With confirmation that Armory is heading towards Hong Kong, Melody Belle is now favourite with Tab.com.au to take out the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
The champion mare has found her best form again since heading back home to New Zealand and is looking to make amends in this race after being luckless in it last year. She is the $3.20 favourite.
Arcadia Queen, luckless in the Cox Plate, is on the second line of betting at $4.60 ahead of Mugatoo at $7. Fifty Stars, who was excellent in the Cantala yesterday, is a $9 chance.
$3.20 Melody Belle
$4.60 Arcadia Queen
$9 Fifty Stars
$10 Fierce Impact
$15 Mr Quickie
$21+ Others Quoted Shout The Bar $51 before TAB Empire Rose Stakes
** Armory was $2.80 before this morning’s announcement **