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17/11/2000 edition

Flemington Carnival

The first race on the final day of the Flemington Carnival last Saturday, November 11 was the Maribyrnong Plate, a 2YO Group 2 set weights event over 1000 metres. You would think with over 40,000 punters attending the opening market would be reasonable. Well, here it is:

Opening Bookmakers Prices Flemington 11/11/2000

Horse

Opening Prices

Tote Equivalent

  Market Percentage

Langoustine 

7/4

2.75

36.36

Malagra Miss 

9/4

3.25

30.77

Develan 

3/1 

4.00

25.00

Catman  4/1 5.00 20.00
Desert Angel  4/1 5.00 20.00
Cable  6/1 7.00 14.29
Golly  25/1 26.00 3.85
Tane  33/1 34.00 2.94

This totals over 153%.
Would you risk a $30 bet on the toss of a coin if you could only win $10? Of course not. But that is what any outrageous market totalling 150% is equivalent to. A full discussion of odds and market percentages which is essential for punters to know is in the Odds Calculator.

With such tight opening prices it is only natural for horses to ease in the betting ring. It simply reflects the prices becoming more realistic. We really can't expect horses to firm from those opening quotes so we get a market of 200%, now can we?

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