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Yucatan is the easing Melbourne Cup favourite

Yucatan remains the favourite to win today’s Melbourne Cup, but has continued to drift with TAB over the last 24 hours.

Priced as short as $4.20 prior to Saturday nights barrier draw, Yucatan drifted out to $5.50 yesterday lunchtime and continued to drift into the afternoon to $6, where he remains priced this morning.

“The bad barrier draw is seeing Yucatan get out to a more attractive price. As the race approaches it will be fascinating to see where the big money heads,” said TAB’s Nick Quinn.

In other Melbourne Cup betting news:

  • Magic Circle has been the best backed horse since the barrier draw, and remains the second favourite at $8
  • The biggest bet on the Cup to date remain the $50,000 bet yesterday on Cross Counter to win $500,000. As a result Cross Counter has firmed from $10 to $9
  • Marmelo ($15 into $13) and Rostropovich ($26 into $21) have been two of the bigger movers in the past 24 hours


TAB oddsMelbourne Cup 2018

$6           Yucatan                               (out from $5.50)
$8           Magic Circle
$9           Cross Counter                  (in from $10)
$12         Best Solution
$12         Muntahaa
$13         Avilius
$13         Marmelo                            (in from $15)
$15         Youngstar
$17         The Cliffsofmoher
$21         A Prince of Arran             (out from $18)
$21         Rostropovich                    (in from $26)
$23         Finche                                 (in from $26)
$31         Sound Check                     (in from $34)
$34         Ventura Storm                 (out from $26)
$34         Who Shot Thebarman
$34         Red Cardinal
$34         Runaway
$61         Ace High
$67         Chestnut Coat                  (out from $51)
$81         Vengeur Masque            (out from $71)
$81         Sir Charles Road              (out from $71)
$81         Nakeeta
$101       Zacada                                (out from $81)
$101       Auvray                                (out from $81)

Biggest bets
$50,000 at $10 on Cross Counter to win
$17,000 at $31 on Finche to win
$10,000 at $4.20 on Yucatan to win
$5,000 at $34 on Sound Check to win

$5,000 at $31 on Sound Check to win
$5,000 at $17 on Youngstar to win
$5,000 at $13 on Best Solution to win
$5,000 at $6 on Yucatan to win
$5,000 at $5 on Yucatan to win

$4,500 at $9.50 on Cross Counter to win

Best backed since Barrier Draw

  1. Magic Circle (12%)
  2. Yucatan (11%)
  3. Marmelo (9%)
  4. Youngstar (8%)
  5. Best Solution (7%)
  6. Avilius (7%)
  7. Cross Counter (6%)
  8. The Cliffsofmoher (5%)
  9. Muntahaa (4%)
  10. A Prince Of Arran (3%)
Number 2018 Melbourne Cup Barrier Official Nominations Announced Biggest Price Before Lexus Stakes Before Barrier Draw After Barrier Draw Sunday 2pm Monday 12pm NOW
1 BEST SOLUTION 6 $51 $51 $15 $15 $13 $13 $12  $12
2 THE CLIFFSOFMOHER 9 $26 $26 $13 $15 $15 $16 $17  $17
3 MAGIC CIRCLE 17 $21 $41 $9 $9 $9 $9 $8  $8
4 CHESTNUT COAT 4 $26 $151 $51 $51 $34 $34 $51  $67
5 MUNTAHAA 13 $21 $26 $11 $11 $11 $11 $12  $12
6 SOUND CHECK 16 $51 $51 $51 $34 $34 $34 $34  $31
7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN 18 $51 $51 $51 $51 $51 $41 $34  $34
8 ACE HIGH 22 $51 $101 $67 $67 $101 $71 $61  $61
9 MARMELO 10 $26 $26 $17 $17 $17 $16 $15  $13
10 AVILIUS 11 $26 $26 $13 $13 $13 $13 $13  $13
11 YUCATAN 23 $51 $101 $4.50 $4.20 $4.50 $5 $5.50 $6
12 AUVRAY 1 $51 $101 $101 $101 $67 $71 $81  $101
13 FINCHE 15 $51 $51 $26 $26 $26 $26 $26  $23
14 RED CARDINAL 5 $101 $201 $101 $101 $67 $51 $34  $34
15 VENGEUR MASQUE 2 $51 $101 $67 $67 $51 $61 $71  $81
16 VENTURA STORM 7 $101 $101 $26 $26 $26 $26 $26  $34
17 A PRINCE OF ARRAN 20 $21 $51 $34 $13 $15 $17 $18  $21
18 NAKEETA 3 $51 $101 $101 $101 $67 $71 $81  $101
19 SIR CHARLES ROAD 14 $51 $201 $101 $101 $101 $101 $81  $81
20 ZACADA 24 $101 $301 $201 $201 $201 $151 $71  $81
21 RUNAWAY 12 $51 $201 $34 $34 $34 $34 $34  $34
22 YOUNGSTAR 8 $51 $51 $17 $17 $17 $16 $15  $15
23 CROSS COUNTER 19 $21 $21 $10 $10 $11 $9 $10  $9
24 ROSTROPOVICH 21 $51 $51 $26 $21 $26 $26 $26  $21
3) Magic Circle was as much as $41 in TAB’s ‘Pre Nominations’ market on May 25
4) Chestnut Coat was as much as $151 in TAB’s ‘Pre Nominations’ market on May 14

 
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