The 2012 Cox Plate betting market received a shake-up after Manighar’s impressive performance in the Makybe Divas Stakes at Flemington last Saturday.
The Peter Moody-trained gelding was held up for a run in the straight but flashed home in the final 100 metres to finish a nose behind Southern Speed.
The six-year-olds run was so impressive that he leapfrogged champion mare More Joyous in the 2012 Cox Plate betting market and is now priced at $6 at bookmaker.com.au.
Pierro is still the favourite for the 2012 Cox Plate but there are a number of question markets hanging over the undefeated colt.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained galloper has never run at Moonee Valley or at a distance longer than 1600m.
His sire Lonhro was an eleven time Group 1 winner but failed in the Cox Plate on two occasions.
History is also against Pierro as no Golden Slipper winner has ever gone on to win the Cox Plate.
Despite this the three-year-old is priced at $5 in the 2012 Cox Plate betting market at bookmaker.com.au.
John Singleton-owned More Joyous will begin her Spring Carnival campaign in the Listed Sheraco Stakes, at Rosehill on Saturday, and is currently a very short-priced favourite.
Even Guy Walter who has New South Wales Horse of the Year Streama in the race doesn’t believe his horse can compete with More Joyous.
“Streama can’t beat More Joyous at level weights and I’m not expecting her to,” Walter said.
More Joyous ran in the 2010 Cox Plate and finished fifth behind recently retired champion So You Think.
She has never won at Moonee Valley with her best performance a third place finish behind Sepoy and Sister Madly in the 2011 Manikato Stakes.
One horse in the 2012 Cox Plate betting market that has had success at Moonee Valley is Rekindled Interest.
The Redoute’s Choice gelding is considered a Moonee Valley specialist after winning the 2010 AAMI Vase and 2011 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at the track.
The five-year-old was unlucky not to win last year’s Cox Plate and is currently priced at $12 in the 2012 Cox Plate betting market at bookmaker.com.au.
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