It might have lost it’s grade one status and gone metric a hundred years after its inaugural running in 1874 but as the shifting 2019 Wellington Cup odds Excalibur gets demonstrates, it still captures the punters imaginations. Falling so soon in the New Year and run over 3,200m this is no quick dash and in heavy conditions can be a grueling test of both horse and rider, the question is should you back one of the favorites or take a punt on one of the many longshots available?
- January 19th 2019
- Trentham Racecourse
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Inaugurated – 1874
- Surface – Turf
- Distance – 3,200m
- Purse – NZ$250,000
Well anyone thinking about placing a bet on sports in New Zealand should probably not do so on The Rebel Knight or Aigne, neither of which stand even as much of a chance as the bookies like Bet365 give them at 150/1. Show Maccool, High Quality, Victory Drive, and Francis Drake (as well as the horrifically named Dee And Gee) all get 100/1 which compared to those 7/1 2019 Wellington Cup odds Excalibur gets is just a little too cavalier, even if you plump for a place.
Will Prince Jabeel Have It All Its Own Way?
Kyrie Eleison and De Gaulle both get 66/1 tailing the pack at 50/1 that includes Sylvester, Kamanda Lincoln, Red Cloud, Redcayenne, Korakonui, and the slightly interesting Missy Moo who should perhaps be the outer limits of your bravery should you spurn the 2019 Wellington Cup odds Excalibur is garnering in favor of something more risky. Anyone more sensible looking for an each-way wager need look no further than the trio loitering at 33/1 on sites like Bet365.
Gorbachev, Megablast and Gundown all get that price and each could well surprise on the day, as could, of course, Sulcifera, Andoyas, Sampson and Procelain Princess all of which get 25/1 and Mental Telepathy and Hank Moody get 20/1. Duplicity is a 16/1 chance on Bet365, one of the best online sportsbook sites in New Zealand these days, and frankly that’s hugely tempting, although Terra Sancta gets 14/1 and The Good Fight gets 12/1 as does Five To Midnight.
2019 Wellington Cup Odds – Excalibur 7/1 At Bet365
So then will it be the 10/1 shot Mongolian Marshal who’ll take the win? That’s the same price as Jacksstar and only barely off what the bookies like Bet365 are giving Rock On who has now slid out to around 9/1. That’s way off the 2019 Wellington Cup odds Excalibur and Prince Jabeel are getting, and if you’re going to take advantage of New Zealand gambling laws to bet on this race Bizzwinkle and Alinko Prince are both good choices, that 8/1 a very fair assessment of their pace.
Used to the longer distances the 2019 Wellington Cup odds Excalibur gets are a reflection of its stamina potential and given this is a war of attrition there’s every chance it’ll overhaul Prince Jabeel somewhere around the 2k mark. That said there’s a reason Prince Jabeel gets just 4/1, winning its last race in Auckland, its sixth placed finish on the bounce, and looking every bit the horse to beat. The question is, will the expected really happen over that 3,200 meter course? Nah.