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Money rolls on for Winx, as Hartnell continues to drift

Sat, Oct 22, 10:15am by Bren O'Brien

The money has all been for Winx ahead of Saturday’s $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, with several huge bets on the champion mare in the 24 hours leading up to the race.

Winx is pretty much $1.8 across the board as of 10am race morning, with Sportsbet, Crownbet, William Hill, TAB and Luxbet all locked in at that price, while Bet 365 if offering a somewhat generous $1.87.

TAB reported a huge groundswell for Winx on Friday, taking bets of $30,000, $22,000, $10,000 as well as multiple bets of $5000 at $1.85, another $10,000 at $1.80 before the money came again with a bet of $45,000 at $1.75.

Sportsbet said Winx at $1.80 currently holds nine times more money in the market than her main rival Hartnell, who got out to $3.50 on Saturday morning before tightening back into $3.40.

TAB reported the biggest bet for Hartnell on Friday was just $3000. The talk of match race simply hasn’t materialised in the betting ring, with the flood of money for Winx expected to continue throughout the day.

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She is looking to emulate the likes of So You Think, Northerly and Sunline as horses in the last 20 years to win the great race in successive years.

Yankee Rose is the only other runner who has had any major interest this week, with the filly tightening from $16 into $15 on raceday. The money has come for Yankee Rose to run a place and she is now clear third pick in that regard at $2.50.

Lucia Valentina also has her friends, moving from $21 into $18. She is $2.80 the place.

The huge drifter of the week has been Black Heart Bart, who was $15 after the barrier draw and is now $23, Hauraki has also drifted, from $18 out to $21, Vadamos has been $15 out to $19.

Sportsbet is offering a ‘faves out’ Cox Plate market, where Yankee Rose is $3.50 favourite ahead of Lucia Valentina at $4 and Black Heart Bart at $4.50. French galloper Vadamos is $5.50 and Hauraki is $6.

The Sportsbet fixed odds quinella market has a Winx-Hartnell 1-2 in any order priced at $2.25, while Winx-Yankee Rose is $9.50, Winx-Lucia Valentina at $11, Winx-Vadamos is $12 and Winx-Hauraki $13 and Winx-Black Heart Bart at $15.

Hartnell-Yankee Rose is $20, while Hartnell-Lucia Valentina, Hartnell-Vadamos and Hartnell-Hauraki are all $26. Hartnell-Black Heart Bart is $31.

Cox Plate Market (10am Saturday – Sportsbet)

$1.80: Winx

$3.40: Hartnell

$15: Yankee Rose

$18: Lucia Valentina

$19: Vadamos

$21: Hauraki

$23: Black Heart Bart

$81: Awesome Rock

$101: Happy Clapper

$151: Happy Trails

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