Melbourne Cup hopefuls Grey Lion, Oceanographer and Qewy will step out in the 2016 Geelong Cup at Geelong on Wednesday.
A field of 11 accepted for the Geelong Cup on Wednesday 19th October 2016 although top weight Who Shot Thebarman has already been scratched, leaving a field of ten runners.
The Matt Cumani-trained European import Grey Lion is ruling Geelong Cup favourite at $3.60 at online bookmaker Sportsbet.
His most recent outing was an unplaced run in the Group 2 Kergolay (3000m) at Deauville in France. Grey Lion will appreciate the drop in class at Geelong and has a win over 2500 metres to his credit back home.
The son of Galileo is currently $34 for the Melbourne Cup and is sure to firm accordingly if he can snare a victory.
Geelong Cup second favourite is British based galloper Oceanographer, from the Godolphin camp of Charlie Appleby, at $4.60.
The Sea The Stars gelding last raced in August when unplaced behind Heartbreak City in the Ebor (2816) at York in the United Kingdom. Heartbreak City is $13 for the Melbourne Cup while Oceanographer is $51.
Another couple of European invaders, Kinema $5.00 and Qewy $6.00, are well fancied in Geelong Cup betting.
Street Cry gelding Qewy is a stablemate of Oceanographer and is also $51 for the Melbourne Cup.
Darren Weir-trained stayer Black Tomahawk is best odds of the local Geelong Cup runners at $9.00.
“Since betting opened Grey Lion has been the one punters want. He holds six times more money than Oceanographer,” said Sportsbet’s Ben Bulmer.
“Black Tomahawk wasn’t wanted early, but his price has tumbled on the back of some decent wagers.”
The 2016 Geelong Cup is Race 7 on the Geelong card with start time set down for 4pm in the afternoon.
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2016 Geelong Cup Odds
$3.60 Grey Lion (out from $3.40)
$4.60 Oceanographer (out from $4.50)
$9.00 Black Tomahawk (in from $12)
$12.00 Arab Down (out from $10)
$12.00 Lucques (in from $13)
$31.00 All I Survey (in from $31)
$61.00 Wells (in from $31)
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