Gailo Chop and Merchant Navy top 2018 Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap betting

March 7, 2018

racing gailo chopThe VRC hosts its biggest raceday of the autumn this Saturday when the Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap roll into town.

Darren Weir’s Gailo Chop is a resounding $2.90 favourite for the 2018 Australian Cup (2000m) at online bookmaker Ladbrokes, while Aaron Purcell’s Merchant Navy is $5.00 top pick for the 2018 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).

Gailo Chop has impressed at both starts this time in, and the step up to 2000m looks ideal.

His all the way win last time out in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield reekd of quality and the son of Deportivo is clearly the one to beat.

Hartnell is $7.50 and that’s value on his best form, especially over this trip.

The Godolphin seven-year-old found the line fairly in the Peter Young Stakes at his most recent outing when third behind Gailo Chop.

Canberra mare Single Gaze is putting together an impressive resume and she’s $8.50 at Ladbrokes.

She resumed with a second to Hartnell in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield before hitting the line nicely when runner-up in the Peter Young Stakes.

Single Gaze ran fourth (btn 2.8L) behind Gailo Chop in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) during the Melbourne spring carnival last October and appears primed to give this a shake come Saturday.

Almandin $5.50 and Devise $19.00 both look set to make their presence felt, as does The Taj Mahal $7.00, in what should be an exciting race.

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The 2018 Australian Cup is Race 8 at Flmeington on Saturday 10th March 2018 and is scheduled to run at 4.35pm in the afternoon.

2018 Australian Cup Odds

$2.90 Gailo Chop
$5.50 Almandin
$7.00 The Taj Mahal
$7.50 Hartnell
$8.50 Single Gaze
$11.00 Homesman
$19.00 Devise
$26.00 Ambitious
$31.00 Harlem
$34.00 Ventura Storm
$34.00 Supply And Demand
$34.00 Lord Fandango

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Merchant Navy 2018 Newmarket Hcp Favourite

Three-year-old Merchant Navy heads 2018 Newmarket Handicap betting at $5.00.

The Fastnet Rock colt resumed with a Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) third behind Super Cash and returns to the scene of his exciting Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) victory last spring.

Chad Schofield takes the mount and with 52 kilograms shapes as the one to ebat.

Cranbourne trained Rich Charm finished just behind Merchant Navy in the Rubiton and is $7.50 at Ladbrokes.

In the hands of the very likeable Udyta Clarke, Rich Charm graduated to Group 2 winner last spring when taking out the Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

The Danerich gelding has a tremendous strike rate and is improving all the time.

Lindsay Park four-year-old Thronum $14.00 is down in the weights and has won three from four at this trip, while Rock Magic $21.00 is another suited by the handicap conditions of this event.

Redkirk Warrior $6.00, Brave Smash $7.50 and Catchy $11.00 all have to be considered in another tough Newmarket field.

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The 2018 Newmarket Handicap is Race 6 at Flemingon and scheduled to jump at 3.15pm in the afternoon.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Odds

$5.00 Merchant Navy
$6.00 Redkirk Warrior
$7.50 Brave Smash
$7.50 Rich Charm
$10.00 Booker
$11.00 Catchy
$12.00 Supido
$14.00 Thronum
$18.00 Missrock
$18.00 So Si Bon
$21.00 Rock Magic
$21.00 Ken’s Dream
$34.00 Fastnet Tempest
$41.00 Lucky Liberty
$51.00 Lord Of The Sky

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