Japanese stayers Bande and Admire Ratki remain firm in Melbourne Cup betting after the release of weights.
Admire Ratkie, who will carry top weight of 58kg, is $17 with sportsbet.com.au. The online bookmaker is paying each-way on the first four placegetters in the Cup.
His travelling partner, Bande, is $15 second favourite behind The Offer ($12) and both horses will carry 56.5kgs.
“It’s a big ask for Admire Ratkie, but he is a superstar back home. He has come through a similar program to 2006 winner, Japanese stayer Delta Blues,’’ sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne said.
The Offer is the best backed runner in the Cup with last year’s Caulfield Cup winner, Fawkner, not far behind on $26.
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
$12 The Offer
$17 Admire Rakti
$21 Who Shot Thebarman
$26 Silent Achiever, Puccini, Signoff, Protectionist, Lucia Valentina, Fawkner, Dandino
$34 Our Voodoo Prince, Mutual Regard, Pale Mimosa, Cavalryman, Hillstar, Seismos, Bonfire, Sea Moon