Thu, Oct 31, 3:16pm by Dominic Ciconte
Mount Athos has firmed from $10 to $8.50 in the last 48 hours, behind easing favourite Fiorente, which has gone out from $5.50 to $7.
Sportingbet’s Michael Felgate said the money coming for Mount Athos continued to grow.
“Mount Athos has easily been best-backed in the past few days firming from $10 since Monday,” he said.
“There’s been a groundswell of support for him and its getting stronger by the day, there is a good chance he could be favourite by Cup day.”
This isn’t the first time Mount Athos has received big support on the eve of the Melbourne Cup. Last year, the international runner was plunged upon in the final 24 hours before the race before jumping favourite and finishing fifth.
While the money has come for Mount Athos, punters have certainly cooled on Fiorente.
“Punters have definitely gone cold on Fiorente in the last few days with most of the money coming for the international raiders,” Felgate said.
Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino is now an $11 third favourite, but has had little support in the past week along with Caulfield Cup favourite Hawkspur, $11 out to $13, who has been friendless in betting.
Jet Away, who has to win on Saturday to force his way into the Cup, has been well backed, firming from $26 into $21 since the Mackinnon Stakes field was released yesterday. The horse is prominent jockey Glen Boss’s only chance to ride in the Melbourne Cup.
“Punters are confident he will win on Saturday, we have taken a lot of bets on Jet Away in the last 24-hours. It could be a good gamble because if he does win, he’ll probably be third or fourth favourite in the Cup,” Felgate said.
In other Melbourne Cup news, legendary trainer Bart Cummings will have to wait for a high attrition rate or the intervention of the Victoria Racing Club Committee to have his stayer Precedence make the field on Tuesday.
Cummings and training partner grandson James decided not to run Precedence in Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes or Lexus Stakes, which would have ensured qualification with a victory.
James Cummings told The Herald Sun it was decided that starting Precedence on Derby Day in either race would be detrimental to the horse’s chances in the Melbourne Cup.
“The plan all along has been to go from the Moonee Valley Cup to the Melbourne Cup and we didn’t want to change that at the last minute,” James Cummings said.
“Precedence is really thriving on the lighter preparation we have given him this spring and we felt his best opportunity in the Melbourne Cup would be if we went straight into the race and not run Derby Day.”
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Mount Athos $8.50
Voleuse De Coeurs $13.00
Sea Moon $15.00
Tres Blue $19.00
Jet Away $21.00
Brown Panther $26.00
Dear Demi $26.00
Masked Marvel $28.00
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