|What||$75.00 Moruya Cup|
|When||Thursday, January 14, 2021|
|Race time||16:45pm AEDT|
The $73,500 Moruya Showcase Cup is the feature race around the country on Thursday. Run over 1425m at Benchmark 87 level, a field of 17 classy country gallopers has been assembled, topped by Donandkim and Gunga Din. Payton Place will lead the big field, while East Indiaman, Hay Bale and Shangani Patrol will likely push on from the deep.
We are siding with ex-Victorian sprinter, Hay Bale here at a juicy price. The now locally trained gelding has taken to the Moruya track like a duck to water, winning three times and placing three times from seven starts. Drawn barrier 15 under John Kissick, he’ll push forward to look for a position in the first few. In what doesn’t look like a strong tempo, he can benefit late and win this at around $14.
Gunga Din was a brilliant winner a fortnight ago in the TAB Federal at Canberra, so he should be fit for this. Down 4.5kg in weights and having the experienced Blaike McDougall on board is an advantage. He clearly has the class to win this. Barrier 10 will suit, as he’ll settle midfield and be finishing strongly late if the speed is good enough. He’s probably the best horse in the race, and on form he can be winning.
Greg Backhouse saddles up last start winner, Whisky’n’diamonds here. The winner of the Xmas Cup, at this track, defeated Hay Bale by a neck on that occasion over 1300m, but meets him 1.5kg worse off here. He’s won six times on good going and is a six time winner at Moruya so he should love the conditions. The Commands gelding will get back from barrier 2, but should be finding the line very well late under Jordan Mallyon.
$100 Moruya Cup betting strategy 14/1/2021
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|$30 each-way||Hay Bale|
|$20 each-way||Gunga Din|