Following the race results of the spring features over the past fortnight, major reshuffles of the Melbourne Cup Carnival betting markets have occurred with new odds-on favourites for events including the 2010 Melbourne Cup emerging.
The 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival is due to kick off on Saturday October 30 with Victoria Derby Day, with the first Group 1 feature of the four-day Flemington festival being the $1 million Victoria Derby (2500m).
2010 Victoria Derby Odds
The current favourite in the 2010 Victoria Derby betting markets is the Peter Snowden-trained Retrieve paying $5 at Sportsbet.
Rahy colt Retrieve opened at $8.50 in the Derby odds, but has shortened into the $5 favourite following a slashing second to stablemate Erewhon in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 2.
Other three-year-olds high up the Victoria Derby betting include Rekindled Interest ($7.50), Eclair Surprise ($9) and Smokin Joey ($10).
Early favourite Altius has drifted out to $13 following a failed run in the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) behind Tony Vasil’s Eclair Surprise.
The premier Cup Carnival event is next on the calendar with the 2010 Melbourne Cup highlighting proceedings on Tuesday November 2
2010 Melbourne Cup Odds
In a huge betting update, Cox Plate champion So You Think has shortened into the clear $5 favourite to win the 2010 Melbourne Cup following another brilliant spring win in the Group 1 Yalumba Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
Shortening in from $11 to $5 in the Melbourne Cup odds, the Bart Cummings-trained So You Think has overtaken current Melbourne Cup winner Shocking at the top of the betting markets.
Despite his popularity with the punters, So You Think is yet to pass the first elimination clause for the Cup.
The four-year-old needs to win or place in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 23 to make the Melbourne Cup field, the son of High Chaparral the hot $1.65 favourite at Sportsbet to do so.
Mark Kavanagh’s Shocking is now the $9 second favourite to make it back-to-back Melbourne Cup wins, while last year’s beaten favourite Alcopop has jumped up the markets firming into the $12 third elect after a gallant second to So You Think in the Yalumba.
The other big mover in the Melbourne Cup betting has been the Lloyd Williams-owned Linton, the lightly raced grey coming right into contention and shortening into $13 after an impressive win in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield last weekend.
After the 150th Melbourne Cup, the third Cup Carnival raceday to light up the track at Flemington is Crown Oaks Day or ‘Ladies Day’.
2010 Crown Oaks Odds
The $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) will take place on Thursday November 6 and the new favourite to win the classic fillies’ showdown is Brazilian Pulse.
The Michael Moroney-trained Brazilian Pulse has firmed into the $6 favourite at Sportsbet to win the 2010 Crown Oaks after an eye-catching second in the Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington on October 3.
Previous favourite Divorces now occupies the second line of betting at $7 after the Peter Snowden-trained filly ran a disappointing 11th in the Edward Manifold.
Other top picks in the Crown Oaks betting include Danny O’Brien’s Shamrocker ($10), the Gai Waterhouse-trained More Strawberries ($11) and Ringa Ringa Rosie ($13).
The fourth and final Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting is Emirates Stakes Day on Saturday November 6 where the marquee race is the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) for which betting markets are yet to open.