Punters on Luxbet have launched a concerted bid to cash in on giant odds about a Melbourne Cup runner via the ballot-free Lexus winner on Saturday!“A sharp punter bet $1,000.00 each-way last night on Bart Cummings’ lightweight hope Dare To Dream in the Cup to win nearly $200K before it tries to qualify in the Lexus where currently it’s a $6.00 shot with us,” Luxbet’s media chief Neil Evans said.
“Then today, another punter had $500.00 each-way on rising stayer Kellini at $151.00 to win near $100k in the Cup as well as $3,000.00 at $11.00 to land the Lexus and slip into the Cup field. If either gets up on Saturday, they will sneak into the Melbourne Cup with no weight and at a price many times over its final field Tuesday price!
Dare To Dream is into $81.00 on Luxbet now, while Kellini’s price has been cut to $101.00.
It’s a very tall order though in the Group 2 Lexus (2800m), with UK stayer and Geelo ng Cup winner Gatewood heavily backed from an opening $3.20 into $2.90. Scores of punters have also taken the $26.00 about Gatewood in the Cup before he tackles the Lexus,” Evans added.
Meanwhile, the money continues piling in for 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain who today tightened from $6.00 back into $5.50 favourite on Luxbet after a surge of individual bets up to $10,000.00!
Hot on its heels is fellow French raider and reigning Cup champ Dunaden at $6.00 ahead of the sensationally-weighted (53.5kg) and well-backed UK star Mt Athos ($8.50) and last year’s narrow runner-up Red Cadeaux ($11.00)!
Evans said several bets of $2,000.00, $1500.00 and around $1,000.00 have been written on Mt Athos from $9.50 into $8.50 over the last 48 hours.
In Saturday’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) both Super Cool and Honorius have been well backed since yesterday’s barrier draw, with the clear favourite It’s A Dundeel easing from $2.70 out to $2.80.
Several bets up to $2,500.00 have arrived for Honorius at the $7.00, while Super Cool eased to $7.50 before firming back in to $7.00. Hvasstan is also rock-solid on the $7.00 line at Luxbet.
In the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) – the traditional lead-up to Thursday’s Group 1 Oaks – race favourite Zydeco has been very well tried at $2.80, including one early bet of $5,000.00, while Dear Demi is solid at $3.10 and Tyanna has been well tried at $7.00!
Meanwhile the betting war is on between Sydney fillies Snitzerland and Nechita ahead of the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, with a client betting $10,000.0 on Nechita at $3.80! “She’s taken over from multiple winner Snitzerland as a $3.60 favourite, while Sizzling has eased from $4.40 out to $4.60! One punter has had $2K at $10.65 on a Snitzerland-It’s A Dundeel double. Another has gone wide in the Coolmore betting $2K at $21.00 on Saturday’s Moonee Valley winner Hidden Warrior,” Evans said.
Not surprisingly, Cox Plate winner Ocean Park has corned the market in the Group 1 MacKinnon Stakes (2000m) firming from $1.60 into $1.55! “He’s got 85% percent of all bets and monies bet into the race, with most anchoring the Kiwi weight-for-age star in any number of doubles and trebles,” he added.
Punters are lining up to take the $2.00 about heavily-fancied favourite Howmuchdoyouloveme in the Group 1 Yellowglen Stakes down the Straight Six, with Pampellone ($8.00) and Miss Marx ($8.50) the nearest in betting! “Again this flying front-running sprinter completely dominates all bet numbers!”
And in the Group 1 Myer Classic (160m) for the fillies and mares, Sydney invader Streama has been heavily-backed on Luxbet from $3.40 into $3.20, with Secret Admirer easing to $6.00, Pear Tart drifting to $8.00 and Yosei and Red Tracer both getting out to $8.50!