2017 Grafton Cup Tips & Betting Preview

July 12th, 2017

Fifteen stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Thursday’s 2017 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m); offering punters terrific value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Supply And Demand is our tip to win Thursday's 2017 Grafton Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Supply And Demand is our tip to win Thursday’s 2017 Grafton Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Supply And Demand has found terrific form this time in and remains a clear $3 favourite in 2017 Grafton Cup betting markets, ahead of Montauk ($4.80), More Energy ($9) and consistent mare War Baby ($10).

Will Supply And Demand justify favouritism and win the 2017 Grafton Cup, or will one of his rivals post an upset?

1st

Supply And Demand ($3)

Supply And Demand was simply too good for a quality staying field in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) last time out and should prove extremely difficult to beat. The Sebring gelding took a couple of runs to find form upon resuming this time, but ran on for fifth in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) before placing a close second in a Randwick mile race on May 27th. Having since taken out his three most-recent starts without truly being tested, the horse clearly faces a big task in overcoming this talented Grafton Cup field, but is more than capable of winning.

2nd

More Energy ($9)

More Energy has been up for a long time, but is rock-hard fit and carries terrific form into the Grafton Cup. Hitting something of a flat spot in late April and early May, the Fastnet Rock gelding produced a big turn of foot to run on for third behind Broadside in the JB Cummings Hall Of Fame Trophy (2000m). Weathering a tough run in transit before finishing sixth in the Souths Juniors BM80 (2000m) on June 10th, More Energy was last seen hitting the line for a close second in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on June 24th and will only relish a step up in distance on Thursday.

3rd

Benzini ($12)

Kiwi raider Benzini has not been far away in each of his starts this time and should again be right in the finish of the Grafton Cup on Thursday. Arriving in Australia for consecutive fourth-place finishes in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) and Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m), the Tale Of The Cat gelding ran second in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2350m), before finishing sixth in the Caloundra Cup last time out. The gelding has been charged with overcoming topweight, but his class is sure to count for plenty when he takes his place in the Grafton Cup field.

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