.
“Given that’s going to happen he’s going to have to work and that will be different from the Cox Plate and different from the other day.
“He won’t be able to control the race.
“Fiorente is the one to beat.”
Thunder Fantasy has been the clear market mover in the 2014 Australian Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes and is into odds of $6.50 after being available at a quote of $9 earlier in the week, while Shamus Award has drifted to $4.40.
Punters agree that Fiorente is the horse to beat in the Group 1 event and is available at Australian Cup odds of $2.20, but has drifted slightly after being priced at even money when the final field was released on Wednesday.
The Macedon Lodge-trained duo of Green Moon and Mourayan are expected to play a key role in the Australian Cup, following the announcement that they will be ridden aggressively in the race, but there has been little betting interest in the Cup winning stayers.
Green Moon started the 2013 Australian Cup as favourite, but is on the fourth line of betting for this year’s race, while Mourayan is currently priced at $21 despite almost scoring an upset win over Fiorente in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on February 22.
Foreteller ($9) and Star Rolling ($14) have remained steady in the past 24 hours and there has been little support for imported stayer Voleuse De Coeurs ($31) and Nigel Blackiston-trained Let’s Make Adeal ($61).