Just seven runners have been confirmed to line up for a tilt at the 2014 Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) in Brisbane this weekend, offering punters exceptional value and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having arguably hit peak condition since transferring to the care of trainer Darren Weir at the conclusion of 2013, Akzar has claimed outright favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup; cutting in from an opening quote of nearly $4 to currently feature as $2.60 frontrunner and clear market mover.
Claiming a total of eight wins and 12 places from 36 competitive starts to date, Akzar has been standout performer over 2014 events so-far; claiming three victories in minor events back-to-back before finishing second in both the Community Race Day Handicap (2000m) and Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) on April 19th, the Selkirk gelding has registered something of a meteoric rise in class, having strolled home to win the featured Warrnambool Cup (2350m) and finish fourth amongst classy competition in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) last time out.
Allocated the ideal barrier 3, punters have responded to the confirmation jockey Brad Rawiller will retain the ride on Akzar this weekend, who still represents good value for money in betting markets.
Overcoming a less-than impressive start to her current preparation, Wistful has returned to competitive form over her three most-recent starts and currently features as sole occupant of the second line of betting for success in the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup at $3.60 odds.
The winner of four race starts and securing minor places in a further five over a total of 15 appearances on track, Wistful was unable to finish better than ninth in any of her first three starts this preparation, but returned to great form when second in all of the Dunkirk 3.y.o+ (1600m), Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) and Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1615m) most recently.
Allocated barrier 2 between Akzar and noted pace-setter Moriarty, Wistful is likely to receive the run of the race in the Eagle Farm Cup, and is more than worth a wager with talented jockey Kerrin McEvoy confirmed to take the ride.
Claiming 10 impressive victories and eleven minor places from 42 competitive race starts to date, Moriarty has maintained status as outright third favourite for success in the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup, currently offered at a quote of $4.
A noted performer over events during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival each year, the Clodovil gelding was unlucky to finish fourth when blocked for a run in the 2013 edition of the Eagle Farm Cup, but secured resounding victories in both the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) and Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) during the same campaign.
While yet to hit peak condition over his current preparation, Moriarty has performed well in highly rated events, including a display of a strong turn of foot to run on for fifth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) last time out.
Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Nash Rawiller, Moriarty arguably offers punters the best value for success in betting markets for the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup.
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