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JAPANESE Melbourne Cup favourite Fame Game has finally run out of momentum with punters, easing out to $4.60 with the TAB on the morning of the race that stops the nation.
It came as English stayer Trip To Paris surged in betting into outright second favouritism.
The Ed Dunlop trained gelding has been crunched into $7 to win Australia’s great race.
It’s a leap of faith from punters for Dunlop to shed his bridesmaid tag having trained perennial Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux, finishing second on three occasions.
Dunlop is yet to win a race in eight Australian starts, but has produced six placings.
Trip To Paris finished second in the Caulfield Cup and Manndawi was third in the Geelong Cup.
Since Saturday night’s barrier draw, Trip To Paris has firmed from $9 to $7 with one TAB punter outlaying $14,500 at $8.50 for a collect of a little more than $123,000.
The heavy support for Trip To Paris has resulted in the favourite Fame Game drifting from $3.20 after the draw to $4.60.
The Chris Waller-trained Preferment is the only other runner under $10 in Cup betting at $9.
The Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained Our Ivanhowe has firmed from $31 into $19 since Saturday night and is one of another six horses under $20 in Cup betting.
The only Australian-bred horse, Sertorius, has met with support firming from $201 to $101, but is still regarded as an outsider sharing that price with Quest For More and Prince Of Penzance.
A SECTION in the middle of the Flemington track remains softer than the inside but is expected to improve ahead of the Melbourne Cup.
After an inspection on Monday afternoon the part of the track from the rail to 10 metres out in the straight was rated a good (4) with the 10-14 metre section a soft (6).
But track manager Mick Goodie says he expects the surface to even out with cloud clearing throughout Tuesday morning and a sunny afternoon with a temperature of around 21 degrees predicted.
FIVE-TIME Melbourne Cup winner Lee Freedman has cautioned punters from chasing after the short odds on offer for favourite Fame Game.
The trainer of Cup runner Our Ivanhowe ($19 with the TAB) says the horse most punters seem to have forgotten about is five-year-old Kiwi Criterion.
“The class horse is Criterion,” Freedman told Sky Sports Radio.
“I know there are question marks about whether he can handle the two-miles, but in a race like this class can take you a long way.
“At some stage he will be up there right in the firing line.”
Criterion is rated a $15 chance with the TAB.
Freedman says Fame Game is yet to prove himself in Australia, despite his impressive finish while running sixth in the Caulfield Cup.
“In my mind his run wasn’t any better than any other horse in his position,” he said.
“I’m not sure about Fame Game. I think the odds are starting to correct themselves.”
THE CUP FIELD
3pm, Group 1 (3200m)
1. SNOW SKY R Moore (16) 58kg
2. CRITERION M Walker (4) 57.5kg
3. FAME GAME Z Purton (12) 57kg
4. OUR IVANHOWE B Melham (22) 56kg
5. BIG ORANGE J Spencer (23) 55.5kg
6. HARTNELL J McDonald (17) 55.5kg
7. HOKKO BRAVE C Williams (20) 55.5kg
8. MAX DYNAMITE F Dettori (2) 55kg
9. RED CADEAUX G Mosse (8) 55kg
10. TRIP TO PARIS T Berry (14) 55kg
11. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN B Shinn (6) 54.5kg
12. SKY HUNTER W Buick (7) 54kg
13. THE OFFER D Oliver (13) 54kg
14. GRAND MARSHAL J Cassidy (15) 53.5kg
15. PREFERMENT H Bowman (11) 53.5kg
16. QUEST FOR MORE D Lane (21) 53.5kg
17. ALMOONQITH D Dunn (10) 53kg
18. KINGFISHER C O’Donoghue (9) 53kg
19. PRINCE OF PENZANCE Ms M Payne (1) 53kg
20. BONDI BEACH B Prebble (18) 52.5kg
21. SERTORIUS C Newitt (5) 52.5kg
22. THE UNITED STATES J Moreira (3) 52.5kg
23. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE K McEvoy (24) 51kg
24. GUST OF WIND C Schofield (19) 51kg


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