Bookmakers cursing top two as Vancouver, Exosphere well backed in Golden Slipper

Popular pick: Money keeps flooding in for Golden Slipper hopeful Exosphere. Photo: Sylvia Liber Popular pick: Money keeps flooding in for Golden Slipper hopeful Exosphere. Photo: Sylvia Liber
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Popular pick: Money keeps flooding in for Golden Slipper hopeful Exosphere. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Popular pick: Money keeps flooding in for Golden Slipper hopeful Exosphere. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Bookmakers are dreading chart toppers Vancouver and Exosphere dominating the world’s richest two-year-old race as money continues to tumble in for the top two in betting ahead of the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.

Exosphere – the top pick of John O’Shea’s four-strong Golden Slipper hand – firmed into $4 with Ladbrokes on Friday evening as he edged ever closer to laying down the challenge to Gai Waterhouse’s unbeaten colt for favouritism.

But Vancouver has maintained his iron-clad grip as the market leader despite having to launch from the outside barrier in 16.

“The market has solidified at the moment, but Exosphere is still our worst way,” Ladbrokes’ Paul Di Cioccio said. “The favourite Vancouver hasn’t flown the way we thought it would and the Slipper is a funny race, and a few of the winners have come from way back.”

The rest of the Godolphin army – Furnaces ($14), Haptic ($16) and Ottoman ($31) – also met with support on race eve as O’Shea seeks to notch up his second and perhaps career-defining group 1 win for the operation.

Di Cioccio said Ladbrokes was bracing for Furnaces to be one of the best backed runners in the hours before the Slipper. Vancouver was only slightly easy as the $3.10 top pick.

He was a little firmer at $2.80 with the country’s largest bookmaker, Tab上海龙凤419m.au, with Exosphere ($4.20) the only other runner under double figures.

“The most popular runner [on Friday] has been the favourite [Vancouver], then Exosphere,” Tab上海龙凤419m.au’s Glenn Munsie said. “Since Tuesday’s barrier draw the punters still want to back Vancouver and they haven’t been worried about the gate.”

Waterhouse’s task of preserving Vancouver’s impeccable record was made just that tad harder after the scratching of outsider Look To The Stars with a foot abscess. Only one horse has won the Golden Slipper when starting from barrier 16.

But it didn’t matter at the call of the card at Randwick with Vancouver, shopped at $3.30, well supported alongside Waterhouse’s other runners English and Speak Fondly.

Mike Moroney’s Serenade takes her spot in the field after Look To The Stars’ scratching.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.