Trapeze Artist tumbled in betting to win the Caulfield Guineas following his victory in Saturday’s Golden Rose at Rosehill.
Considered a $40 longshot, Trapeze Artist stalked the favourite Menari until turning for home with the son of Snitzel showing a devastating turn of foot on straightening.
Trapeze Artist put paid to his rivals in a matter of strides and raced right away to beat the filly Champagne Cuddles and Menari.
Bookmakers reacted in unison to the move with the Gerald Ryan-trained runner firming up dramatically in Caulfield Guineas betting. Bet365 have him @ $8 second favourite behind Royal Symphony to take out the Group One on October 14 after he was hovering around the $26 mark with most corporates.
The wash-up from the Golden Rose saw Merchant Navy drift for the Guineas from one of the favourites out to $11 (@ Ladbrokes).
Menari, the beaten favourite in the Rose, showed that 1400 metres might not be his go and that up to 1200 metres is his forte. Also a member of the Gerald Ryan stable, Menari is now out to as much as $13 to win The TAB Everest but is still being kept safe at $7 by some outlets.
Will TRAPEZE ARTIST back up in the Epsom this Saturday?
It’s a big question but bookies aren’t taking the risk after his Golden Rose effort with the three-year-old now considered one of the favourites for the feature.
Trapeze Artist is $11 @ Sportsbet to win the Epsom Handicap with only Happy Clapper, Egg Tart and Tom Melbourne in front of him.
Washington Heights, an impressive winner of the Shannon Stakes, is a doubtful starter but Sportsbet are keeping it safe at $12.
AUVRAY is still $17 @ William Hill to win the 2400 metre feature despite toughing it out in the Colin Stephen Quality at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Richard Freedman-trained runner outpointed fellow Metrop hopefuls Admiral Jello and Broadside in a slugging finish with bookies across the board firming him up as a result.
Admiral Jello was triple figures with some bookmakers prior to his runner-up effort behind Auvray – he is $15 @ Will Hill.
No real firmers to speak of in the world’s richest race on turf after the weekend’s racing.
BRAVE SMASH, which only secured a slot earlier in the week, was a beaten odds-on favourite in the Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield and as a result is out to $21 @ Ladbrokes to win The Everest.
Menari was the other drifter after his third in the Golden Rose. Hovering around the $7 for The Everest prior to yesterday, Ladbrokes are now offering $11.
TRAPEZE ARTIST is now considered a leading contender to win the Guineas after his big win in the Golden Rose on Saturday afternoon.
Bet365 have Gerald Ryan’s runner @ $8 second pick behind Royal Symphony, with Catchy next best at $13.
Merchant Navy, unbeaten prior to being unplaced in the Golden Rose, is out to $13.
Assimilate, which ran fifth in the Golden Rose, firmed up to $17 @ bet365 and Cliff’s Edge, an impressive winner at Caulfield in race two, is into $21.
The only other firmer of note was Perat which was beaten into third in the opening race at Rosehill. Bookies were still impressed enough with the run behind Beau Geste to trim him up into $21.
LEATHERNLACE was the big firmer in this market following her dominant win in the opening race at Caulfield.
Doing a power of work in the run and still proving too strong for the roughie Uptown Girl and Banish, Leathernlace tumbled in the Guineas market from a high of $26 into $13 (bet365, Sportsbet).
Uptown Girl’s run caught the eye also but the triple figures that were on offer are well and truly gone with some bookies, however, Sportsbet still have the Robbie Laing-trained runner @ $81.
Aloisia, fifth behind Leathernlace, is still being kept safe in betting at around the $18 mark.
There were several firmers throughout the day for one of the biggest races of the spring.
Kiwi raider GINGERNUTS took out the Windsor Plate at Hastings and was turned in a few points by most bookies. Will Hill are still @ $16 for the NZ Derby and Rosehill Guineas winner.
HARLEM, ultra impressive winning the MRC Foundation Cup, is now a $16 @ Will Hill after racing away to win the 2000 metre feature at Caulfield. Some bookies had offered closer to $30 prior to the win.
Amelie’s Star and Samovare, $41 and $51 respectively at Sportsbet, were just behind the placegetters in the MRC Foundation Cup but did firm up slightly across the board.
No real movement in this market with GINGERNUTS being the only runner of note.
The Group One winner halved his quote to win the weight-for-age championship of Australasia with most bookies after his Windsor Plate at Hastings.
Centrebet ($51) are one of the few corporates that are still offering generous odds about Gingernuts to win the Cox Plate, however, is he really a chance of knocking off the wonder mare??
GINGERNUTS and HARLEM were the two biggest firmers for the race that stops the nation.
The Kiwi Gingernuts is $31 at William Hill after his Windsor Plate success but most other bookies are offering well short of that.
Harlem couldn’t have been more impressive in winning the MRC Foundation Cup. His price is heavily skewed across many of the corporates but we did find $42 @ Betfair still available. It wouldn’t hurt to throw a few dollars on the son of Champs Elysees.