Betting odds have been released for the Group 1 Doomben Cup, which is due to take place at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday May 19, 2012.
Current favourite to win the 2012 Doomben Cup is Manighar, who is paying odds of $2.20 at bookmaker.com.au.
Manighar has won nine of his 27 race starts and has earned more than $3 million in prize money during his horse racing career.
The six-year-old gelding finished second last start in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick racecourse on April 28, 2012.
Second favourite for the 2012 2012 Doomben Cup is currently Shez Sinsational, who is paying $6 at bookmaker.com.au, while Lights Of Heaven is third favourite at $6.
Scenic Shot is paying $16 at bookmaker.com.au as he attempts to win his third Doomben Cup this weekend.
Jockey Shane Scriven is confident the nine-year-old gelding will be in the mix after his fifth place finish in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes on May 5, 2012.
“I put all my faith in this old horse,” Scriven said.
“He made me get out of bed and work my guts out.
“The thought of riding him again made me go for exercise instead of eating a meal.
“I love the horse. Why wouldn’t I? But on form I think third is his best finishing place.
“I think Manighar is coming off the best weight-for-age form of the year by a fair way.
“If he brings that form to the Doomben Cup, only bad luck can beat him.
“I really liked the win by Shez Sinsational in the Hollindale. I just hope they both have come to the end of their campaigns. I hope they are in B grade form.”
While he is only expecting a third place spot, Scriven would not be at all surprised if the Scenic gelding came through with the win.
And neither would trainer Dan Morton’s father Len, who is currently looking after the horse in Brisbane.
“Everything has gone right for our old horse,” Morton said.
“It was a hard run in tough conditions in the Hollindale but he came up really well after a few days recovery.
“There is no doubt this field is a bit tougher than what he beat in the other two Doomben Cups but it would be a wonderful thing if he could pull it off.”
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