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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