The Peter Snowden trained three year old, Helmet, has been the big shortener in Cox Plate betting with Sportingbet Australia following his win the Guineas Prelude on Saturday.
Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan said Helmet had been well backed at $21 for the Cox Plate last week and had trimmed right up to $8.50 following his impressive display at Caulfield.
“We took a bet of $1400 at $20 and then another bet of $1400 at $15 last week and he was into third favourite at $8.50 such was the dominance of his win,” Sullivan said.
“He always looked the most likely of the three year olds to be a Cox Plate horse and the fact he looks to have sorted out a few of his problems is a massive plus.
“He has also shortened up to $3.40 second pick for the Caulfield just behind Smart Missile who is the $3.20 favourite.”
Sullivan said the other big addition to the top of Cox Plate markets was boom filly Atlantic Jewel who is now $11 despite not being nominated yet.
“She is clearly the best of the three year old fillies and is a raging $2.10 favourite for the Thousand Guineas,” Sullivan said.
“If she wins that, connections could well be tempted to go on to the Cox Plate despite the fact this is her first preparation.”
2011 Cox Plate (All in Betting)
Sportingbet Australia market
Jimmy Choux 6.00
Rekindled Interest 9.00
Atlantic Jewel (nn) 11.00
Lion Tamer 11.00
Smart Missile 12.00
Kings Rose 17.00
Torios Quest 21.00