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2014 Caulfield Cup – complete betting guide

#1/ Sportingbet.com.au

Sportingbet has an all new-look website which has become easier for punters to navigate around its many pages. It has also framed a market for the 2014 Caulfield Cup, which features Australia’s best chances. Last year’s winner Fawkner is well in the market at $26 where Complacent holds favouritism at $17. Sportingbet’s biggest acclamation is that it offers money back on all Caulfield Cup bets where the horse doesn’t start. Unlike other futures bets where your money is lost if the horse doesn’t start, Sportingbet will refund your initial investment.

Sportingbet offer a 5% ‘best tote’ option where punters will get an extra 5% win dividend across a range of three different totes. This offer is only available on selected races including the Caulfield Cup and its customers can watch the race on their phones due to Sportingbet’s live broadcast feature. They have also developed a new app for smart phones and tablets which makes placing a bet easier and quicker. Sign up to Sportingbet for a free $200 bet which can be used on the Caulfield Cup.

#2/ Sportsbet.com.au

Sportsbet are great at getting its odds out quickly to the public and it is excellent for punters wanting an early bet on the bigger races such as the Caulfield Cup. It offers more than competitive odds and its current Caulfield Cup favourite is Solicit at $13, which is great value for a horse that will most likely line up in the race at much lower odds. For those who don’t bet using fixed odds, Sportsbet offer ‘top tote plus’ where punters get the best odds from a range of three different totes which will mean punters can also bet into the biggest pools come Caulfield Cup time.

Sportsbet has an app for its customers to use on their iPhone with easy access to over 1000+ markets including the Caulfield Cup and other spring carnival races. This app is available on iPhone 4, 4s and iPhone 5. It’s an easy way to deposit and withdraw on the go and punters can keep track of live odds from anywhere in Australia. Sportsbet run a 24 hour customer service help line where punters can either call or email the friendly team.

#3/ Centrebet.com

Centrebet offer the unique option of fixed price betting where bettors can select a futures quinella for the major carnival races. This type of betting option is not only exciting for the punter, but the odds available are better than you would get on the day of the Caulfield Cup. They have a market for the Cup on display and punters will get their money back if their horse does not start in the race. Centrebet’s new website features a full form guide, scratching service and also a live broadcast of racing events.

Join Centrebet for a free $200 signup bonus and make full use of its wide variety of betting options. It is set up for mobile betting with two apps for both android and iOS, which makes placing a bet on the 2014 Caulfield Cup more user friendly.

2014 Caulfield Cup field and odds

Head to any of our four listed bookmakers for an updated list of Caulfield Cup prospect where customers can already place a bet and secure the great value on offer. Below is the most updated market which is available at Sportsbet.com.au

*Pre-nominations – information subject to change

Solicit – $13
Opinion – $21
Zanbagh – $21
May’s Dream – $21
Sertorius – $21
Kirramosa – $21
Tres Blue – $21
Dominant – $26
Seismos – $26
Masked Marvel – $26
Lucia Valentina – $26
Prince Of Penzance – $26
Dandino – $26
The Offer – $26
Thunder Fantasy – $26
Hawkspur – $26
Royal Descent – $26
Signoff – $26
Shamus Award – $34
Voleuse De Coeurs – $34
Fawkner – $34 (better than the $26 offered elsewhere)
Silent Achiever – $41
Dear Demi – $67
Precedence – $101

Best Australian horses to bet on

Signoff @$26 – The Darren Weir-trained runner has come out of nowhere to burst onto the Caulfield Cup scene. The gelding has won five from six starts and he’s got the same team around him as last year’s favourite Puissance De Lune. He looks to have great staying power and he will likely contend major races during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Solicit @$13 – The current favourite and rightly so after the three-year-old finished third in the Group One Crown Oaks and she has since won her last two starts in group grade. Come Caulfield Cup time she will be a strong mare and she will be a huge hope at taking out the event on the back of her solid staying race form.

May’s Dream @$21 – Darren Weir will likely line up another top chance with May’s Dream, who ran second in the 1000 Guineas at Caulfield last year. The three-year-old filly didn’t get all favours in the Crown Oaks but it looks as though she will handle the distance against the older horses. She has only won two races to date so she will get into the field on a good weight. For more value on May Dream’s head to Sportingbet.com.au where she is currently paying a much better price at $31.

Royal Descent @$26 – This four-year-old mare has all the credentials to win a Caulfield Cup after running fifth last year. She was well favoured at $7 so already the $26 on offer is great value and she hasn’t shown any signs of lacking form. The Chris Waller-trained runner has had one run since for a fourth but she has bigger plans in sight including the Caulfield Cup.

Notable international runners in the market

Tres Blue @$21 – Despite being in the Gai Waterhouse stables, we can class the French/German-bred horse as an international runner. The four-year-old has had only one start in Australia which came in the Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately, he picked up an injury during the run but that hasn’t dampened his Caulfield Cup credentials. He won his last two races in France in group grade and he has the class necessary to win.

Lucia Valentina @$26 – The New Zealand runner has had one start in Australia for a third in the Surround Stakes and she brings in good form from over the ditch with a placing behind Rising Romance and a fourth behind derby winner Puccini. Now with Kris Lees, she looks to have plenty of staying power and she is by Savabeel who have no problem seeing out the 2400 metre distance.

Silent Achiever $41 – Another Kiwi runner who has good Australian form and she dominates her racing in New Zealand. The Roger James-trained mare has won in excess of $1.7 million and she has won in Australian at Moonee Valley in the Group Two Crystal Mile, beating Rangirangdoo.

Caulfield Cup race details and history

CaulfieldWhat: Caulfield Cup, Group One over 2400 metres.
Purse: $2.5 million.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014.
Where: Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia.

The Caulfield Cup is one of Australia’s most prized and richest races. The staying race held over 2400 metres is usually used as a guide to the Melbourne Cup, which is held only weeks following, but the race stills holds it’s own rich history. First run in 1879, the handicap event is open to horses three years old or above but three-year-old’s find it extremely tough to win. In recent history the race has been won by a range of horses including the international raider Dunaden, who is a possible starter this year, and All The Good, who was trained by Saeed Bin Suroor at Goldolphin Stables.

Local winners have included the Gai Waterhouse-trained Descarado and the Bart Cummings-trained Viewed. New Zealanders have had a good history winning the Caulfield Cup. Ethereal won it in 2001 before taking the Melbourne Cup honours later that year. The mighty Might and Power won in his classic front running style in 1997 and the memorable efforts of Damien Oliver aboard Doriemus in 1995 captured everyone’s hearts.

Other champions such as Paris Lane, Let’s Elope and Gurner’s Lane have all tasted success in the Caulfield Cup and this year’s classic will provide yet another.

2013 Caulfield Cup result

1st – Fawkner: Win – $9.90, Place – $3.20
2nd – Dandino: $3.40
3rd – Dear Demi: $6.90

Quinella – $43.60
Trifecta – $1937.10
First Four – $14739.80

For Australiangambling.com.au’s complete guide to betting on horse racing, click here.