Idyllic Prince the Favourite in 2010 Roma Cup Betting

May 28th, 2010

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, 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 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 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, 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


Horse (Barrier)


1 MEGATIC (15) 9.00
3 ROMAN TIME (11) 26.00
4 GRAND NIRVANA (3) 5.50
5 OROYA GOLD (2) 34.00
6 ESCADAIRE (16) 31.00
7 KEYTOMONEY (6) 61.00
8 VAIN RAIDER (9) 10.00
9 FOXY BOY (8) 41.00
10 KENS DOUBLE (14) 41.00
11 CLASSY NUGGET (7) 31.00
12 PHENOMENONS (12) 14.00
13 LONDON (10) 21.00
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 and are subject to change