Caulfield Cup Betting Tip
The 2400 meter contest is the richest handicap in racing now that the prize fund for the 2018 edition has been increased to $5,000,000. That’s attracted top class horses from both Australian and international racing to Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday.
The numerous warm up races for the Caulfield Cup always provide interesting clues when it comes to pick out a winner and recent results suggest we’re in line for a classic renewal of this massive race.
Caulfield Cup 2018 Betting Odds
Youngstar to Improve After Winx Showdown
After the fall out from the decision to display the barrier draw for the Everest in lights on the Sydney Opera House, the draw for the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup 2018 was thankfully low key by comparison.
It was still a very nerve-wracking experience for connections of every horse in the field as we all know that a bad draw can hamper the chances of any horse despite the fact the length of the Caulfield Cup.
Thankfully for most of those towards the top of the betting (and for those who took the early prices on them) the barrier draw was a good one for the favourites. That’s the case for Youngstar whose draw in barrier 10 gives her jockey, Kerin McEvoy, the option to go left or right out of the stalls.
The draw will also have the effect of ramping up the pressure on McEvoy who is now expected to challenge. That pressure will vanish as soon as the race gets underway though and we think McEvoy has a great chance of guiding Youngstar to Caulfield Cup glory.
Of all the warm up races worth paying attention to, the Turnbull Stakes perhaps gives the most clues. Youngstar pushed made the great Winx work much harder than expected for the win in the Turnbull a fortnight ago at Flemington in what her trainer, Chris Waller, thought was the perfect workout before the Caulfield Cup.
Youngstar’s price for the Caulfield Cup shortened considerably after that run but we think she’s still a more than tempting betting prospect at best odds of $6.00 with bet365.
Weight Considerations Make Each-Way Choice Difficult
The strength of the field for the Caulfield Cup 2018 means that it makes sense to have more than one option for your betting.
There are two horses who we believe are well worth considering for an each-way bet – Best Solution and Homesman.
There can be no doubt that Best Solution is the classier of the two but he’s been penalised for his international success this year and will have to carry 57.5kg. Is that too much or will his stamina see him through at a tempting price of $16 with Unibet?
As for Homesman, his inability to hack the pace in his last appearance means that he’s been well treated by the handicap. The question is more about whether or not he has the class to win at race of this size at $11 with Palmerbet.
Choosing between the two is difficult so we’re going to recommend each-way bets on both of them.
Past Five Winners
2017 – Boom Time, aged, 6, ridden by C J Parish, trained by D and B Hayes and T Dabernig
2016 – Jameka, aged 4, ridden by Nicholas Hall, trained by C Maher
2015 – Mongolian Khan, aged 4, ridden by O P Bosson, trained by M P Baker
2014 – Admire Rakti, aged 7, ridden by Z Purton, trained by Tomoyuki Umeda
2013 – Fawkner, aged 6, ridden by Nicholas Hall, trained by Robert Hickmott
Caulfield Cup 2018 Top Betting Tips
Youngstar to win at $6.00 with bet365
Best Solution each-way at $16 with Unibet
Homesman each-way at $11 with Palmerbet
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