Peter Moody’s new superstar gallops Incentive seems to start the Melbourne Cup as the cheapest favorite since legend Phar Lap in 1930.
Phar Lap – Australia’s most famous racehorse – paid just $ 1.73 when he won the race that stops a nation 91 years ago. Phar Lap was the $ 2 favorite when he ran in third place in 1929, and the $ 4 favorite when he ran as eighth in 1931.
Since then, a number of favorites have jumped and paid $ 2.75 in the Melbourne Cup – Pretty fast in 1940 (race 4th), Howe in 1948 (race 5.), Redcraze in 1956 (race 2.), and Gay Icarus in 1971 (race 9.).
So you think was the shortest favorite of the modern era when it paid $ 3 and finished in third place in the 2010 edition.
Now it looks like Incentivize will pay anywhere from $ 2.40 to $ 2.75 when Australia stops to set at 3pm today.
Bet365 bookmaker Steve Boukaram explained to Wide World of Sports why Incentivize deserves to be the shortest favorite since Phar Lap … and why he wants to put his money elsewhere.
“We are talking about a horse, as it was only earlier this year, it won its maiden. But I do not think it is a problem that it is a horse with easy running,” he said.
“If you look back at 2019, Vow And Declare won and it was only its 13th start, 2018 Cross Counter won the trophy at its eighth start. (Incentivise) has probably also got the right shape for a horse with easy running.
“You saw what (Incentivise) did in the Caulfield Cup. When it first came in, it just ruined them eventually. From what we’ve seen, it looks like a bulletproof horse. It’s on the move, it handles pressure. and it’s such a strong horse.Is 3200m a query? Yes, but it’s probably a query for most of the field.
“Could I get into Incentivize for those odds? Not for me. But you can see why it’s such a low price.”
Boukaram revealed that while Incentivize will keep most of the money coming in from players before races, there is plenty of value to be found elsewhere in the field.
“There have been some roughies that have also been really well supported. Delphi has been really well supported,” he said.
“It has come in from $ 41 to $ 21 since (Sunday). He has been really well supported by the odds.
“Floating Artist, Great House, Sir Lucan … these lightweight runners have received really good support.”