Cup 2013: Punters rally around Fiorente - 5th November
Waterhouse spectacularly tried to back his mother's
horse Fiorente to win $1 million as punters climbed
into a couple of Melbourne Cup bolters at Monday's
call of the card at Crown Casino.
would have stood to collect a seven-figure sum after
charging into the $7.50 on offer from Steve McHenry's
Surebet about the Cup favourite, but was turned away.
eventually had to settle for a $100,000 windfall if
Fiorente, the leading light of Gai Waterhouse's two
hopefuls, delivers racing's first lady a maiden Cup
was a smattering of other big bets for last year's
runner-up, including one of $50,000 with Alan Eskander's
Betstar, while Surebet also risked another $100,000
payout on Fiorente. ''It ran fantastically in the
race last year, so Gai would be well versed from her
experience last year to hopefully break her duck,''
Eskander said. ''People will open up the shoulders
and I think they're probably just waiting for the
market to settle down. I think it's the horse to beat.''
Michael Sullivan said he was willing to stand Fiorente
in the Melbourne Cup. "Gai hasn't had a winner
at Flemington during the carnival since 2009 and I
don't think this horse will break the drought,"
said Sullivan, the Sportingbet boss. "Fiorente
is the favourite with us and has been backed from
$9 to $7. We stand to lose more than $600,000 on the
bets just today, but I think we are pretty safe. I
like Hawkspur but, it is one of the most open Melbourne
Cups I can remember."
TAB.com.au's Glenn Munsie says the Waterhouse factor
and the big betting of John Singleton on Dear Demi
will draw the public to their horses.
horses are always popular and given she has the Melbourne
Cup favourite, you would expect it to come up short
on the totes,'' Munsie said. ''Dear Demi has been
popular already and Singo has his followers as well.
We are seeing the punters sticking with the Aussies.''
Daffy at Tattsbet said the money had flowed for Dear
Demi and she was $21 to $17.
once-a-year punters normally have one of Bart's to
back, but it looks like they have settled for Singo's
mare," Daffy said.
Cup roughies were the talk of the call of the card
as Geelong Cup winner Ibicenco was the best supported
at massive odds of $101.
boss Eskander was stunned with the backing for Peter
Moody's stayer, and his liability stands at more than
$1 million after a flurry of bets, including one to
win $500,000 at a reduced quote of $89. Pat Carey's
Ethiopia was the other horse to surprise; Betstar
stands to lose more than $500,000 if last year's Australian
Derby winner can cause a shock. (Fairfax