Australian Cup Tips - Avilius a clear standout

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Hugh Bowman riding Avilius

Two impressive victories this campaign sees Avilius stamp himself as the horse beat in Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.

He was clearly underdone when first-up Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield, and despite giving them a start and having to bump his way clear, he was simply too good form them and was pulling away from Sikandarabad and Night’s Watch on the line. 

Sikandarabad has franked the form with a win in the Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) where he beat a quality line-up.

Aided by a faultless ride by Hugh Bowman in the Peter Young Stakes (1800m), Avilius defeated Trap For Fools and Ace High who line up in opposition on Saturday.

The son of Pivotal won the Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington last campaign before finishing 4th int the Cox Plate, and the fact he’s been so dominant when underdone in his first two runs this campaign suggests he’ going even better this time around. 

It’s double figures for every other runner in the field, and while Rekindling proved too strong in the Melbourne Cup, he was weighted to win that and seems under the odds as second favourite on Saturday.

Stablemate Almandin is proven fresh and has reportedly been working the house down at Macedon Lodge, and I’d rather include him in multiples than Rekindling. 

Yogi impressed first-up but ran slow time and sectionals compared with Avilius, but he could improve enough to get into the placings.

Shillelagh is the other to include in multiples. 

She possesses a brilliant turn of foot when right, and if they go quick and she gets a clear run down the straight, she’s capable of beating most of these home. 


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Australian Cup Tips - Avilius a clear standout

Two impressive victories this campaign sees Avilius stamp himself as the horse beat in Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.

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