Boom horse Russian Camelot has eased in markets for the 2020 Cox Plate after a shock defeat in the Caulfield Stakes on Saturday.
Russian Camelot was sen’t out as the $1.40 favourite with Sportsbet in the Neds Caulfield Stakes over 2000m but a surprise defeat to star Western Australian mare Arcadia Queen has seen his odds drift in early markets for the Cox Plate on 24th October at Moonee Valley.
“Obviously we were hoping that he’d be the winner, but he’s been beaten by an exceptional performance by Arcadia Queen.
“She was comprehensively better than him today.
“We certainly wouldn’t be making any excuses.
“Hoping that maybe when we get to Moonee Valley that the race will have a bit more pressure in it.
“Our guy might be looking for a bit further now.
“Full credit to the winner, she’s gone super and we just weren’t good enough.” Danny O’Brien said in defeat.
Arcadia Queen who jumped as the clear second elect at $5 in markets stalked the red hot favourite Russian Camelot but ran straight past the boom horse at the 200m mark to score a relatively easy win.
Arcadia Queen was beaten by Russian Camelot last start in the Underwood Stakes but her trainer Grant Williams who trains with wife Alana seems to have figures out her feet issues which have plagued her since arriving in Melbourne with the bar plates off and race plates on for today’s Group One event.
“Someone needs to tell Willie he’s at Caulfield and not at Ascot.” Williams said.
“It’s a great team effort. A lot of months in the making and all the team at home, with Alana and the team, they got her home. They did a lot of recovery work and got her back.
After first-up run: “I would still like her feet to be better. I wanted to put the plates on for the day and ‘bars’ will go back on on Monday to be cautious.”
Russian Camelot has drifted from $2.80 out to $3.20 for the Cox Plate whilst Arcadia Queen’s odds have been slashed from $21 into $6.00.
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