Japanese stayer Bande has been smashed in Caulfield Cup betting. The TAB’s Adam Hamilton told Racing Network he had been backed from $9 pre-barrier draw to now be a $7 chance for Saturday’s $3 million 2400-metre clash.

“The money for him has been relentless.

"We keep writing bets of $800, $600 on him and we’ve just had to keep bringing him in,” he said.

“While we’re holding the most for Lucia ValentinaBande has taken 30 percent more than any other runner in the past 24 hours,” Hamilton explained.

“And we expect he’ll run even shorter as the Japanese punters arrive and get stuck into him,” he added.

It’s the same story with Sportingbet where Bande has been $9 into $7.50 and at that quote is second favourite behind Lucia Valentina, who has drifted from $4.40 to $4.60.

“We’ve taken one bet of $6,000 at $8 for Bande and a stack of smaller but still significant wagers,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.

“It’s clear that Bande is the punters’ pick of the two Japanese horses as we’ve taken three-times more cash for him compared to Admire Rakti.

Peter Moody’s runners continue to attract solid support, with Brambles $26 to $14 since the final field was declared and Lidari $19 to $10 during the same period.

Hamilton said Brambles had been the third best-backed runner today from $26 into $14 once it was known he was likely to get a run.