A half kilogram penalty for the Melbourne Cup, has not dampened punters confidence in Japanese invader Admire Rakti.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au continues to lay Admire Rakti, who is into $4.50 favouritism following his powerful Caulfield Cup win. Protectionist ($5.50) is second pick and Lucia Valentina ($8.00) rounds out the runners under double figures.
“Admire Rakti is the best back runner by a country two-miles. His price is the shortest any horse has been since last year’s Cup. He’s well treated with the half kilo penalty and if the trend continues he could start the shortest price we’ve seen in years,’’ sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson said.
The Offer, who is out to $21 is the second best backed runner, but support is tapering.
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
(prices in brackets from Saturday 18 October)
$4.50 Admire Rakti (in from $5.00)
$8.00 Lucia Valentina
$17 Who Shot Thebarman (out from $13)
$17 Willing Foe
$21 The Offer
$21 Mutual Regard (steady)
$21 Red Cadeaux
$26 Seismos (out from $21)
$26 Big Memory