Finche will start favourite in the Melbourne Cup after pre-post favourites Mer De Glace and Constantinople were friendless at Monday's Call Of The Card.
Bookmaker Anthony Doughty was happy to offer $9 for punters on the Caulfield Cup winner and just $23,000 in bets were placed. Constantinople received even less interest at $9.50.
Doughty said Mer De Glace would be his worst result but he's happy to risk the Japanese stayer.
"I think we realised there'll be a change of favouritism, Finche will start favourite," Doughty said.
"Mer De Glace, the pre-post favourite, I think the vibes are the Caulfield Cup win might be a bit overrated. I'm not saying he can't win but it might be a bit short odds, the $9 I gave. I think it's a great horse with a great record but this might be an afterthought, the Melbourne Cup. I think it's short odds."
Former bookmaker turned punter Tom Waterhouse backed a number of horses at the Crown Palladium event, including The Chosen One ($101) to win $1 million, Twilight Payment ($61) to win $450,000, Latrobe ($21) to win $250,000, Magic Wand ($26) to win $150,000, Downdraft ($21) to win $100,000 and Finche ($8.50) to win $85,000. Finche shortened into $8 during the call.
"I was hoping for $9, I thought they'd bet better than that," Waterhouse said of Finche.
"I'd rather be on it than the Japanese horse. I just looked for value on the day."
Waterhouse was keen to bet to win $1.5 million on The Chosen One, but was only allowed to bet $10,000.
"There's going to be a lot of pace in the race, as there is in all Cups and it's going to be flying home," he said.
"I thought it was shorter than $101 and they bet good odds about it so that's why I backed it for a stack, but I don't have it in my top three.
"I think the most likely to win is a horse I haven't backed but at the odds I really like Latrobe.
"I would have backed Latrobe to win $1 million if they offered $26 but I didn't think I was getting the top price."
Vow And Declare ($12), Steel Prince ($81 out to $91), Prince Of Arran ($20), Mustajeer ($21), Southern France ($21) and Master Of Reality ($26) didn't interest punters.
However, Pointsbet chief executive Sam Swannell, betting for himself, was able to get on nine of 12 horses he was interested in, backing Cross Counter ($14), Magic Wand ($26) and favourite Finche ($8.50) each to win $50,000.
"Finche, Chris Waller, aimed at the race, the guy is a genius. Out of the Caulfield Cup runners, he's definitely the one I prefer," Swannell said.
"Cross Counter, again [Charlie] Appleby, he's unbelievable when he brings them to Australia. After his win in Dubai, of course he was trying in those races but this race is worth far more than any of those races and when Appleby comes here he shoots the lights out.
"[And Magic Wand], the fact that Ryan Moore's got off, obviously the barrier is not fantastic but the toe it showed in the Cox Plate would indicate to me it can get across and take a position. I'm all about the best trainers and jockeys winning this race and all those three tick the boxes."
Swannell also backed Mirage Dancer, Hunting Horn, Rostropovich and Surprise Baby to win $20,000.
Steve Bradley was the other prominent punter on the day, getting on Magic Wand to win $600,000, Il Paradiso to win $300,000 and Youngstar to win $100,000, despite wanting to back all three to win $1 million.
Il Paradiso shortened from $15 into $14 during the call.
"It was good to get on the horses that I wanted to back. Even though I didn't get on for the full amount, I was quite happy to get on for the amount I did," Bradley said.
"I just feel as though [Magic Wand] is going to be suited by the pace and it's quite an adaptable horse.
"[Il Paradiso] I would have preferred to get a little more on but I think it's had the right preparation to win the race and I do believe it's got a good turn of foot.
"[And Youngstar] I just feel as though on its last run that it may have found its form and at the odds I just thought it was a very good bet."
- SMH/The Age