Sportingbet Cox Plate favourite Fawkner has drifted to his biggest odds since winning the Caulfield Stakes two weeks ago, as punters bet around the top picks for Saturday’s weight-for-age classic at Moonee Valley.
Fawkner has eased from $4 to $4.60 at race sponsor Sportingbet.com.au since Tuesday’s barrier draw. He was $6.50 to $4.30 at Sportingbet after winning the Caulfield Stakes on October 11 and hasn’t touched odds as high as $4.60 since then until now.
“The way things are heading you’ll be getting $5 or more about Fawkner on the day,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
Sacred Falls, Adelaide and Criterion now all share second favouritism at $7 with Sportingbet.
Three-year-old Sweynesse has been the biggest mover in Sportingbet’s market, firming significantly from $51 into $17 since Tuesday’s barrier draw.
“We took a bet of $1,000 by $2,000 for Sweynesse at $51 straight after the draw and there’s been a stack of other bets for him ever since.”
“The money comes as a surprise because he didn’t stay 2000m against his own age last start and even with no weight on his back there has to be question marks over whether he’ll run 2040m in what’s going to be another fast-paced race.”
Other notable bets taken by Sportingbet since Tuesday’s barrier draw include:
$10,000 Fawkner at $4.40 (now $4.60)
$6,000 Royal Descent at $14 (now $10)
$6,000 Adelaide at $6.50 (now $7)
$6,000 Adelaide at $7 (now $7)
$2,000 Foreteller at $26 (now $26)
2014 Sportingbet Cox Plate
Odds from Sportingbet.com.au (odds in brackets were from Thursday afternoon)
Fawkner $4.60 (was $4.40)
Adelaide $7 (was $6.50)
Sacred Falls $7 (was $6.50)
Criterion $7 (was $7.50)
Royal Descent $10 (steady)
Happy Trails $12 (was $11)
Silent Achiever $14 (was $13)
The Cleaner $15 (was $14)
Sweynesse $17 (Was $20)
Foreteller $26 (steady)
Side Glance $26 (steady)
Almalad $31 (steady)
Wandjina $31 (steady)
Guest Of Honour $61 (steady)