John O’Shea six-year-old Hartnell and Ciaron Maher’s Caulfield Cup winning mare Jameka remain the top two in Melbourne Cup betting after second acceptances were taken yesterday.
Only 32 horses are left in the 2016 Melbourne Cup running and Hartnell is the $4.60 favourite at online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au.
Hartnell has performed brilliantly this spring winning the Chelmsford Stakes, Hill Stakes and Turnbull Stakes before finishing runner-up to champion mare Winx in the Cox Plate last Saturday.
A winner over the two-mile Melbourne Cup trip is something Hartnell has in his favour heading towards the first Tuesday in November.
Second favourite Jameka is $6.50 at sportsbet.com.au and is the only other runner under double figure odds.
Jameka was a dominant winner of the Caulfield Cup and goes into the Melbourne Cup in fantastic form.
Overseas invader Bondi Beach, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is next in betting at $11, just ahead of Almandin $12 and Scottish $13.
Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock galloper Heartbreak City has excellent credentials for the Melbourne Cup. The impressive Ebor winner is being kept safe at $13. Part owner Darren Dance has been coy about the horse’s chances suggesting he has a live one on his hands.
“The top two in betting are the focus of punters. Hartnell is the best supported runner and holds about $20,000 more than Jameka. Almandin is the third best backed, but holds only a third of the money Hartnell has attracted,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Bulmer.
The 2016 Melbourne Cup will run on Tuesday 1st November 2016 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
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2016 Melbourne Cup Odds
$11.00 Bondi Beach
$15.00 Big Orange, Heartbreak City
$17.00 Almoonqith, Exospheric, Who Shot Thebarman, Oceanographer
$17.00 Wicklow Brave
$26.00 Curren Mirotic, Secret Number, Real Love
$34.00 Qewy, Tally, Sir John Hawkwood, Grey Lion, Grand Marshal, Excess Knowledge
$41.00 Tom Melbourne, Our Ivanhowe
$51.00 De Little Engine, Gallante, Assign
$67.00 Howard Be Thy Name
$101.00 Pentathlon, Beautiful Romance, Vengeur Masque
$201.00 The Bandit
$301.00 Rose Of Virginia
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Category: Melbourne Cup Day Betting