Avilius takes aim at the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday and Bettingpro.com.au provides you with a comprehensive guide to the race.
Australian Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw
The final field and barrier draw for the Australian Cup:
1. VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien – Craig Williams (10) 59kg
2. AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings – Dwayne Dunn (9) 59kg
3. SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) Mitsuru Hashida – Dean Yendall (8) 59kg
4. HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig – Jamie Kah (2) 59kg
5. KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller – Jye McNeil (1) 59kg
6. REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams – William Pike (12) 59kg
7. FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig – John Allen (13) 59kg
8. MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young – Ben Melham (6) 59kg
9. SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Michael Dee (14) 59kg
10. HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott – Brad Rawiller (11) 59kg
11. VENICE BEACH (IRE) Danny O’Brien – Fred W Kersley (a) (3) 59kg
12. CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig – Regan Bayliss (5) 58.5kg
13. CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig – Glen Boss (4) 58.5kg
14. MISS SISKA Grahame Begg – Damian Lane (7) 57kg
Australian Cup Odds
Godolphin’s Avilius is the race favourite at BetEasy.
Regal Power $6.00
Kings Will Dream $6.50
Fifty Stars $7.00
Mirage Dancer $9.50
Vow And Declare $12
Miss Siska $14
Southern France $15
Hush Writer $26
Cape Of Good Hope $41
Suzuka Devious $151
Venice Beach $151
Australian Cup Tips
Fifty Stars is interesting backing up from last weekend’s Blamey Stakes win, especially considering his Flemington record of three wins and a second place from six starts at the track.
Regal Power holds valid claims with undoubted improvement to come from his fourth place in the Peter Young Stakes first up and the Western Australian galloper will have plenty of support behind him.
Miss Siska has been impressive in winning her two starts this campaign, including that Peter Young Stakes, with the mare as versatile and tough as they come. But can she step up again in this field? I have my doubts.
Kings Will Dream looks primed for a big run third up after building to this with place efforts in his first two runs. He won third up last campaign in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) to signal his return at the highest level and can repeat that trick at a course where his record stands at 3-1-1 from seven runs.
Godolphin galloper Avilius won third up last preparation in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and should relish the step up in distance to the mile-and-a-half on Saturday, but he might just be edged out by Kings Will Dream.