GRV’s resident form analyst The Watchdog has cast an expert eye over TAB’s ‘All In’ market on the Group 1 Sale Cup ahead of four intriguing heats of the middle distance feature, to be held this Sunday night.
Mepunga Ruby sits atop betting at $4.50, but while The Watchdog has tipped the Jeff Britton-trained two-time Group 1 finalist to win the third heat, he’s steering punters elsewhere as he searches for value in his theoretical $50 spend.
“Mepunga Ruby deserves to be favourite. She is one of the best stayers in the game but it’s her first look at the track and she is going to need a few things to go her way,” cautioned The Watchdog.
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The Watchdog is excited about the return to racing of the prodigiously talented Zac’s Entity, trained by Kel Greenough, who’s taking aim at back-to-back Sale Cup celebrations after Houdini Boy was victorious in 2020.
Zac’s Entity, which is engaged in heat two, is on the second line of ‘All In’ betting at $6.50.
“This boy is an amazing chaser,” said The Watchdog.
“He trialled in around 29.50sec at The Meadows two weeks ago, so he’s going to come into this nice and fresh and obviously he’s going really, really well. I think he’s primed for this and whatever he does in his heat, he’s going to improve on next week.”
Looking wider, The Watchdog has identified two contenders at $18 in the Dustin Drew-trained Untapped, a last start finalist in the Group 1 Bold Trease final at Sandown Park, and local Omega Tyson, prepared by Barry Harper at Seaspray.
“Untapped recently stepped up to ‘the 700’ in the Bold Trease series,” The Watchdog said.
“She won her heat and was far from disgraced in the final (fourth), and on both occasions she carved out ridiculous sectionals. Those first, second and third sectionals were off the map and I think this distance range, the 650m, is going to suit her down to the ground. The wide draw (Box 7) is also ideal.
“Omega Tyson has gone to another level since stepping up to the middle distance range and his last two runs over the 650m at Sale have been pretty impressive.
“He’s come up with ‘the red’ in his heat and if he can head to the back in the top three or four we know how strong he is. He’ll get every chance to qualify and if he comes up with a good draw in the final he’ll be well fancied.”
WATCH: ZAC’S ENTITY (4) recovered from a poor start to power away from his rivals and win by 10 lengths in 36.95sec in his only Sale 650m start on October 17. Results
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