PUNTERS at Sportsbet.com.au enjoyed a day out on the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
The online bookmaker reports that several of its customers turned modest stakes into big windfalls by picking the first three in the race that stops the nation.
Top of the pops was a $50 boxed trifecta that returned some $151,225 after Rekindling, Johannes Vermeer and Max Dynamite delivered the goods.
There was also a $100,433 collect with a $33 boxed tri, while another punter tipped the first three straight up to a $20 bet into a $60,502 win.
“Hats off to those punters, Rekindling was an unlikely hero but no doubt they’ll celebrate their wins for a long time to come,” said Sportsbet’s Will Byrne.
Rekindling has opened as the $21 favourite in the early betting for the 2018 Melbourne Cup, with runner-up Johannes Vermeer ($26) and 2016 winner Almandin ($31) also highly ranked.
2018 Melbourne Cup odds
$21 – Rekindling
$26 – Aloisia, Johannes Vermeer
$31 – Almandin
$41 – Big Duke, Marmelo, Ace High, Red Cardinal
$51 – Max Dynamite, Wall Of Fire, Amelie’s Star, Humidor, Thomas Hobson
$61 – Tiberian, Nakeeta
$67 – Ventura Storm
$101 – Single Gaze, Libran, Boom Time, Bondi Beach, Hartnell, Us Army Ranger, Cismontane
$151 – Gallante, Who Shot Thebarman, Wicklow Brave
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