The Kingsford-Smith Cup hasn’t attracted the field we thought it would but that is good news for punters.
Punters are getting great odds for every runner in the 10-horse field and the Group 1 at Doomben looks up for grabs.
We have free tips, form and odds for every runner in the featured sprint this Saturday.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Kingsford-Smith Cup 2018
Impending @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Champagne Cuddles @ $5 – BET NOW
Care To Think @ $8 – BET NOW
2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Form Guide & Tips
Impending (Best Bet – $4.60) – BET NOW
It was hard not to be impressed with the performance of Impending in defeat last start.
The James Cummings-trained son of Lonhro finished only a neck behind race-rival English, which had a much better trip in transit.
He has drawn awkwardly in barrier nine for this and he carries 59kg, but Impending has class on his side and punters are getting good each way odds for the winner of almost $2 million.
Le Romain ($3.40) – BET NOW
Current favourite at $3.40 but that’s a touch too short for our liking.
The Kris Lees-trained runner has looked good this season but we can’t remember the last time he won a race and that’s a big concern.
He is knocking on the door of scoring a win but six wins from 25 starts isn’t good enough to warrant betting on him at this stage of his career.
Care To Think (Best Roughie – $8) – BET NOW
Care To Think might have finished sixth in a similar race last start but he hit the line well and the extra distance looks ideal.
The Matt Dunn-trained four-year-old finished second behind Crack Me Up prior to that and before that run he scored three consecutive wins.
Drawing barrier 11 will force jockey James McDonald to ride for luck but he will be hitting the line with intent.
Most Important ($26) – BET NOW
Looks held at this level after running eighth last start in the Doomben 10,000.
His effort prior to that when running second behind Impending was a better form guide but look for him in something easier.
Monsieur Gustave ($46) – BET NOW
His best form has come at the likes of Ipswich and Sunshine Coast.
It’s unlikely that he’s good enough to compete at Group 1 level and his odds accurately represent his chances of success.
Lucky Hussler ($23) – BET NOW
Darren Weir-trained eight-year-old which is well past his best.
Resuming here after four months on the sidelines, Lucky Hussler is classy at best and he did score a win at Moonee Valley in October, but he was easily held by Care To Think last start.
Would need a strong market push and it doesn’t appear to be coming.
Endless Drama ($18) – BET NOW
Has some sprinting credentials but we would prefer to see him running over longer distances.
The Chris Waller-trained import scored a 2.5-length trial win at Randwick over 1050m and that likely suggested to Waller that he could win at Group 1 level.
He has drifted from $15 to $18 and we can’t see him fighting out the finish.
English ($5) – BET NOW
Got the run of the race last start and she capitalised on that.
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained mare had been promising a win at the top level for some time and it was good to see her finally break through.
Can she do it twice in a row? That’s the tough question but she does get the inside draw and that’s a big bonus.
The money is on and rightfully so given her recent form.
Volpe Veloce ($18) – BET NOW
New Zealand-trained mare which has won four from five starts on a good track but co-trainer Graham Richardson wanted the sting out of the track.
The winner of 10 from 15 races has a great record in New Zealand and he ran good sectionals at Te Rapa last start off a slow tempo.
She’s not the worst chance at the odds.
Champagne Cuddles (Best Each Way – $5) – BET NOW
Showed that she might be up to Group 1 level by beating a good field at Gold Coast last time out.
Bjorn Baker lines up the three-year-old filly which has yet to finish outside of the placings and she gets into the race with only 55kg on her back.
She has good tactical pace and if punters can get $2 for the place, she looks like a good bet.