Marshal opens Cup favourite

Mongolian Marshal heads the betting for the Gr.2 Avondale Cup this weekend.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Mongolian Marshal has opened a $3 favourite with TAB Bookmakers for Saturday’s Gr.2 Coca-Cola Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie.

The High Chaparral four-year-old is the winner of five of his 15 starts, including the Gr.3 Waikato Cup (2400m), and though four of those wins have been up to 1600m, Baker pointed out he had won at the trip.

“The horse is well, but the distance is a query, though he has won a Waikato Cup at 2400m,” Baker said.

The showy gelding has had a good recent run of form, backing up his Waikato Cup win in December with a placing in the Gr.3 City of Auckland Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day and a runner-up performance behind Five to Midnight in the Karaka Cup (2200m) at Ellerslie last month.

Glory Days opened as an equal $5.50 second favourite for the Avondale Cup alongside Five To Midnight.

  • NZ Racing Desk