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Adelaide Cup 2020 Tips For March 9 - Can Dark Alley repeat Surprise Baby's performance?

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Adelaide Cup 2020 Tips For March 9

The Group Two Adelaide Cup looks to be one of the best in recent years with King Of Leogrance and Dark Alley set to clash over 3200m.

King Of Leogrance comes out of the Roy Higgins Quality on February 29 as a deserved favourite but Dark Alley is a horse we have following as he progresses through the South Australian grades.

Despite the market support, is King Of Leogrance a sure thing on Adelaide Cup Day? We're looking beyond the favourite in the feature.

Adelaide Cup Information

  • DateMon 08 Mar, 2021
  • RacecourseMorphettville
  • Race Distance3200 metres
  • ConditionsOpen Handicap
  • StatusGroup 2
  • Prize Money$400,000

Adelaide Cup 2020 - Final Field & Betting Odds

1Home By MidnightPatrick PayneBilly Egan4$14.00
2YogiCiaron Maher & David EustaceJohn Allen6$16.00
3DabiyrChris WallerJye McNeil10$7.50
4King Of LeogranceDanny O'BrienDamian Lane15$2.60
5Chouxting The MobSimon MorrishBeau Mertens1$15.00
6Naval WarfareChris WallerDwayne Dunn8$26.00
7Rock OnPeter GelagotisN/A12$101.00
8EperdumentShane OxladeKayla Crowther2$16.00
9Yulong RisingDavid & Ben Hayes & Tom DabernigDean Holland7$26.00
10Good IdeaPhillip StokesBen Thompson13$15.00
11Heart Of GraceAnthony FreedmanDamien Thornton11$15.00
12AzuriteMicheal HickmottAnna Jordsjo16$81.00
13AlientatedCliff MurrayGeorgina Cartwright14$51.00
14Knight StarJeremy GaskJason Holder5$51.00
15Dark AlleyPaul PreuskerDeclan Bates9$5.50
16Turf ManMichael HickmottSairyn Fawke3$126

Adelaide Cup 2020 Best Bet - Dark Alley

I have been spruiking this bloke as a top Adelaide Cup hope before his last win in Adelaide over 2043m.

That win was dominant against the more experienced opposition where he was backed in from $5 to red figures.

He now has to step up 1200m in trip to the 3200m which is rarely seen, but was the correct medicine for Surprise Baby, stablemate of Dark Alley last year.

He has strong form all around him, even from his maiden win two back where the second horse has since won two on end.

He seems to have a world full of potential and certainly his ratings and SPs state that he is on a large upwards spiral.

Beating King Of Leogrance will be a tough task after his impressive Roy Higgins win, but we are on the progressive horse with a low weight, and is therefore my Adelaide Cup best bet.

Adelaide Cup 2020 Value Bet - Naval Warfare

Naval Warfare rounded out the placings in this event last year and represents value at the big price heading into Monday.

He is looking for that 3200m journey now and drawing perfectly in barrier eight will allow him ease across the field to take up the running.

This great stayer comes through the Roy Higgins and although well beaten by King Of Leogrance, he is the one we know runs out the 3200m well.

He is tough and gritty and although does not have the strongest turn of foot, he will be hard to run past and is deservedly the value bet of the Adelaide Cup.

Adelaide Cup FAQ

When is the 2020 Adelaide Cup?

The 2020 Adelaide Cup will be held on Monday, March 9 from Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia.

Where is the Adelaide Cup held?

The 2020 Adelaide Cup is held at Morphettville racecourse over a distance of two mile (3200m).

Who won last year's Adelaide Cup?

Last year's Adelaide Cup was won by Surprise Baby from the Paul Preusker stable.

This year he will have our top selection Dark Alley in the race.

How much prize money is the Adelaide Cup worth?

The Adelaide Cup is worth $400,000 and is run at Group Two status.


We will be having 10 units on Dark Alley to win and just the one on Naval Warfare at very big odds.

Best Bet: Dark Alley To Win @5.50 at Sportsbet - 10 Units
Value Bet: Naval Warfare To Win @26.00 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit

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