Tue, Nov 1, 7:15am by Senior Writer
Owner Lloyd Williams could be set to win his fifth Melbourne Cup if punters are anything to go by, with Almandin backed heavily on raceday to win Tuesday’s $6.2 million race.
By midday Tuesday, Almandin was as short as $9.5 with William Hill, while Sportsbet has him in double figures.
That could shorten again when you consider that two days ago, he was $17.
He’s now close to the leading chance for Williams, who has four horses in the race, with Bondi Beach also $10. Gallante has also shortened to be $51, while Assign is clearly the roughest of the quartet at $71.
$6 is widely on offer now for the favourite Hartnell, who has gone cold with the big punters on raceday,
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Earlier, the money came for Jameka to be the first winner of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double since 2001.
Jameka moved from $8.50 into $8 with Sportsbet in the 24 hours leading up to the great race, with one bet of $80,000 on her on Monday’s Call of the Card.
Up to $9 is on offer for Oceanographer with the likes of William Hill.
Big Orange has also had plenty of support over the past few days, with Sportsbet offering $13 about the English stayer.
Wicklow Brave is very well supported at $15, while Heartbreak City is out to $19 after also coming up with a wide barrier.
Of the longer priced horses, Grand Marshal has had support, moving from $41 into $34.
The first two races on Cup Day were won by Gai Waterhouse, who has $61 outsider Excess Knowledge in the Cup, while Chris Waller, who trains Grand Marshall and Who Shot Thebarman, won the third race with promising stayer Kinema.
$10 Bondi Beach
$13 Big Orange
$16 Wicklow Brave
$19 Heartbreak City
$26 Secret Number
$31 Who Shot Thebarman
$34 Grand Marshal
$51 Curren Mirotic
$51 Grey Lion
$51 Our Ivanhowe
$61 Beautiful Romance
$61 Excess Knowledge
$71 Sir John Hawkwood
$81 Rose Of Virginia
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