2014 Caulfield Cup Betting Preview and Tips

October 17th, 2014

A talented field of 18 runners have been confirmed for this afternoon’s featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Brambles is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Brambles is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having returned to racing in exceptional form this time in, classy mare Lucia Valentina has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in Caulfield Cup betting markets and is currently available at odds of $4.20 for success, ahead of Lidari and Brambles; currently sharing the second line of betting at generous $9 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Will Lucia Valentina justify her resounding favouritism and win the 2014 Caulfield Cup, or will one of her classy rivals find the line in the clear?

1st

Brambles ($9)

Returning to racing in exceptional form this time in following nearly two years on the sidelines with a tendon injury, Brambles will leave from barrier 11 with Luke Nolen on board in the 2014 Caulfield Cup and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds. Securing a commendable total of six wins and as many minor places from his 17 competitive starts to date, the Savabeel gelding has completed an ideal lead-in to this afternoon’s feature race, finishing second in the Listed Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m) and winning the Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) before finishing a credible third in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) last time out. Charged with carrying just 53.5kgs, Brambles is an excellent chance of securing a second Group 1 victory over 2400m in the 2014 Caulfield Cup.

2nd

Lucia Valentina ($4.20)

Registering career-best form since transferring to the care of Kris Lees at the beginning of the year, kiwi import Lucia Valentina has maintained favouritism in betting markets for the 2014 Caulfield Cup all week and for good reason, and is a great chance of figuring in contention. Charging home to win the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on April 5th before finishing a strong third in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) most notably over autumn, the daughter of Savabeel charged home to win the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) with ease first-up this time, and while unlucky to be blocked for a run and sixth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 20th, will carrying winning form into the 2014 Caulfield Cup after taking out the Turnbull Stakes on October 4th.

3rd

Seismos ($19)

A long distance specialist, talented European raider Seismos gets into the 2014 Caulfield Cup well with weights, has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Craig Newitt, will leave from the ideal barrier 1 and as a result arguably offers punters the best value for money in Caulfield Cup betting markets at current $19 odds to win or $5.50 to run a place. Claiming seven wins and a further five minor places from his 24 competitive starts to date, Seismos has already contested events in Germany, Dubai, Britain and France this year and has displayed a keen ability to overcome track conditions of all types, and will carry winning form into the 2014 Caulfield Cup after taking out the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) at Newbury on August 16th.

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