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Betstar has this morning released the first market on the 2011 Melbourne Cup, with 2010 runner up Maluckyday the early favourite.

Maluckyday is the opening favourite for the 2011 Melbourne Cup

Maluckyday is the opening favourite for the 2011 Melbourne Cup - sportpix.com.au

The four year old Zabeel gelding made a rapid rise through the grades this preparation.

He started with a win in a Benchmark 70 race over 1400m at Hawkesbury before recording wins in a one metro win race at the Canterbury night meeting on September 24, the Tattersalls Club Cup at Randwick on October 16 and the Lexus Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.

Second in the Lexus Stakes was Linton, who subsequently failed in the Melbourne Cup where he didn’t handle the quick back up and finished 21st.

He has been installed as second favourite at $17.

Equal third favourites are the dominant VRC Derby winner Lion Tamer and Queen’s Cup winner Moudre at $21.

Other notable horses in the market are 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain and Irish St Leger winner Sans Frontieres at $26, while VRC Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse is at $34.

Looking back at the first markets for the 2010 Melbourne Cup, the quinella (Americain and Maluckyday) weren’t in initial markets.

So You Think (3rd) was the equal favourite at $21 with Shocking (18th) and Alcopop (did not run).

Zipping (4th) was at $101.

Interestingly, of the top 30 in Betstar’s opening 2010 Melbourne Cup markets, only three horses actually ran – So You Think, Shocking and Monaco Consul.

Horses in the top 30 that came close but pulled out for numerous reasons included Alcopop, Valdemoro, Faint Perfume, Alandi, Metal Bender, Above Average, Rebel Raider and Vigor.

The 2011 Melbourne Cup market is as follows:

Maluckyday15
Linton17
Lion Tamer (NZ)21
Moudre21
Americain (FR)26
Praecido26
Sans Frontieres (GB)26
Shocking26
Brazilian Pulse34
Descarado34
Eclair Surprise34
Efficient34
Erewhon34
Mr Charlie34
Retrieve34
Rite Of Passage (IRE)34
Alcopop41
Altius41
Digital Fortress41
Drunken Sailor (GB)41
Exceptionally41
Ginga Dude (NZ)41
Harris Tweed (NZ)41
Holberg (UAE)41
I’m Imposing41
Jaguar Mail (JPN)41
Keep The Peace (NZ)41
Monaco Consul41
Niblick41
Once Were Wild41
Profound Beauty41
Rundle41
Secret Admirer41
Shadowofexcellence41
Shamoline Warrior41
Shamrocker41
Smokin’ Joey41
Vesper41
Yulalona41
Almindoro51
Anacheeva51
Campanologist51
Divorces51
Dizlago51
Eastern Aria (UAE)51
Herculian Prince51
Kittens51
Macedonian51
Mackadoo (NZ)51
Placement51
Precedence51
Precious Lorraine51
Reem51
Shoot Out51
Spacecraft51
Zipping51
Backgammon67
Baron67
Dariana67
Domesky67
Faint Perfume67
Illustrious Blue (GB)67
Manighar (GB)67
Rebel Raider67
Rekindled Interest67
Rose Of Peace67
Run For Levi67
Sasa67
Servant67
Skilled67
Tokai Trick (JPN)67
Too Deadly67
Toorak Toff67
White Pilgrim (JPN)67
Above Average81
Bauer (GB)81
Billson81
Brightnight81
Cedarberg81
Dangerous Midge (GB)81
Eraset81
Giresun81
Hollowlea81
Katie Lee (NZ)81
Kutchinsky81
Launay81
Masquerader81
Metal Bender81
More Strawberries81
Mourayan81
Quarterbar81
Rock Classic81
Sacred Choice81
Saddle The Stars81
Shadows In The Sun81
Shezaten81
Shootoff81
Sistine Angel81
Squamosa81
Sussuro81
The Chevron81
The Hombre81
Valdemoro81
Varenna Miss81
Vigor81
Who’s Ready81
Work The Room81
Yosei81
Alandi (IRE)101
Ambers Waltz101
Avienus101
Becerra101
Best Choice101
Bolton101
Brampton101
Bullbars101
Captain Sonador101
C’est La Guerre101
Cosmonaut101
Count Encosta101
Crawfish101
Dance Of The Ocean101
Demerit101
Doubtful Jack101
Empires Choice101
Epic Dragon101
Fairfield Flame101
Fibrillation101
Firebolt101
Ghostmilk101
Goldstone101
Grand Ducal101
Guns Blazing101
Heartsareforlove101
Howmuchmylove101
Hume101
I Think I Do101
Ilovethiscity101
Intencion101
Kerchings101
Kudakulari101
Landlocked101
Leica Larrikin101
Marheta101
Melted101
Meredith101
Mr Bisset101
Mr Chard101
Mr Medici (HK)101
No Evidence Needed101
Perfect Pecs101
Platinum Passion101
Pressday101
Purple101
Raihana101
Red Colossus101
Ringa Ringa Rosie101
Rockstardom101
Rothera101
Saint Encosta101
Scotland The Brave101
Sherpa Tenzing101
Snow Alert101
Star Of Octagonal101
The Embassy101
The Miniver Rose101
Top Drop101
Triumphant Choice101
Trusting101
Vosne Romanee (NZ)101
Wall Street (NZ)101
Wealth Princess101
Woorim101
Zantelagh101
Absolutelyawesome151
Ace Acosta151
Ain’tnofallenstar151
Alma’s Fury151
Becqu Adoree151
Booming (NZ)151
Dealer Principal151
Doctor Fremantle151
Drumbeats151
Gigino151
Hinchinbrook151
Howdiddydoit151
Interlocking151
Jessicabeel151
Laristan151
Little Surfer Girl151
Lovemelikearock151
Maraaseem151
Miss Keepsake151
Miss Maren151
Mr Edison151
Muchos Respectos151
Pureness151
Response151
Rock Kingdom151
Rose Of Scotland151
Run For Naara151
Saneyev151
Sayahailmary151
Sea Galleon151
Sea Lord151
Slow The Flow151
Small Minds151
Speed Gifted151
Tagus151
The Ruffian151
Tobique151
Token Of Honour151
Trader151
Triple Honour151
Tromso151
Vintedge151
We’re Gonna Rock151
White Universe151
Willow Creek151
Zabrasive151
Zauberin151
Ajhar201
Allez Wonder201
Anudjawun201
Apprehend201
Bint Maher201
Buccellati201
Chartreux201
Culminate201
Echoes Of Heaven201
Famous Choice201
Fanjura201
Gallant Lady201
Hastein201
Hawk Island201
Innocent Gamble201
Irel201
Jalsah201
La Rocket201
Littorio201
Lords Ransom201
Martial Law201
Miles Above201
Milestone201
Muir201
Ocean Dream201
Pinker Pinker201
Pitt Street201
Rainbow Styling201
Red Ruler (NZ)201
Right Fong201
Skorost201
Snapy Halo201
Sniper’s Bullet201
Berlioz301
Capecover301
Circle Of Power301
Crabs301
Emblem Of Liberty301
Extra Zero301
Fairygem301
Fiumicino301
Frozone301
Get Up Jude301
Ishant301
Joe Blow301
Keepin’ The Dream301
Kibbutz301
King Of Mountains301
Largo Lad301
Leica Falcon301
Levi’s Choice301
Master O’Reilly301
Miss Darcey301
Missing In Action301
Moatize301
Montahlia301
My Bentley301
No Jurisdiction301
No Wine No Song301
Originate301
Queen’s Fashion301
Recoup De Fortune301
Sainthood301
Salinas301
Scouting Wide301
Sculptor301
Silent Surround301
Sirmione301
Speed Of Dark301
Star Ripper301
Sterling Prince (NZ)301
Stillman301
Ulundi301
Wave Dancing301
Zavite301

We will continue to monitor markets monthly until the release of nominations in early August 2011, with many changes anticipated – especially after Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival.

Written by Andrew Hawkins

 
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