With less than 50 days left until the 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival lights up the Flemington track, premier online bookie Sportsbet have rearranged their early betting markets on the 150th Melbourne Cup.
Reigning champion Shocking is still the odds-on favourite to win the 2010 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday November 2, the Mark Kavanagh-trained so of Street Cry currently paying $8 after his decisive win in the Makybe Diva Stakes at the start of the month.
The big mover in the Melbourne Cup markets, however, is Jeremy Noseda’s brilliant British galloper Sans Frontieres.
The Galileo five-year-old has shortened into the $12 second elect at Sportsbet after winning the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2800m) last week, beating fellow Melbourne Cup hopeful Profound Beauty.
Profound Beauty, who along with Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage are the two top contenders entered by Dermot Weld as the European trainer seeks his third Melbourne Cup win, is now a $19 chance through Sportsbet.
The St Leger victory was Sans Frontieres’ third straight win but has earned him a 2kg penalty from the VRC’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter in the Melbourne Cup weights.
Despite the punters desperately getting behind Sans Frontieres in the Cup markets, there is still a chance it won’t make the trip to Australia with the hefty 57kg they are allocated to carry likely the deciding factor.
The Bart Cummings-trained Dariana now occupies the third line of Melbourne Cup betting paying $15 to give Cummings his record 13th victory in the ‘race that stops the nation’.
The classy mare is then followed by four horses paying $17 including stablemates So You Think, winner of the 2009 Cox Plate, and Precedence.
Peter Moody’s improving Kiwi raider Mr Charlie and Caulfield Cup favourite Moudre are the other two Cup hopefuls at $17.
As the Cup Carnival draws closer the betting markets on all of the Group 1 features begin to heat up so now is the best time to lock in lucrative odds on your favourites.
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