Invited runner Arod has opened joint favourite with a trio of local stars in TAB’s William Hill Cox Plate market, which opened late on Tuesday afternoon.

The Qatar Racing-owned, Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained galloper, who last week got within half a length of Solow in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, was installed the $11 equal favourite.

He shares that line with Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion, Godolphin’s dual Group 1 winnerContributer and Gai Waterhouse’s Doomben Cup winner Pornichet.

TAB’s Adam Hamilton said punters were getting a better price because Arod was not yet in Australia, but also suspects the Australian form is stronger than previous seasons.

“If Arod was already here, it would be $6 or $7 favourite, but until it is we’re happy to give bigger,” Hamilton said.

“We also like the Sydney autumn form around Contributor and Hartnell. We think it’ll stand-up.”

Last year’s runner-up Fawkner occupies the $15 second line with boom four-year-old Alpine Eagle,Aidan O’Brien-trained Cougar Mountain and another Godolphin import, Hartnell, at $17.

Star colts Vancouver and Pride Of Dubai are among of clump of runners at $21, which include Doncaster Mile winner Kermadec and top Victorian mare Noble Protector.

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TAB also opened betting on the BMW Caulfield Cup and have a trio of last season’s three-year-olds at the head of the market.

ATC Australian Derby winner Mongolian Khan heads betting at $10 with the minor placegetters from the Sydney Derby, Hauraki and Volkstok’n’barrell, both at $12.

Cox Plate favourites Criterion, Contributer and Pornichet are all at $15 in Caulfield Cup betting, as are Hartnell, VRC Derby winner Preferment and Queensland Oaks winner Winx.

Despite the deep respect for Japanese runners by Australian punters, TAB put up $21 about Fame Game, who is striving to provide Japan with back-to-back wins following last year’s success byAdmire Rakti.

“Despite Admire Rakti winning last year, we’re happy to take on the Japanese horses in the Caulfield Cup at this stage,” Hamilton said.

“Our bookies think they are better suited in the Melbourne Cup.

“Also, we think the Aussie and Kiwi form through their major three-year-old races last season will prove to be strong, especially the ATC and Queensland Derbys.”

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