The Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos continues to be well backed with Sportingbet Australia to win Tuesday's Melbourne Cup firming into a clear second favourite at $8.50 behind easing favourite Fiorente who is now out to $7.
“Mount Athos has easily been best backed in the past few days firming from $10 since Monday. There's been a groundswell of support for him and its getting stronger by the day, there is a good chance he could be favourite by Cup day,” Sportingbet's Michael Felgate said.
“Punters plunged on Mount Athos in the last 24-hours before last year's Cup backing him into favouritisim and we are bracing ourselves for a similar scenario this year,” Felgate said.
Ruling Melbourne Cup favourite Fiorente has been easy in betting following the support for Mount Athos, drifting from $5.50 out to $7.
“Punters have definitely gone cold on Fiorente in the last few days with most of the money coming for the international raiders,”
Jet Away, who has to win on Saturday to force his way into the Cup, has been well backed firming from $26 into $21 since the Mackinnon Stakes field was released yesterday.
“Punters are confident he will win on Saturday, we have taken a lot of bets on Jet Away in the last 24-hours. It could be a good gamble because if he does win he'll probably be third or fourth favourite in the Cup,” Felgate said.
2013 Melbourne Cup (All-in)
Sportingbet Australia market
Mount Athos $8.50
Voleuse De Coeurs $13.00
Sea Moon $15.00
Tres Blue $19.00
Jet Away $21.00
Brown Panther $26.00
Dear Demi $26.00
Masked Marvel $28.00