TAB Sportsbet has installed Vigor as the early favourite for Saturdayâ€™s Group I Turnbull Stakes at Flemington after the gelding drew gate one for the $500,000 event.
The betting agency has assessed Vigor as a $4.50 chance after the barrier draw with last yearâ€™s Cox Plate hero Maldivian the second pick at $5.50 after drawing barrier 10.
Craig Williams will be aboard Maldivian on Saturday, the jockey keen to atone for Maldivianâ€™s Underwood Stakes disaster, a ride the jockey himself described as â€œuglyâ€.
Predatory Pricer, the subject of a jockey dispute on Tuesday, is on the third line of betting at $6. The Paul Murray-trained galloper drew perfectly in gate six.
The four-year-oldâ€™s regular rider, Steven King, withdrew his appeal against a careless riding suspension incurred last Sunday, experienced Melbourne hoop Dwayne Dunn securing the ride.
Stewards were forced to declare Dunn as the rider of Predatory Pricer after the manager of Hong Kong-based jockey James Winks claimed the rider had a booking on the son of Street Cry.
Dunn won the mount after stewards ruled Paul Murray had made firm commitment for Winks to ride Predatory Price.