Lazarus will go around as one of the shortest priced favourites in Hunter Cup history this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton.
The Kiwi superstar is $1.40 @ Sportsbet to add another Group One to his impressive resume which reads 34 wins and eight placings from 42 starts for earnings of nearly $3.4million.
Mark Purdon’s stable star is yet to miss a place and will begin from barrier three on Saturday night.
Chances are that he will lead from that point over the 2760 metres and if he doesn’t then he will probably work his way to the front at some point. Tiger Tara, drawn the pole, has sufficient gate speed to hold but whether Todd McCarthy will want to do so over the longer journey remains to be seen. If he hands up the front to Lazarus then there is your quinella right there, however, if he holds he will either cause an upset or finish out of the placings.
Lazarus produced one of the best runs seen in a generation when three-wide the trip in the Fremantle Cup on January 12. Entitled to drop out of the 2536 metre journey, the son of Bettors Delight had the audacity to hit the front midway down the straight before being dive-bombed by My Hard Copy which had the far easier run in transit.
The Inter Dominion champ is the best stayer in the race, best horse in the southern hemisphere and with any sort of luck will be winning on Saturday night.
If you are looking for something for the multiples, Tiger Tara ($8.50) definitely has to be in the mix while Victorian champ Lennytheshark ($8.50) is a definite to include also as he is racing more like a stayer these days. Yayas Hot Spot ($126 Win / $17 Place) isn’t the worst bet you could have on an eachway basis but will need plenty of luck from gate six.