Sepoy Odds-On in Blue Diamond Odds 2011 – Zahra Loses Diamond Mount

Sepoy

Sepoy

Following the announcement this morning that second favourite One Last Dance would be a non-runner in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes, bookies around the country have slashed odds on Sepoy who is now set to start odds-on favourite in the $1 million showdown at Caulfield on February 26.

The Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) is shaping up as a one-horse race with the only notable danger to Peter Snowden’s unbeaten colt being the now-withdrawn Peter Moody-trained filly One Last Dance.

Subsequently Sepoy’s price to become the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes winner and maintain his impressive career record has firmed right in, Luxbet now paying $1.80 on Sepoy in their Blue Diamond odds.

Sepoy will be only the sixth odds-on favourite in Blue Diamond history, the first since the David Hayes-trained Raise A Rhythm ($1.90) who ran fourth to stablemate Canonise in the 1991 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Rancher, the 1982 Blue Diamond Stakes winner, is the shortest ever Blue Diamond favourite at $1.40 and the only odds-on in the Blue Diamond betting who went on to win.

The shortest-priced Blue Diamond winner in recent years was Alinghi in 2004 who started the favourite, but not odds-on.

Odds are that Sepoy will become the second Saturday week.

In other news jockey Mark Zahra, aboard for all three of Sepoy’s career wins to date, has lost the mount on the star juvenile for the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Kerrin McEvoy will ride Sepoy in the Blue Diamond Stakes due to their contract with owner Sheik Mohammed.

One Last Dance’s stablemate Hallowell Belle has shortened into the $9 second-favourite at Luxbet in their Blue Diamond betting markets.

Starcraft filly Hallowell Belle most recently ran third in the Blue Diamond Prelude behind Once Last Dance at Caulfield last Saturday.

The slightly longer-price on Hallowell Belle than the $6.50 One Last Dance was paying is in part because they are yet to have secured a spot in the maximum 16-starter Blue Diamond final field, Hallowell Belle sitting 18th on the order of entry.

Our Blue Diamond Stakes tip if you think Sepoy is a shoe-in for the win is to back him now at Luxbet before odds shorten when the 2011 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes final field is released next Tuesday, February 22.

2011 Blue Diamond Stakes Odds

Horse Odds*
Sepoy 1.80
Hallowell Belle 9.00
Delago’s Lad 13.00
Satin Shoes 13.00
Glissade 15.00
Holdontoyahorses 15.00
Running Tall 20.00
Anevay 21.00
Soul Mama 26.00
Amour Cache 31.00
Boys On Tour 31.00
Metonymy 31.00
Redangelo 31.00
Grand Britannia 41.00
Arctic Command 51.00
Cape Canaveral 51.00
Envious 51.00
Helmet 51.00
Helping Hand 51.00
Masthead 51.00
Noble Twostep 51.00
Spectrolite 51.00
Almahaab 61.00
Covered In Class 61.00
Fast N Witty 71.00
Fast Shanti 71.00
Frankenbeans 71.00
Kneeling 71.00
Niconoise 71.00
And Rock 81.00
Bladon 81.00
Bossdon City 81.00
Cross Of Gold 81.00
Eramor 81.00
Win For Naara 81.00
Ervbefel 101.00
Hells Kitchen 101.00
Hot Spin 101.00
Instinction 101.00
Oamaru Rose 101.00
Petrushka 101.00
Quench The Thirst 101.00
She’s Cherryrype 101.00
Tumble Turn 101.00
Eclair Desire 151.00
Manor Lady 151.00
Poitier 151.00
Big Rojo 201.00
Braymont 201.00
Executive Star 201.00
Fastnet Prince 201.00
Le Samer 201.00
More Bubbly 201.00
Motifs 201.00
Suite Success 201.00
Black Jack Boy 301.00
I’m A Menice 301.00
Isopach 301.00
National Anthem 301.00
North East 301.00
Ortmayer 301.00

*All In Win Odds from Luxbet subject to change

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