2014 Warrnambool Cup Betting Preview and Tips

April 30th, 2014

A talented field of 16 plus three emergencies has been confirmed to the 2014 Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) this Thursday afternoon, offering punters several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Akzar is outright favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Warrnambool Cup

Akzar is outright favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Warrnambool Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having returned to the track in scintillating form this time in, Akzar has opened as and maintained favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 Warrnambool Cup, currently offering odds of $3.50, ahead of Shiny Buttons ($6), Westsouthwest and St Jean; currently sharing the third line of betting at generous $7 odds.

Will Akzar justify favouritism and win the 2014 Warrnambool Cup, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?

1st

Akzar ($3.50)

Securing seven wins and 12 places from 34 competitive race starts to date, Akzar appears well and truly in line to continue a strong run of form in the 2014 Warrnambool Cup. Finishing no worse than second in any of his last five appearances, the Selkirk gelding claimed three resounding back-to-back victories over 2000 metres before finishing second in the Community Raceday Handicap (2000m) and an unlucky runner up in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) last time out. While allocated the unfortunate barrier 20 for the Warrnambool Cup, regular jockey Brad Rawiller has been confirmed to return to the saddle and will be particularly hard to beat.

2nd

Moudre ($26)

Finishing sixth in the Easter Cup last time out, Moudre arguably offers punters the best value for money for success in the 2014 Warrnambool Cup and particularly generous odds on $26. Claiming seven victories and nine places from 34 race starts to date, the Blevic gelding has frequented major Group 1 races throughout his well-contested career and was unlucky not to gain entry to the 2013 Melbourne Cup after being blocked for a run and third in the qualifying Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m). Allocated the central barrier 12, Moudre will be partnered by Steve Arnold in the 2014 Warrnambool Cup.

3rd

Shiny Buttons ($6)

Allocated barrier 13 for the 2014 Warrnambool Cup, Shiny Buttons has arguably hit peak condition over his two most recent starts; unlucky to finish second in the Stawell Gold Cup (2000m) on April 20th before producing a strong turn of foot to claim the City Of Warrnambool Handicap (1700m) last time out. Gaining extensive experience on the Warrnambool track over his 35 career starts, Shiny Buttons has been nominated for several major races over the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and is a great chance of success on Thursday.

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