That class is clearly with Almandin, who hasn’t raced since running a game second in the Zipping Classic which followed a below par effort in the Melbourne Cup. The money suggests that he is ready to go, backed into $3.80 after opening $4.
That has forced the in form stayer Bedford to ease. He opened the $3.80 favourite but is now out to $4.40. On the next line of betting is Gallic Chieftain ($4.50-$4.80-$4.60), who was a real eye catcher fresh.
Stablemate of Almandin, Homesman, is very safe too, at $7.50, in from $8.50.