Jim Taylor’s seven-year-old Scenic gelding Idyllic Prince will start in tomorrow’s $125,000 Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Belmont Park as the hot pre-race favourite ahead of defending champion Grand Nirvana.
Securing the prized inside running with barrier one, Idyllic Prince is currently paying $3.80 for a win in the 2010 Roma Cup through Ladbrokes.com.au, while last year’s winner Grand Nirvana is the equal second-favourite at $5.50.
Last start the two favourites ran the quinealla in the H G Bolton Stakes (1200m) at the same Belmont track, the Fred Kersley-trained Grand Nirvana taking out the sprint for the second successive year.
Since drawing well with barrier three for Saturday four-year-old Grand Nirvana, who shares the same sire as Idyllic Prince, has shortened from $6 into $5.50 in the Ladbrokes.com.au market.
Three-year-old Kid Choisir is also paying $5.50 for a win, the Frank Maynard-trained Choisir colt drifting out from his opening $5 odds.
The punters have been getting behind a number of other Roma Cup runners including two others from the stables of Jim Taylor, Vain Raider and Black In Time.
Stablemates of Idyllic Prince, Vain Raider has been the biggest mover in the odds backed in from $14 to $10 while five-year-old mare Black In Time is now paying $12 through Ladbrokes.com.au after also starting at $14.
One horse representing excellent value WATC Derby third placegetter Phenomenons, the powerful gelding returning from a hoof injury at $14 for a win.
To view the final field & preview for the 2010 D’Orsogna Roma Cup click here. The odds for all the Belmont races on this weekend can be found at Ladbrokes.com.au, who also have the hottest betting markets for tomorrow’s Doomben meeting featuring the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
2010 Roma Cup Betting Odds
|2||IDYLLIC PRINCE (1)||3.80|
|3||ROMAN TIME (11)||26.00|
|4||GRAND NIRVANA (3)||5.50|
|5||OROYA GOLD (2)||34.00|
|8||VAIN RAIDER (9)||10.00|
|9||FOXY BOY (8)||41.00|
|10||KENS DOUBLE (14)||41.00|
|11||CLASSY NUGGET (7)||31.00|
|14||KID CHOISIR (4)||5.50|
|15||BLACK IN TIME (5)||12.00|
|16||BROADWAY BELLE (13)||14.00|
*Odds provided by premier online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au and are subject to change