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Geelong Cup preview: Everything you need to know about the Group 3 race worth $500,000 over 2400m

As it tradition 13 days out from the Melbourne Cup, the Group 3 Geelong Cup will be run over 2400m on Wednesday at 4pm AEDT – and plenty of experts are tipping First Immortal to salute in style.

Trained by Mark and Levi Kavanagh, the four-year-old gelding has dominated the market betting, and with champion jockey Jamie Kah securing the ride, he will be hard to beat, despite drawing barrier 15.

Other fancied chances for the race include Ashrun, Virtuous Circle and More Felons.

Staged annually at Geelong Racecourse in Victoria, the Cup was first run in 1872 and has a prize purse of $500,000.

Below is Daily Mail Australia’s runner-by-runner guide to Geelong Cup:

First Immortal (left) is the pick of many racing experts ahead of the Geelong Cup on Wednesday

First Immortal (left) is the pick of many racing experts ahead of the Geelong Cup on Wednesday

Talented hoop Jamie Kah (pictured, above) will be on board the pre-race favourite at Geelong

Talented hoop Jamie Kah (pictured, above) will be on board the pre-race favourite at Geelong

1. Spanish Mission (barrier 11)

SCRATCHED

2. Ashrun (barrier 1)

A notorious slow starter, could prove crucial. Also dropped 1.5kg to race.

Odds: $7

Jockey: Mark Zahra

Trainers: Ciaron Maher and David Eustace 

3. King Frankel (barrier 3)

Quality of the field could prove his undoing.

Odds: $14

Jockey: Jamie Mott

Trainer: Annabel Neasham  

4. Sheraz (barrier 12)

SCRATCHED

5. Magical Lagoon (barrier 5)

Should comfortably run the distance, also can call on a very handy jockey in the ageless Damien Oliver.

Odds: $21

Jockey: Damien Oliver

Trainer: Chris Waller 

6. More Felons (barrier 10)

Overseas form reads quite well and has the formidable Chris Waller/Michael Dee factor going for him.

Odds: $8.50

Jockey: Michael Dee

Trainer: Chris Waller 

7. Virtuous Circle (barrier 4)

Absolutely luckless in The Bart Cummings, poised for a big run here.

Odds: $7.50 

Jockey: Damian Lane 

Trainer: Liam Howley 

8. Fancy Man (barrier 17)

SCRATCHED 

9. High Emocean (barrier 16)

She has the scope to improve, but best days appear to be behind her.

Odds: $26 

Jockey: Harry Coffey 

Trainer: Ciaron Maher and David Eustace

Formidable trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will be hoping Sir Lucan stuns the Group 3 field

Formidable trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will be hoping Sir Lucan stuns the Group 3 field

10. Sir Lucan (barrier 2)

Likes to lead, but prefer others over this distance.

Odds: $23 

Jockey: Linda Meech 

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott

11. Amade (barrier 13)

Appears to be just making up the numbers. A win will shock.

Odds: $31 

Jockey: Zac Spain 

Trainer: Phillip Stokes

12. Mount Popa (barrier 14)

Another one where if he features at the winning post, it will be a stunning result. 

Odds: $67 

Jockey: Jye McNeil 

Trainer: Michael, Wade and John Hawkes

13. First Immortal (barrier 15)

Will take some stopping, run in The Bart Cummings was outstanding.

Odds: $2.80 

Jockey: Jamie Kah

Trainer: Mark and Levi Kavanagh

Trainers Mark Kavanagh (pictured, right) and Levi Kavanagh have high hopes for First Immortal

Trainers Mark Kavanagh (pictured, right) and Levi Kavanagh have high hopes for First Immortal

14. Timour (barrier 9)

Highly unlikely to topple the field. Triple figure odds for a reason.

Odds: $126 

Jockey: Beau Mertens

Trainer: Chris Waller 

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15. Ferago (barrier 6)

Veteran who modest career race record can’t be ignored.

Odds: $71 

Jockey: Harry Grace

Trainer: Patrick F Ryan Jnr 

16. Mr Waterville (barrier 7)

Irish stayer who is capable, but finished last over the same distance in his most recent run.

Odds: $19 

Jockey: Craig Williams

Trainer: Chris Waller

17. The Map (barrier 8)

Last start win, but a significant step up in class at Geelong.

Odds: $61

Jockey: Ben Price (apprentice)

Trainers: Dan Clarken  and Oppy Macgillivray

Champion jockey Damien Oliver is chasing glory on Magical Lagoon ahead of his retirement in December

Champion jockey Damien Oliver is chasing glory on Magical Lagoon ahead of his retirement in December

Bet Right CEO Anthony Waller believes it will take a special run to beat First Immortal.

‘He is chasing a Melbourne Cup start, and showed his class in the Living Legends Handicap at Caulfield last month,’ Waller told Daily Mail Australia.

‘He was also very unlucky to finish second in the Group 3 Bart Cummings at Flemington. 

‘Despite drawing awkwardly in barrier 14, First Immortal has the early speed to overcome this and with gun jockey Jamie Kah on board, should give backers a good sight.’

Waller also tipped the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained High Emocean to be in the mix alongside Virtuous Circle, who was runner-up in the Group 1 ATC Derby earlier this year.

Bet Right selections:

1. First Immortal

2. High Emocean

3. Virtuous Circle

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