2013 Cox Plate Odds has seen favourite It’s A Dundeel continue to ease in overnight betting for today’s Group 1 $3m Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
It’s A Dundeel has drifted from $4.20 to $4.50 is what is developing as a very open betting race.
But the tough New Zealand four year old isn’t the only one with the blows with the second and third favourites, Puissance De Lune ($4.20 to $5.50) and Fiorente ($4.60 to $7) also getting out in the market order.
The Peter Snowden trained Long John is the big shortener with his 2013 Cox Plate odds coming in from $10 to $7 and could go shorter if the money continued to roll in for the Caulfield Guineas winner.
The way the market is shaping, Ladbrokes.com.au Bookmaker Operations Director Greg Platz said that the Cox Plate could end up at $5 the field.
“The three favourites have continued to ease while there has been a lot of money for Long John. It could be $5 the field,” Platz said.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has been on a Spartan diet to get down to 49.5kgs for Long John after Snowden and the Darley team decided to take on the older weight for age horses in the 2013 Cox Plate.
Long John is attempting to repeat the efforts of the mighty Red Anchor back in 1984 as the last three year old to complete the Caulfield Guineas – Cox Plate double in the one year.
The John Hawkes trained All Too Hard tried valiantly to do it last year but was nabbed on the line by tough Kiwi weight for age star Ocean Park.
While the last three year old to win the Weight-For-Age Championship of Australasia was So You Think when he won his first Cox Plate in 2009 and went on to win ten Group 1s in Australia and in Europe.
Turnbull Stakes winner Happy Trails ($12) and last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon ($14) have also attracted overnight interest as has the Chris Waller trained Foreteller who is in from $26 to $21.
The two international runners have had some support over the last couple of days with the Andrew Balding trained Side Glance, to be ridden by Craig Williams coming in from $101 to $41 and the Jane Chapple-Hyam eight year old Mull Of Killough, with Steven Arnold aboard, firming from $51 into $26.