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Bluebet boss Michael Sullivan believes Vega Magic or Chautauqua will start favourite for The Everest as punters warm to proven form rather than the potential of She Will Reign for Saturday’s $10 million Randwick showcase, which has become ‘s biggest betting race outside the Melbourne Cup.
Betting agencies are being swamped with wagers on the world’s richest turf race. Three-year-old filly She Will Reign had been the favourite since her stunning return victory in last month’s Moir Stakes, but Vega Magic took over from the Golden Slipper winner at the top of betting on Thursday after a series of big bets made him the $4.80 favourite.
“She Will Reign has probably been the horse that has cost us more money than any other in the past six months, but I think we can get it back in this race,” Sullivan said. “The serious punters are coming for Vega Magic and Chautauqua.
“The filly will still go around a loser for us but she is the one we can take risks with because she is taking on the best sprinters in the land and is still a baby.
“This is the biggest betting race outside the Melbourne Cup for us already this year and we only just starting to see the big money roll in and it is all for the horses that have been there done that.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Chautauqua is favourite when they jump, just because of his record at Randwick and what he has done in the TJ Smith for the past three years.”
Vega Magic’s co-trainer David Hayes has three runners in The Everest and has been pleased with the former West n sprinter had settled into Sydney and travelled on his right leg.
Since joining the Lindsay Park team, Vega Magic is unbeaten in three runs, including the Goodwood and Memsie Stakes at group 1 level. But Hayes is not counting out $9 chance Redkirk Warrior.
“I hope the punters are good judges but I’m finding it hard to split Vega and Redkirk Warrior,” Hayes said. “They are both in great shapes and at the price from the better barrier I would probably lean to Redkirk Warrior. “I can’t understand why there is so much between in the betting.”
The TAB still has She Will Reign equal favourite with Vega Magic as punters get top odds about their favourite sprinters.
“It is an amazing betting race,” TAB’s Glenn Munsie said. “The hype surrounding this race has it holding more than the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups combined and we have been betting on them for 12 months.
“Our customers know the form inside-out and they are prepared to back their judgement. She Will Reign and Chautauqua are the two most popular horses in our book, but they are every time they go around. Our customers love horses that just keep winning.
“Unlike most big races because the money is spread around all the horses and we are still writing plenty of bets on horse like Redzel, Clearly Innocent and Houtzen because punters are seen odds about them have been seen before.”
UBET’s Gerard Daffy called the interest in The Everest “staggering”.
“The amount of bets have written on it on Thursday is like most other races on raceday. You can lay any of the 12 runners,” Daffy said. “But clearly Vega Magic and Chautauqua are the most popular for us, and Houtzen because of its Queensland connection.”
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