MONGOLIAN Khan’s chances of becoming the 12th horse to win the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double have been boosted today following only a 1kg penalty.

The stayer firmed from $7.00 into $6.00 with TAB after today’s news, but fellow import Fame Game still remains the one to beat.

After an eye catching finish to the Caulfield Cup, Fame Game firmed from $7.00 into $4.60 over the weekend, while Trip To Paris has also caught the attention of punters, in from $16 to $6.00. 

“A one kilo penalty is extremely favourable for Mongolian Khan, he will be looking to emulate fellow four-year-old Might and Power who carried 56kgs to complete the Cups double in 1997 and the way he won on Saturday shows he is more than capable of the task,” said TAB’s Nick Quinn. 

In other betting news, Kermadec and Criterion are now equal favourites for the Cox Plate after Criterion drifted from $5.00 to $5.50 today, while Highlight Reel and Winx remain amongst the top hopes at $6.00.

In Friday night’s Group One, Chautauqua looks the one punters are keen on in the Manikato Stakes, clearly the best backed at $1.90 ahead of Exosphere ($4.60) and Srikandi ($4.60).


Melbourne Cup
$4.60     Fame Game
$6.00     Trip To Paris, Mongolian Khan
$10         Snow Sky
$11         Preferment
$12         Max Dynamite, Who Shot Thebarman
$14         Amralah
$16         Bondi Beach, Hokko Brave, Kingfisher , Our Ivanhowe
$18         Big Orange, Criterion, Dandino, Gust Of Wind
$21         Hartnell, Hauraki
$26         Grand Marshal, Red Cadeaux
$31         Complacent, Lets Make Adeal, Sky Hunter
Others quoted

Cox Plate

$5.50     Kermadec, Criterion
$6.00     Highland Reel, Winx
$9.00     Arod 
$11         Preferment
$15         Fawkner, Hartnell, Happy Trails

$26         Complacent, Contributor, Gailo Chop, Mongolian Khan, Mourinho, Pornichet, Royal Descent, The Cleaner

Manikato Stakes
$1.90     Chautauqua
$4.60     Exosphere, Srikandi 
$6.00     Terravista
$9.00     Buffering
$10         Alpha Miss, Rebel Dane
$15         Angelic Light
$17         Fast ‘n’ Rocking 
$26         Mogador
$31         Japonisme, Rich Enuff
$41         Flamberge, Knoydart