The 2013 Cox Plate betting market has changed significantly after outright favourite Atlantic Jewelwas scratched from the Group 1 event at Moonee Valley on Saturday after suffering a tendon injury at trackwork yesterday.
Atlantic Jewel had firmed slightly in Cox Plate betting markets after the barrier draw was conducted this morning but It’s A Dundeel, Fiorente and Puissance De Lune are now all battling for favoritism.
It’s A Dundeel is the new favourite and is currently available at Cox Plate odds of $4 at Ladbrokes.com.au despite having had just two runs during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
The High Chaparral entire resumed with a promising fourth place finish behind Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and went on to upset the glamour mare in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield three weeks later.
It’s A Dundeel was temporarily favourite in Cox Plate betting markets but his odds drifted after he burst a foot abscess that ruled him out of the 2013 Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).
Trainer Murray Baker does not believe missing the Caulfield Stakes has been a major issue for the three-year-old Triple Crown winner and was pleased with his work at the Cox Plate Breakfast With The Stars this morning.
Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente may have drawn the outside barrier for the Cox Plate but is now on the second line of betting at odds of $4.20.
Fiorente started his campaign with an unlucky sixth in the Memsie Stakes before going on to record his first victory in Australia in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and fly home late for fourth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.
The Monsun entire is chasing his first win at Group 1 level as is Darren Weir-trained Puissance De Lune who is also into Cox Plate odds of $4.20.
Puissance De Lune has raced consistently since resuming with a win in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) but has failed to live up to expectations; finishing second in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), seventh in the Underwood Stakes and second in the Turnbull Stakes.
Jockey Glen Boss has always claimed the six-year-old is good enough to win both the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup but now looks like he will miss the ride on the Shamardal entire after being suspended for careless riding on Silent Achiever in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup.
The other big firmers in Cox Plate betting markets following the withdrawal of Atlantic Jewel have been Turnbull Stakes winner Happy Trails ($16), 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon ($17), and Darley gelding Long John ($10).
Danny O’Brien-trained Shamus Award, who is yet to record a race win, is now assured of a start in the Cox Plate and is currently available at odds of $21.
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