THE Guy Walter-trained Jacquinot Bay has been installed as favourite for Friday’s $170,000 Listed Albury Gold Cup in TAB Fixed Odds markets.
Jacquinot Bay is one of three last-start winners in the cup field after storming to an impressive win in the Canberra Cup at his most recent start.
The winner of almost $400,000 in career earnings has been quoted as the $5 favourite in an open cup market.
For an on pace runner, Jacquinot Bay has drawn awkwardly in barrier 12, but he will be partnered by leading Sydney hoop Blake Shinn.
Walter is targeting his first Albury feature while Shinn is a previous winner aboard the Jim Conlan-trained Above Deck in 2006.
In a strong form pointer, the Norm Gardner-trained Coliseo was narrowly beaten in last year’s Canberra Cup before being beaten a lip in the Albury Cup at his next start.
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The Lloyd Williams-owned Massiyn is quoted second favourite at $8 and will be ridden by Cox Plate-winning jockey Chad Schofield.
The Irish import was fifth in the Yarra Valley Cup this month and was runner-up in the group 1 Irish St Leger two years ago.
Massiyn is one of two gallopers for Team Williams — stablemate Tanby is a $10 chance with Steven Arnold booked for his first Albury Cup mount.
2012 cup winner Extra Zero and the Peter Moody-trained Sneak A Peek are the only other gallopers quoted under double figure odds and are both at $9.
Extra Zero finished third in the Canberra Cup with trainer David Hayes knowing how to win the Riverina’s richest race after Growl saluted in 2010.
Reigning Albury Gold Cup winner Niblick is given no chance of repeating last year’s heroics and is a $41 pop.
The Brett Cavanough-trained galloper is a noted mudlark and his price could shorten dramatically if the forecast rain arrives before Friday.
The Brian Cox-trained Full Hand is considered the best local hope in the race at $26.