Bookmakers braced as money flows for Light Infantry in the Golden Eagle

Bookmakers are fearful the wave of money for English raider Light Infantry in the Golden Eagle will continue right up until jump time on Saturday, with the favourite’s price for the $10 million showcase at Rosehill halving by Thursday evening.

Light Infantry was as short as $3.40 having been freely available at $7 at the start of the week.

Jamie Spencer scouts the outside fence in Light Infantry’s last hit out at Canterbury on Tuesday morning.Credit:Janie Barrett

“They just want one horse and one horse only today,” BlueBet boss Michael Sullivan said. “Just weight of money sees it keep on shortening. Every time push it out, we get more money.

“It’s a horse that’s never raced in a 20-horse field around a bend at Rosehill, so there’s plenty in our favour. We want to take him on.”

If the full field of 20 runners faces the starter for the Golden Eagle on Saturday, it will only be third time in the past 40 years a capacity field has jumped from the Rosehill 1500m start.

TAB’s Glenn Munsie called the Golden Eagle a remarkable betting race at the top of the market with Chain Of Lightning and In The Congo, the only other two runners under $10, also halving their quotes since the beginning of the week.

“It’s not often you have three horses do that in a big race,” Munsie said. “They just want those three and really nothing else, which is unusal in any race. Light Infantry has been well backed with us and you can see the money is going to keep coming for it.”

Ladbrokes are also starting to see the money for the Light Infantry with a few bets of $2000 at the $4.20 mark forcing the two-time group 1 runner-up in France into $3.60.

“The first bet we took on Light Infantry was at $36 in August and we are now betting $3.60,” Ladbrokes’ Adam Hamilton said. “The trend seems to be as the race gets closer he is taking up a greater proportion of our hold. If that keeps happening he could get closer to $3.”

Trainer Ciaron Maher has been delighted by how well Light Infantry has adjusted to Australian conditions and believes he will be able to put himself into the race on Saturday and will just need luck at the right time.

“I’ve travelled a lot of horses out here to Sydney and Melbourne over the last five years and I would say this horse has probably travelled better than all of them, ” Maher said.

“He can take a position, he usually wants to find a bit of cover to switch him off. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s in the first half.

“You just hope a horse like him gets his opportunity when he wants it in the race.”

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