Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has posted eight-time Group 1 winner Fernando Bale as a $1.50 favourite for what may be his Sandown swansong in Friday night’s Melbourne Cup.
Fernando Bale’s kennelmate, Dyna Double One ($2.80), is the only other runner under double figures.
Outsider Zipping Meg ($31) has had support and Bearville Azza, who jumps from the rails box, has admirers at $21.
“Connections are not ruling out the possibility that this could be Fernando Bale’s last race. It would be great to see the champion bow out a winner, however punters are yet to come for the him with Zipping Meg holding the most money,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Bulmer.