Australia Horse Racing By Andrew Brown

Protectionist replaced as favourite for Australian Cup

Punters have abandoned Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in favour of Happy Trails for Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington.


Happy Trails has firmed from $5.50 into $4.60 at, while a lack of support has seen Protectionist’s odds drift from $4.60 out to $5.50.


“There’s some question marks over how effective Protectionist will be over the trip, while Happy Trails loves the distance and looks to be peaking,” said William Hill’s Andrew Brown.


“In early betting, for every $1 we’ve taken for Protectionist there’s been $10 for Happy Trails.”


Mourinho ($9) and Spillway ($9.50) are the other two runners in single figures.


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2015 Australian Cup

Odds from

Happy Trails $4.60

Protectionist $5.50

Mourinho $9

Spillway $9.50

Akzar $10.00

Foreteller $11.00

Red Cadeaux $12.00

The Cleaner $15.00

Au Revoir $16.00

Greatwood $19.00

Others $26+