One of the first rules when it comes to racing is that when a Robert Smerdon runner is backed, they generally win, and that could well be the case with Maurus when he lines up in the JRA Cup (2040m) on Friday night at Moonee Valley.
The former David Vandyke runner, who bolted up in a recent Cranbourne trial after a below par effort at Flemington, has clearly been the best backed to win the feature. He opened $15 and the support has kept coming, now into $8.50.
Real Love is the $3.90 favourite and is rock solid while Tom Melbourne, who also opened $4.40, has drifted to $4.50. Taiyoo, who has been awful this prep, has had admirers at odds ($34-$21-$29). Observational also also bee well support ($5.50-$4.60).
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