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2020 Australian Cup - Avilius hot favourite to continue winning streak

The $1.5 million Australian Cup has always been a popular betting race during the Autumn Carnival
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Australian Cup punters look on as their bets run down the Flemington straight. (Getty Images)

2020 Australian Cup Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

DateSaturday March 9, 2019
StatusGroup 1
Prize Money$1.5 million

Punters love betting on the Australian Cup as it has unearthed champion winners including Humidor, Fiorente, Shocking and Zipping.

It's often a great guide into betting the Melbourne Cup and it gives punters an early look at the autumn stayers, which could perform at a high level later in the year.

The 2019 nomination list features an even market where Avilius is well-favoured to win.

2020 Australian Cup final field, barrier draw and 2019 odds

3Ace High813.00
4Trap For Fools615.00
5Ventura Storm531.00
8The Taj Mahal323.00
11So Si Bon1131.00
12Night's Watch711.00

2020 Australian Cup Best Bet - Avilius @ 1.95

Avilius has been in terrific form this season with wins at Caulfield in the Peter Young Stakes and Carlyon Cup. The imported runner for James Cummings has bounced back after running an unlucky 22nd in the Melbourne Cup and his turn-of-foot has been impressive.

Jockey Hugh Bowman got him into the clear at Caulfield last start and he hit the line with some serious purpose. That kind of speed makes it tough for the opposition as many of them are true grinding stayers.

Avilius has been heavily backed and rightfully so.

2020 Australian Cup Best Each Way - Rekindling @ 13.00

The 2018 Melbourne Cup winner hasn't raced since the first Tuesday in November but he's got ability. The four-time winner carried only 51.5kg in the Cup and rising to 59kg is an obvious detractor, but he runs well fresh up.

Punters are getting good odds for the son of High Chaparral and given his experience at Flemington, the confidence will be up.

2020 Australian Cup Best Roughie - Ace High @ 17.00

Encouraging run for third behind Avilius last start and he's always going to improve with more racing. The Group 1 age-group winner is a two-time winner over 2000m from three attempts and if they go a solid tempo up front, he could be hitting the line with purpose over the concluding stages.

17.00 is a fair price given his 20% winning strike rate and he offers punters with each-way credentials.

Best Bet: Avilius - 1.95 @ bet365
Best Each Way: Rekindling - 13.00 @ bet365
Best Roughie: Ace High - 17.00 @ bet365

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