A capacity field of 13 plus two emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having found good form leading into the 2015 Parramatta Cup, Diametric ($4) has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success on Saturday ahead of Burbero ($6.50), Greatwood and Black Jag; currently sharing the third line at a quote of $7 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Diametric justify favouritism and win the 2015 Parramatta Cup, or will on of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Trainer Gai Waterhouse saddled Carlton House to an agonizingly-close second in the 2014 edition of the Parramatta Cup, and is offered a great chance of going one better this weekend with talented stayer Greatwood. Beginning his racing tenure under the guidance of Luca Cumani in Britain, Greatwood performed well for Waterhouse over spring; running third amongst classy competition in the Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Handicap (1400m) first-up before taking out the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) most notably on August 30th. While beating just one runner home in the TAB Rewards BM90 (1500m) first-up on January 31st, the Manduro gelding is sure to react favourably to the step-up in distance of the 2015 Parramatta Cup.
Having also started his racing career abroad, Permit has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time in and arguably offers punters the best value for money in 2015 Parramatta Cup betting markets at current $15 odds for success or $4.60 to finish in the places. Running third in a minor over 1900m upon resuming in November, Permit continued to impress in finishing a credible fifth in the Listed Christmas Cup (2000m) and fourth in the Listed Tattersall’s Club Cup (2400m) on January 1st before placing a close second to Danas Best in the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m) last time out. Allocated the ideal barrier 2, Permit has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Josh Parr.
Tupac Amaru ($71)
A proven autumn performer, Tupac Amaru returned to racing for a disappointing 12th the a minor over 1500m first-up on February 7th, but is sure to react favourably to a sharp step-up in distance for the 2015 Parramatta Cup. Placing eleventh in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and ninth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), the Street Cry gelding charged home late to finish a close second behind Criterion in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 12th and returned to the paddock after an impressive display for sixth amongst open company in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 19th.
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