Randwick punters not shocked by Melbourne Cup result
There were plenty of happy punters at Randwick after Shocking’s dominant win in the Melbourne Cup.
The Mark Kavanagh-trained Shocking, who started at $10, was given a massive roar in the betting auditorium at Randwick in sweltering conditions as he crossed the line with Corey Brown aboard.
For the early part of the race the bulk of punters were fairly quiet, with many using their racebooks as fans to gain some respite from the 35 degree heat.
But as they got down to the business end of the race it was clear who the money was on.
Leading bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse said interest in the Melbourne Cup was equal to last year.
"It was a huge betting race and Shocking was the best-backed runner in the race," Waterhouse said.
"They gave as much as $12 yesterday and they just kept backing him today."
Shocking defeated Crime Scene ($41) by three-quarters of a length with Mourilyan ($21) 1-1/2 lengths third.
The punters were also on the money with the two foreign raiders who filled the minor placings.
"Mourilyan was particularly well backed and Crime Scene had some support as well," Waterhouse said.
"It’s been a good day of betting, overall it’s the equal of last year."
Bookmaker Peter Kafataris’ representative Adam Aduckiewicz said trading was slightly down on last year.
"I don’t think it’s as busy for us, probably because it is such a hot day and people are staying out on the lawn," Aduckiewicz said.
"It’s been up and down all day, we’ve had some real longshots getting up and a few favourites.
"There was good support for Shocking, plenty of small punters will be very happy after that result.
"There were a couple of big bets on him but mostly $10 bets and plenty of them.
"Alcopop was where we made some ground on the punters, there was plenty of support for him."
The Jake Stephens-trained Alcopop was backed from $5.50 in to $4.80 favouritism and finished sixth.
By Russell Jackson