While it was hard to miss the barnstorming finish of Tarzino in The Vase at Moonee Valley last week, there is money with UBET for a couple of others to beat the $2.60 favourite in tomorrow’s Victoria Derby.
Lizard Island has been $14 into $10 but it has been Perth 3 year-old Kia Ora Koutou which has been the target of concerted support.
"Kia Ora Koutou is unbeaten in four starts, defeated an older horse last start, and has had an ideal Derby preparation," said UBET Media Manager Gerard Daffy.
'There were several small bets for the WA star at $67 and $41 when the market opened a few weeks ago, but in the last 24 hours Kia Ora Koutou has been best backed from $9.00 into $7.50,' Daffy added.
Royal Descent finished last in the Caulfield Cup after enduring a torrid run, but has been a huge go to atone in the Myer Classic.
After opening at $7.00 on Wednesday, Royal Descent is firming all the time, currently $5.50 following a string of three-figure bets.
'Royal Descent is a popular mare anytime, but I must admit we have been caught by surprise with the support for her after finishing at the tail of the field last start,' Daffy said.
While the focus of attention is clearly placed on Flemington tomorrow, those keen to back a winner early in the day might have a look at the first race at Morphettville.
First starter Bullion Wolf, trained by Lloyd Kennewell has been backed off the map, now $3.00 after opening at $7.00.