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DAVID Hayes reck­ons book­mak­ers are still suf­fer­ing the af­ter­shocks of Black Caviar’s un­prece­dented 25 wins with­out a loss.

He said that could be the only rea­son the cham­pion mare’s first foal Osci­etra odd­son favourite in her race de­but at Flem­ing­ton to­day.

Osci­etra con­tests the New Year Plate (1000m) and was as short as $1.50 yes­ter­day.

“I hope they’re right but I am a lit­tle bit sur­prised,” Hayes said. “I don’t think that’s very good value at all.

“Her mother was in Group 1s at that price and she’s in her first race and we don’t know how good the op­po­si­tion are.

“It shows her mother hurt the book­ies a lot and it shows they don’t want to take a chance on her.”

But the TAB’s Nick Quinn said the pro­hib­i­tive odds had not stopped pun­ters back­ing Osci­etra yes­ter­day, in­clud­ing bets of $2000 and $1000.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see what price she is on the Tote, as just like her fa­mous mum and re­cently The Cleaner she will at­tract bets from peo­ple that don’t nor­mally bet at this time of the year,” Quinn said.

“She has also firmed from $51 into $26 in the Golden Slip­per mar­kets de­spite the fact she is not nom­i­nated.” MOODY CUTS TIES, PAGE 56

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