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MOST OPEN MELBOURNE CUP IN A VERY LONG TIME

Fierce battle for favouritism brewing between Marmelo and Almandin. Single Gaze continues to shorten into $31.

Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au can barely split Melbourne Cup favourites Marmelo ($8.00) and Almandin ($8.50). Marmelo assumed favouritism from last year’s winner late yesterday, but the gap in popularity has closed this morning.

Red Cardinal ($16) and Amelie’s Star ($19) are the other two runners to attract interest in the past couple of hours. Single Gaze was a $51 chance yesterday, but the Canberra mare is now $31.

“This is the most even Melbourne Cup I’ve ever seen as far as the market is concerned. You can get each way odds for every single runner in the field and it’s impossible to say which horse will start favourite at this stage,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.

Biggest bets
$22,000 @ $11 on Almandin
$20,000 @ $9 on Marmelo
3 x $500 @$9 on Marmelo
$2,500 each way on Hartnell at $31 and $8.50
$2,500 each way on Tiberian at $31 and $8.50
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
Melbourne Cup
(price changes from 8am AEDST)
$8.00 Marmelo (steady)
$8.50 Almandin (in from $9.00)
$10 Johannes Vermeer (out from $9.50)
$12 Humidor (out from $10)
$12 Wall Of Fire (steady)
$14 Rekindling (out from $13)
$15 Max Dynamite (out from $14)
$16 Red Cardinal (in from $17)
$19 Thomas Hobson (steady)
$19 Amelie’s Star (steady)
$21 Big Duke (out from $20)
$26 Tiberian (steady)
$31 Hartnell (out from $27)
$31 Boom Time (steady)
$31 Single Gaze (in from $35)
$35 Nakeeta (steady)
$35 Ventura Storm (steady)
$46 Cismontane (steady)
$51 Wicklow Brave (in from $61)
$67 Libran (out from $51)
$71 US Army Ranger (out from $67)
$71 Bondi Beach (steady)
$71 Gallante (in from $81)

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