Geelong, Moonee Valley Racing Ahead

October 24, 2017 by

Gallic Chieftain Wednesday’s Geelong Cup Favourite 

Spring Carnival Racing in Victoria isn’t confined to Melbourne. One of the major country cups comes up on Wednesday at Geelong Racecourse. The $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup, an open handicap over 2400m, is often a useful race at which to pick contenders for the Melbourne Cup that follows closely in November.

The favourite for this year’s race, at $3.20, is 5-year-old French stallion Gallic Chieftain. He ran third of 10 in the Gr. 2 Herbert Power Stakes, also over 2400m, at Caulfield on 14 October. The other possibilities in the field of 12 being offered at below $10.00 on online sports betting sites are Kellstorm and Wheal Leisure, both at $6.50, Berisha at $8.00 and Grey Lion at $9.00.

Moonee Valley Night Racing: Manikato Stakes

On the eve of Cox Plate Day, Moonee Valley hosts another night race that punters won’t want to miss: Friday’s million-dollar Gr. 1 Manikato Stakes. Favourite to win the 1200m weight-for-age sprint is currently 5-year-old David Hayes-trained gelding Vega Magic, at $2.60, fresh from his second place at The Everest.

In Her Time and Chautauqua, respectively at $6.00 and $7.00 in the betting, could also be contenders.

Exciting Card for Cox Plate Day

The $3-million Gr. 1 weight-for-age WS Cox Plate over 2040m will be Moonee Valley’s Saturday highlight. Last year’s winner, 6-year-old champion mare Winx, is back as the favourite, at $1.16, with the nearest contenders in the antepost betting, namely Folkswood, Gailo Chop and Happy Clapper, all at $17.00.

There’s a full and exciting card supporting the Cox Plate too, the biggest of which is the $300,000 Gr. 2 Moonee Valley Cup over 2500m, for 4-year-olds and older. There’s also the 1600m weight-for-age Gr. 2 Crystal Mile, the 2040m Gr. 2 AAMI Vase for 3-year-olds at set weights, and the Moonee Valley Oaks, a 1600m Gr. 2 race for 3-year-old fillies at set weights.

Then there’s the 1600m Gr. 2 Inglis Cup, for 4-year-old and older mares, and a testing sprint for the youngsters: the Gr. 3 Red Anchor Stakes over 1200m at set weights and penalties for 3-year-olds.

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