Imports heavily backed to win 2011 Melbourne Cup

There has been some big bets struck on two of the imported runners who impressed in last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, with both Manighar and Unusual Suspect shortening up in betting.

Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan said both horses had been well backed after they finished fourth and sixth in the Caulfield Cup.

“We have taken a bet of $5000 at $31 on Unusual Suspect and $5000 at $35 on Manighar amongst a number of other good sized bets, Sullivan said.

“Both horses were impressive and should be suited by the two miles and the big Flemington track.

“They are now sitting at $21 and it wouldn’t surprise if they continued to shorten up before the first Tuesday in November.”

Americain still heads Sportingbet’s Cup market at $7.50 ahead of Lucas Cranach at $10 and Green Moon at $12.

“Green Moon was super impressive in the Caulfield Cup and was the big shortener coming in from $21 while Lucas Cranach has been rock solid after running fifth despite injury problems on Saturday,” Sullivan said.

2011 MELBOURNE CUP

Sportingbet Australia Market

Americain 7.00

Lucas Cranach 10.00

Green Moon 12.00

Lion Tamer 14.00

Shamrocker 15.00

Jukebox Jury 16.00

Drunken Sailor 21.00

Unusual Suspect 21.00

Midas Touch 21.00

Tullamore 21.00

Manighar 21.00

Descarado 23.00

Modun 26.00

Fox Hunt 26.00

Moyenne Corniche 26.00

Mourayan 31.00

Precedence 31.00

Red Cadeaux 41.00

At First Sight 41.00

The Verminator 41.00

Macedonian 41.00

Hawk Island 41.00

Illo 41.00

Glass Harmonium 41.00

Others 51.00 Plus

17 Oct 2011


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