The Offer’s impressive victory in the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) led to the talented British import claiming favouritism for the most recent edition of the Melbourne Cup; registering the major staying event during The Championships as one of the country’s top-line distance events.
Securing late entry to the 2014 Melbourne Cup with victory in the Lexus Stakes (2500m) before placing an impressive fourth in the Race That Stops a Nation, classy Darren Weir-trained gelding Signoff has opened as and maintained status as tied-favourite in early 2015 Sydney Cup betting markets; currently available at odds of $7 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing seven wins and a further three minor places over his 14 start career so far, Signoff steadily built to the task over the 2014 spring; finishing a forgettable tenth in a minor over 1400m first-up before running third behind the likes of Brambles and Big Memory in the Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) on September 13th.
Failing to figure late when ninth in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley on September 26th, the Authorized gelding ran second in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) and third in the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) leading into his near-three lengths Lexus Stakes triumph.
A proven performer over the distance, Signoff has secured impressive results on racing surfaces of all integrities and is more than worth consideration for an early Sydney Cup bet at current odds.
Currently sharing the top line of early 2015 Sydney Cup betting with Signoff, classy kiwi import Who Shot Thebarman was unable to make much of an impact in the 2014 edition of the staying event, but found exceptional form over the Spring Carnival.
A Group 1 winner in New Zealand, having taken out the 2014 Auckland Cup (3200m) with relative ease, Who Shot Thebarman beat just one runner home in a minor over 1400m first-up on August 16th but quickly found competitive form; running seventh in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) before securing back-to-back victories in the Sofitel Girls Day Out Handicap (2000m) and Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m).
Unlucky to be blocked late in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Yamanin Vital gelding arguably secured his most impressive result to date when finishing third in the Melbourne Cup last time out.
2014 Melbourne Cup champion and second-place finisher, Protectionist and Red Cadeaux currently share the second line of 2015 Sydney Cup betting at generous odds of $9 for success.
Beginning his career under the guidance of renowned German trainer Andreas Wohler, Protectionist has finished outside the places just once over his ten start career so far; a strong fourth in the Herbert Power Stakes in what was his maiden Australian appearance on October 11th.
Having won the Melbourne Cup by more than four lengths, new trainer Kris Lees has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by the five-year-old since arriving in his care in November and is confident of further Group 1 success through autumn.
Etching his name into the Australian racing history books when running second in the Melbourne Cup for a third time in 2014, trainer Ed Dunlop revealed he is likely to travel back to Australia with Red Cadeaux this year for a maiden autumn assault.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2012 edition of the Hong Kong Vase, Red Cadeaux is a cult hero in Australia and is sure to attract keen betting support should he be confirmed in the 2015 Sydney Cup final field.
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