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Yucatan is the easing Melbourne Cup favourite
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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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