Locally trained Tuscan Fire has been heavily backed to win the Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup on Saturday.

Tuscan Fire has firmed from $8.00 into $7.00 and holds one third of the money wagered on the race. Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has Spinderbella as the $5.00 favourite.

“Support for Spinderbella has dried up slightly and there’s been a strong move for Tuscan Fire. If this sort of pattern continues we could see Tuscan Fire running favourite,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.

Roughie Happy As Hell ($17 – $13) has plenty of admirers, but Vilanova ($6.50 – $8.00) is friendless.

Sportsbet are pledging to refund punters bets on the Ballarat Cup if their horse finishes 2nd.

Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au:

Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup

(prices in brackets from 19/11/14)

$5.00 Spinderbella (steady)

$7.00 Tuscan Fire (in from $8.00)

$8.00 Vilanova (out from $6.50)

$9.00 At First Sight (steady)

$11 Mujadale (steady)

$12 Count Of Limonade (out from $11)

$12 Electric Fusion (in from $13)

$13 Happy As Hell (in from $17)

$15 Shenzhou Steeds (out from $13)

$17 Motivado (out from $15)

$17 The Inventor (steady)

$21 Hvasstan (steady)

$26 Waltzing To Win (out from $21)

$26 Fat Al (in from $34)

$41 Mobaco (steady)

$51 You Think So (out from $41)

$67 Tanby (out from $51)

$67 Hurdy Gurdy Man (out from $51)

$101 Rialya (out from $81)