Champion mare Winx made it 21 straight wins with one of the most effortless performances you will see in a Group One.
Settling third last in the run, jockey Hugh Bowman made his move approaching the home turn and by the time the field straightened up, had swallowed up every horse in front of him.
Winx then did what she does best and went into another gear, putting paid to the field in a matter of strides to put a gap in her rivals and storm away to a six-and-a-half length win!
Ventura Storm did well to battle on for second while the early betting move for Humidor never looked likely to come off as the Darren Weir trained runner was struggling to keep up with Winx at the 600 metre mark.
AMELIE’S STAR announced herself as a Cups contender with a brilliant win in The Bart Cummings. The Darren Weir-trained mare had a good run just off the speed and powered to lead down the Flemington straight to land some nice bets. Most corporates had her around $6 in the morning but she jumped $4.60.
Immediately after the win the bookies reacted, slicing her price from a high of $18 into $6.50 (bet365) while you can still secure around $9.20 on Betfair.
Other betting news out of The Bart Cummings saw Harlem drift out to $13 (bet365) to win the Caulfield Cup while Almandin was $11 in the morning but is now a $17 chance (William Hill, Centrebet). The Robert Hickmott-trained runner loomed up on Saturday, however, couldn’t quicken sufficiently under the 60kgs and eventually wound up fourth.
VENTURA STORM, who battled on well for second behind Winx in the Turnbull Stakes, was the other notable firmer in the Caulfield Cup and almost halved its quote to $14 (Betfair).
The two notable moves here were ACE HIGH and MAIN STAGE.
Ace High led throughout to win the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick and is now an $8 chance (Ladbrokes) to win the blue riband for trainer Ron Quinton.
Main Stage was the complete opposite and had to come from last at Flemington to win the UCI Stakes. Unfortunately for punters that didn’t get on beforehand, Main Stage was $10 prior to that win but is now $6 favourite with Ladbrokes.
Of the other firmers, Cliff’s Edge is still $21 (Ladbrokes) after beating all but Main Stage while Sully, which placed third to Ace High, is $26 into $9.
Winx could start the shortest priced favourite in Cox Plate history!
The wonder mare is now into $1.30 (bet365) which is top of the market after her brilliant win in the Turnbull Stakes.
The biggest battle for the Chris Waller trained mare is actually getting to the race – will she have anyone to compete against on the big day?
AMELIE’S STAR and VENTURA STORM were the two notables from a Melbourne Cup point of view.
Amelie’s Star, luckless at her previous run, was brilliant in The Bart Cummings and was still as much as $51 to win the Melbourne Cup prior to her win. She is now into $11 with Sportsbet and William Hill while bet365 are holding up at $15.
Ventura Storm was the eye-catcher outside of Winx in the Turnbull Stakes.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained runner easily outpointed Humidor on the day and beat that runner into second spot. Bookies didn’t miss the run either and gave the horse a trim up in their markets, however, the teams at Unibet and Centrebet are willing to offer punters some generous odds with $31 still available at both outlets.
Almandin, who ran fourth to Amelie’s Star and carried 5.5kgs more, is still the Cup favourite with Unibet offering a special promo of $21 for him to go back-to-back.
BRING ME ROSES burst into Oaks favouritism following her brilliant win in the Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington.
The Tony McEvoy-trained filly outpointed every single one of her rivals in taking out the feature, however, punters have now missed out on the price for her to win this Group One.
From a high of $21 yesterday she is now into $5.50 (Ladbrokes) and favourite for the Oaks which is run just two days after the Melbourne Cup.
Hiyaam, the runner-up, is still $26 at Ladbrokes and looks the value runner out of the Edward Manifold.
Pure Scot, fourth to Bring Me The Roses, was a big firmer also from $26 in the morning with $9 now available across most corporates.