Golden Rose Cash Pours In For Foxwedge

September 7th, 2011

Last week we indicated that John O’Shea had a big opinion of Foxwedge after his narrow last start loss to Smart Missile in the Run To The Rose and that he was backing him to turn that around in the main event Golden Rose this weekend.

It was an opinion backed up today by jockey James McDonald who said the colt has worked better for him than he ever has before.

The reality of situation is that Foxwedge only failed to hold on by a head last start and despite the flashy fast finish of Smart Missile if his timing is off even the slightest bit Foxwedge could well become the Golden Rose champion.

It seems the punters have taken this advise on board with Foxwedge the one punters have come for in early betting markets.

Michael Sullivan from SportingBet says after opening him at a quote of $9.00 it’s been unloaded upon and he’s now into just $7.00.

No other horse has had the same level of interest in the early stages probably helped in part but his prime barrier draw.

“We took one bet to win $20,000 at $9.00 and the money has kept coming for him,” Sullivan said.

“It is no real surprise given Smart Missile only just nabbed him on the line last start and he is $1.80 while Foxwedge was $9.00.

“The race could well be run to suit Foxwedge too given the small speed and potentially a lack of speed which could make it very hard for Smart Missile to finish the way he did last start.”

While Smart Missile sits steady at the odds on quote Sullivan remains confident the big punters will be taking the shorts a bit closer to the race.

The colt is unbeaten from three and has a genuine edge in quality, punters potentially just a bit wary given he’s never had the two starts in the one campaign.

“He was off the map first up and while he has eased from $1.70 to $1.80 so far this week, I am sure we will see punters come for him given the way he finished in the Run to the Rose,” he said.

The full SportingBet market for the 2011 Golden Rose is as follows:

Smart Missile 1.80

Helmet 4.20

Foxwedge 7.00

Manawanui 7.00

Aeronautical 10.00

Flight Of Pegasus 61.00