Melbourne Cup booking of Moreira finds favour

It appears both punters and bookies alike agree the booking of Joao Moreira for the Willie Mullins trained Thomas Hobson for the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 7th has increased Mullins chances of winning the prestigious race.

In the last 48 hours, no fewer than 15 bookmakers have slashed Thomas Hobson’s odds reports The Ascot Stakes winner can still be backed at 20/1 but is already as short as 16/1 with one bookmaker.

Given the amount of support for the Rich Ricci-owned horse, the odds could be cut even further as we get closer to the off. Since the jockey booking, just over 37% of bets have been on Thomas Hobson winning. He’s been the most backed horse in the race, just pipping Amelies Star, who has received 33% of bets.

Bookies have installed Amelies Star as second favourite for the Cup, behind Almandin who is a 7/1 shot, the only horse with single-figure odds.

Link - Oddschecker Melbourne Cup odds

Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek: “Frankie Dettori was onboard Max Dynamite in 2015 and, whilst Joao Moreira may not be such a household name in the UK, this jockey booking is no less striking. Punters need no excuse to climb aboard a Willie Mullins good thing, and the booking of the Brazilian jockey has them reaching for their wallets.”

Flemington, home of the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November, picture ThoroughbredNEWS