Melbourne Cup Punters Jump On The Precedence/Bart Cummings Bandwagon

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The allure of legendary horseman has punters piling on Precedence to give the master trainer a record 13th, despite the horse not being guaranteed a start in Australia's great race.


Precedence's odds of winning the 2013 Melbourne Cup firmed from $501 into $71 at Sportingbet following his victory in Saturday's Drake International . The eight-year-old remains a $71 chance at Sportingbet after receiving a 1kg weight penalty for the win, which puts him 29th in the .


“We've written more than double the number of bets for Precedence to win since Saturday compared to any other runner,” Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan said.


“I'm talking mainly $5 and $10 bets but the ticket number has been huge,” Sullivan said.


“The combination of Bart Cummings and the Melbourne Cup is as Australian as a meat pie and sauce and  if Precedence gains a start, I expect he'll be the most popular horse in the race in terms of the number of bets written,” Sullivan said.


It would Precedence's fourth attempt at a Melbourne Cup, after running in 2010 (9th), 2011 (11th) and 2012 (9th).


is currently a $5.50 favourite at Sportingbet to give trainer Gai her first Melbourne Cup win.


2013 Melbourne Cup (All-in)

Sportingbet Australia market

Fiorente $5.50

Mount Athos $9.00

Dandino $11.00

Hawkspur $11.00

Verema $13.00

Voleuse De Coeurs $14.00

Sea Moon $16.00

Jet Away $19.00

Seville $19.00

Tres Blue $19.00

Simenon $21.00

Brown Panter $23.00

Masked Marvel $23.00

Others $26+


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