Punters believe that class will come to the fore big time when it comes to the Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington this Saturday, with the winner getting a free ticket into the Melbourne Cup.
Harlem is currently 27th in the order of entry so he needs to win to make sure he secures a start in the Melbourne Cup Field. Punters think he can, because he has been crunched from $4.80 to $3.80 in early betting.
He holds the call over Aloft at $5, who is 28th in the order of entry. Every runner bar Ecuador ($12) and Havana Cooler ($26) are nominated for the Melbourne Cup. There are 36 nominations, with the last four spots held by Cismontane ($8.50), Kellstorm ($7.00), Guardini ($16) and Alward ($8.50).
Harlem is a $41 chance in Melbourne Cup markets ahead of the Lexus Stakes.