Smart mare Lucia Valentina has firmed dramatically for the Caulfield Cup following the scratching of Bande.
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Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has been smashed with wagers for Lucia Valentina. The Newcastle mare has firmed from $4.50 into $3.80 favourite.
The other Japanese invader Admire Rakti ($12) is also a firmer along with Junoob ($11). Melbourne Cup hope The Offer is unwanted at $34 and remains under an injury cloud.
“Lucia Valentina is carrying the weight of punter’s money. She looks the one to beat but the last favourite to win was Master O’Reilly in 2007,’’ sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson said.
Trainer Peter Moody will start two runners on his home track and both are popular. Brambles, who has firmed from $21 into $9.00 and Lidari $17 into $11.
In good news for punters, Sportsbet will refund punter bets if your horse runs second, third or fourth in the Caulfield Cup!
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
(Prices in brackets from Thursday 16 October)
$3.80 Lucia Valentina (in from $4.60)
$12 Admire Rakti
$13 Rising Romance (in from $14)
$17 Who Shot Thebarman (in from $18)
$21 Dear Demi
$26 Big Memory
$34 The Offer
$34 Green Moon
$41 Gris Caro
$67 Sea Moon
$201 Unchain My Heart (steady)