CUP FAVOURITE: Steve Arnold rides So You Think to victory in Saturday’s $3 million Cox Plate. The win installed the Cummings trained horse as early bookies favourite for the Melbourne Cup. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)
So You Think’s emphatic victory in the Cox Plate on Saturday has seen the lightly raced four year-old instilled as the pre-race favourite for the race that stops the nation.
Amazingly, So You Think has had just ten-starts in a glittering career, for 6 wins and 2 placings. He has now won two-straight Cox Plates.
Despite never having run beyond the 2040-metre distance of the Cox Plate, jockey Steven Arnold believes that the extra distance of the Melbourne Cup, will not be cause for concern provided that he can relax on the day.
“He got a bit stirred up today with the crowd, so that might settle him down a bit.
“He’s probably got to relax a little bit better again, but never say never with this horse I don’t think," he stated.
Until the Cox Plate victory, trainer Bart Cummings hadn’t decided whether to run in the Cup or not.
“Looks like we will” was his response to whether or not he would start in the race.
Another Cummings trained horse impressed at Moonee Valley on Saturday, with five-year old Precedence winning the Cathay Pacific Airways Cup.
That result has Precedence as the third favourite for the cup, though his running in the race is dependant upon a good run on Derby Day at Flemington this Saturday.
2009 winner Shocking is on the second line of betting. After thrashing its rivals in the race last year, the stallion has taken a different route for his preparations and whilst not winning has impressed in each run, especially his fourth place in the Caulfield Cup earlier this month.
Caulfield Cup winner Descarado is also well in contention. The form line through the race is slightly skewed given the torrential rain and heavy track that greeted the starters.
So whilst the field has not been touted as the highest quality, the sheer presence of the Cummings trained pair, and in particular the horse that is currently considered to be the best in Australia, should make the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup one to remember.
Latest Centrebet odds for the 2010 Melbourne Cup
- So You Think – $4.60
- Shocking – $5.50
- Precendence – $11
- Descarado – $14
- Linton – $15
- Manighar – $15
- Profound Beauty – $15
- Alcopop – $18
The 2010 Melbourne Cup runs next Tuesday, 2 November.