The Hawkes Racing-trained Messene continues to ease at for Saturday’s Doncaster Mile on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

The last start Ajax Stakes winner has drifted from $4.20 out to $5 at Sportingbet since being dealt gate 18 at Tuesday’s barrier draw for the feature Group 1 event.

The Chris Waller-trained Weary has emerged as the punters’ pick, firming from $7 into $6 at Sportingbet.

“Messene has been flying this preparation but the carpark draw combined with zero experience on rain-affected ground has punters running scared,” William Hill’s Andrew Brown said.

“The money suggests Messene and Weary will be a lot closer in betting come race time and it wouldn’t surprise me if Weary starts favourite.”

Another Waller runner, Hawkspur, has firmed from $12 into $9 at Sportingbet and Dear Demi has been specked at odds and is $41 into $26.

Mouro’s odds have been sliced from $101 into $61 after a number of significant bets, including one of $1000 eachway at the $101.

The Doncaster Mile 1600m markets

Messene$5(was $4.20)
Weary$6(was $7)
Hawkspur$9(was $12)
El Roca$11(steady)
Sacred Falls$13(was $12)
Royal Descent$13(was $14)
Toydini$15(was $12)
Slow Pace$19(was $17)
Dissident$18(was $16)
Boban$21(was $17)
Others $26+