13 talented runners have been confirmed to contest this afternoon’s featured Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m), highlighted by the inclusion of some of Tasmania’s leading racehorses and several notable mainland raiders.
Genuine Lad has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time in, and while yet to return to the winner’s circle in seven starts, is arguably offered his best chance to date in the 2015 Launceston Cup having been charged with carrying just 54kgs and confirmed to be partnered by renowned jockey Craig Williams.
While allocated the somewhat wide barrier 9, Genuine Lad has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Launceston Cup betting markets and is currently rated a $3.20 chance for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing four wins and a further ten minor places finishes from his 16 start career to date, Genuine Lad returned to competition for third in the Newstead Hotel BM72 (1400m) on November 12th and continued to impress when placing third in each of the Corporate Marquee BM72 (1420m), Helloworld Golden Mile (1600m) and Sheffield Cup (1650m).
Unlucky to place second when blocked for a run late in the Davenport Cup (1880m) on January 7th, the Ladoni gelding has placed second behind fellow 2015 Launceston Cup acceptor Geegees Blackflash in each of the Summer Cup (2200m) and Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) most recently.
Banca Mo has so-far received the greatest share of attention from punters in 2015 Launceston Cup betting markets, who have seen the talented seven-year-old cut in from opening odds of $4.40 to currently rest at a quote of $3.40 for success.
Finishing outside the top three only a handful of times through his 29 start career so far, the lightly-raced veteran placed fourth in the Listed Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Launceston first-up on December 3rd; progressing to minor place finishes in the Launceston Mitsubishi WFA Cup (1400m) and Listed Tasmanian Stakes (1600m).
Having run on for third in the Hobart Cup last time out, the son of Tough Speed will leave from barrier 7 in the 2015 Launceston Cup and will be partnered by regular jockey David Pires.
Charged with lugging a race-high 60.5kgs, Geegees Blackflash will have to find an extra gear if to continue his winning ways through the 2015 Launceston Cup, but remains third-favourite for success at $3.60 odds.
The winner of the 2013 Launceston Cup and having placed in three other editions of the race, the Clangalang gelding was arguably the biggest winner of all leading contenders when allocated the ideal barrier 4, and arguably offers punters the best value for money as a selection in a 2015 Launceston Cup quinella or trifecta bet.
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