A confirmed Melbourne Cup runner, Steel Prince is favourite with Sportsbet.com.au to kick off his prep with a win in the Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) this Saturday at Caulfield.
The Anthony Freedman trained stayer got his way into the Melbourne Cup field on the first Tuesday in November off the back off a win in the Andrew Ramsden. 1700m this weekend is short of his best but he is favourite at $4.40, holding the call over the in form Benitoite at $6.
In terms of firmers, there has been specking for Tarquin ($51-$41), along with last start winner and noted track/distance specialist Guizot, who is in a half point after opening $8. Self Sense ($46-$41) has been nibbled at.