German stayer Protectionist has opened favourite in his quest to complete the Melbourne and Australian Cup double.
Online bookmaker Sportsbet.com.au has posted the Kris Lees trained stayer as $3.50 favourite for the Australian Cup. Mackinnon Stakes winner Happy Trails and He’s Your Man, who finished second, are $7.00.
“Protectionist blew them away in the Melbourne Cup and now he’s trying to emulate Fiorente and do the double. Even at this early stage it’s shaping as a great race,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
Tassie champ The Cleaner, who will lead them a merry dance, is rated a $17 chance.
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