Bart favourite for 13th Cup

Faint Perfume is favoured to give Bart Cummings his 13th Melbourne Cup and his eighth Caulfield Cup with TAB Sportsbet which opened its Cups and Cox Plate markets on Thursday.

The VRC Oaks winner is $12 Melbourne Cup favourite ahead of 2009 Cup winner Shocking, Tenno Sho winner Jaguar Mail and another Cummings’ representative, Queensland Derby winner Dariana.


Faint Perfume also holds sway as the top pick in Caulfield Cup betting at $10 with AJC Australian Derby winner Shoot Out at $12.

AJC Australian Oaks winner Once Were Wild and Dariana are next at $14.

Cummings also has a strong hand in the Cox Plate with So You Think, who gave him his fourth win in the race last year, the $12 equal favourite with the John Wallace-trained Shoot Out.

Faint Perfume is third pick at $16 with Predatory Pricer, now with the Mick Price stable, at $18.

The Luca Cumani-trained Manighar is the first firmer with TAB Sportsbet for the 150th Melbourne Cup with bets of $800 and $600 at $81 bringing the grey gelding’s price in to $51.

Manighar is one of five horses the Cumani stable nominated for the Cup including 2007 runner-up Purple Moon and 2008 runner-up Bauer.

TAB Sportsbet’s opening market for the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 16.

$10.00 Faint Perfume

$12.00 Shoot Out

$14.00 Once Were Wild, Dariana

$16.00 Zabrasive

$18.00 So You Think, Linton, Predatory Pricer, Valdemoro, Vigor

$21.00 Mr Charlie, Shamoline Warrior, Jaguar Mail, Alcopop, Herculian Prince

Others from $26

Opening market for the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 23.

$12.00 Shoot Out, So You Think

$16.00 Faint Perfume

$18.00 Predatory Pricer

$21.00 Heart Of Dreams, Linton, Vigor, Theseo, Typhoon Tracy, Shocking, Whobegotyou, Metal Bender

Others from $26

Opening market for the $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 2.

$12.00 Faint Perfume

$14.00 Shocking, Jaguar Mail, Dariana

$17.00 Shoot Out, Profound Beauty

$21.00 Jessicabeel, Zabrasive, Alcopop, Illustrious Blue, Shamoline Warrior, Efficient, Meiner Kitz

Others from $26