Betstar's Alan Eskander is happy to lay Cox Plate favourite Shoot Out at his new quote of $6 (in from $9) despite the Queensland star's dominant win in today's Liston Stakes at Caulfield.
Trainer John Wallace may have declared his horse "over the line" in the Cox Plate but Eskander is not getting carried away. "Shoot Out was entitled to beat that field today given that he'd already had a run under his belt and his draw meant he raced in the favoured part of the track. The further we get into the spring, the better the tracks will be and I'm sure some of those horses he raced against today will improve out of sight," Eskander said.
Liston Stakes runner-up Predatory Pricer ($15 into $11) was a major mover in Cox Plate betting after today's race as was three-year-old Toorak Toff ($81 to $41) who came from last to win the Vain Stakes. "Predatory Pricer will derive enormous benefit from that run today. You could see the way he wandered about in the straight that he was probably in need of the run and I don't think there'll be much between him and Shoot Out whenever they clash from here on in. From my point of view, this far out from the Cox Plate, I'm happy to take Shoot Out on and if punters want to get set, I'm their man," Eskander said.
Shoot Out also firmed again in Cups betting today - in from $15 to $13 for the Caulfield Cup and from $21 to $15 for the Melbourne Cup - as did veteran stayer Zavite (5th in the Liston) while C'Est La Guerre and Shamoline Warrior were both big drifters in both races after finishing 2nd last and 3rd last respectively.
Last year's Melbourne Cup winner Shocking looked on track for this year's race by working home nicely into 7th place and his price shortened from $21 to $15 while 2008 VRC Derby winner Rebel Raider made a slashing return to racing in Adelaide today and he has tightened from $51 to $26 for both Cups on the strength of his win in the Spring Stakes. Visit Betstar and experience online horse betting today!
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