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Thursday 20th October 2005

Horse Racing
What can be said about the Cox Plate that hasn't already been said? It is the race that racing purists consider Australia's premier event. Not only Australians consider this. Since 1999 the Cox Plate has been part of the World Series - the only southern hemisphere event to be included. The World Series spans four continents over the two hemispheres.

Past winners of the Cox Plate have included Northerly, Sunline, Might And Power, Saintly, Octagonal, Super Impose, Rubiton and who could forget Kingston Towns' three successive wins? Although she is already a champion; can Makybe Diva enter the realms of the all time greats by winning this year? Or will the three year olds Hotel Grand or Gods Own spoil her party? Can Xcellent get the drop on the mare? Can she take off at the school and sustain her run to finish over the top of them? We will all see after the running of the greatest two minutes in sport this Saturday.

Makybe Diva is the current favourite to make it a hat trick of Melbourne Cup wins and has come in for some very heavy support despite not being a confirmed runner for the first Tuesday in November. Up and coming stayers Leica Falcon and Caulfield Cup winner Railings are the next in the market. Both have been heavily backed since their runs in the Caulfield Cup. Japanese horse Eye Popper could be the knockout horse. It was well supported at big odds before the Caulfield Cup and is now fourth pick following Plastered's withdrawal. Of the roughies, there has been some interest in the overseas horse Carte Diamond and the David Hayes trained Confectioner.


Thursday 27th October 2005

Victoria Derby
After strong support last week, Sportingbet customers have largely dodged the two favourites, Pendragon ($2.90) and Head Turner ($3.80), for the Derby in favour of better value with Duelled ($5) and Gallant Guru ($8). Pendragon was well supported last week but has drifted from $2.50 out to $2.90 following the introduction of genuine contenders from the AAMI Vase. Headturner has also drifted and has been difficult to lay this week despite taking ground off Pendragon in the Norman Robinson.

Graeme Rogerson has been spruiking Duelled, making some very big comparisons with Savabeel - the best thing he's seen since the 2004 Cox Plate, and Sportingbet punters have been lapping it up. If you follow the money trail it suggests Rogie may be right. Sportingbet has seen solid support with punters jumping in at every price on the way in from $9 to $5, since his grinding win in the AAMI Vase last week.

Claire Lindop has caught the imagination of racegoers as she potentially becomes the first female jockey to win the Derby, punters are also loving her feisty mount Gallant Guru. After his impressive win at Geelong, Gallant Guru has been backed in from $11 to $8 with Sportingbet. There has also been a number of large wagers coming at both $11 and $10.

Of the other runners there has been good specking for Manton ($21 into $17) and roughie Shotgun Saxon ($101 into $51). Saturday is a big day for Group 1 racing, with a total of four Group 1 races being run. Sportingbet is currently offering a 10% bonus on all Maxidiv (best tote) bets that are struck on Group 1 races. This is a great offer and is guaranteed to make this Saturday even more exciting.

Melbourne Cup
After waves of money last week for Makybe Diva, Leica Falcon and Railings, all the big money in the Melbourne Cup is now coming for the overseas raiders. After one punter backed Vinnie Roe to win $1m on Tuesday, Sportingbet have continued to lay last year's runner up with several large bets at $10.

There has also been continued good support for Caulfield Cup runner up Eye Popper. Sportingbet laid a bet of $200,000 to $3000 before that race and plenty of Aussie punters have backed the Japanese horse to go one better in the Cup. Eye Popper is one horse who has a winning head to head record against Makybe Diva after beating the mare home by 3 lengths in the Tenno Sho in Japan and meets the Cox Plate winner 6.5kgs better this time around.

Saab Quality favourite, Mr Celebrity, has also come in for good support to win the Cup following his Geelong Cup performance. Mr Celebrity does need to finish in the top two in the Saab to get a Cup run but a win on Saturday would see his price tumble further for the Cup. Sportingbet punters backed Mr Celebrity to take home $60,000 and $30,000 at $15 in separate wagers yesterday.

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