Orange Cup tips, trials, and tribulations

The Orange Cup will be run and won today.
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Racing Orange host their annual Orange Cup program on Friday.

The eight-race card will be held on a soft five, but there will be a chance of an upgrade throughout the day. 

The rail is out +3.5 m 500m-300m, and the cutaway applies.

On a big day for the club, the $75,000 Orange Cup over 2110m is the feature.

With the first two horses across the line gaining a start in the $3 million Big Dance and $750,000 Little Dance, respectively, there is a lot on the line. 

The Richard and Will Freedman-trained Piraeus (Keagan Latham) has been well-supported from a $3.20 opening quote into a $2.50 favourite.

Without winning, the four-year-old has been racing well, placing at Randwick, Canberra, Warwick Farm, and Wyong in recent starts, and he can run out a strong 2100m. 

Still, he’s found ways not to win, and it might be hard to be confident about the short quote. 

The Scott Singleton-trained Vincenzo (Mikayla Weir) is the $4 second favourite but is on the drift after opening the $2.80 favourite. 

A winner at Hawkesbury before taking out the Mornington Prelude (2100m) at Tamworth earlier this month, the distance won’t be a concern, but he will have to lug 61kg, and there isn’t a lot of pace in the event, which might go against the Scone galloper.

Punters will have to watch the markets with the Peter Nestor-trained Blue Guitar. 

Nestor is an astute trainer who knows when his horses are ready to win. The Dubbo Galloper was well-supported last start when winning the Iron Horse (2400m) at Wellington, but he does drop back 300m for this event, which will make things more difficult.. 

Still, if there is money around for the current $5.50 chance, it may be worth following. 

The Orange Sprint has been knocked around by scratchings, with only seven starters going around in the $35,000 event, but we like Mr Moppett ($4.40).

The Jerilderie galloper has been racing in Victoria and hasn’t been far off the pace in much more challenging races. 

Trained by Ross Purcell, he travels well, and if all things are even, the $4.40 on offer looks very juicy.  

One for the value players could be Externus (Jake Pracey-Holmes) in the 1410m Class One Handicap.

I love the addition of Pracey-Holmes, who’s riding in great form, and from gate three, the Damien Lane-trained Wyong visitor won’t have to use a lot of fuel to find a good spot; it’s just a question of whether he will run out the seven furlongs. 

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Orange Tips – 19/04/2024

Race 1: Luskin Vain – $6.50

Race 2: Joey D’Or – $1.28

Race 3: All So Easy – $7

Race 4: Externus – $7.50

Race 5: Dagon – $3.50

Race 6: Mr Moppett – $4.40

Race 7: Piraeus – $2.50

Race 8: Feirme Prince – $5.50

Quaddie: 4, 5, 6, 9 – 2, 3 – 1, 4, 7 – 3, 5, 7, 8. $96 for 100%