Melbourne Cup: Punters out to bet for best horse

Punters at the Grants betting house in Suva to place their bets for the Melbourne Cup today. Picture: ROHIT DEO

THE race that stops the nation is drawing huge interest from punters around the country today.

Grants Betting Operations Manager Vijen Kumar Sundar said locals had come out in numbers and were trying their luck to earn a few extra dollars.

“From yesterday, we have seen an increase in numbers. People have turned up in numbers and are placing bets on horses they think will win this year,” Sundar said.

He said while all 24 horses stand a chance of winning today’s race, a lot of focus will be on two horses.

“Mer De Glace from Japan and Irelands Steel Prince are hot favorites to win this year’s title.

“They have been placed well and are a lot of people are placing their bets on these two horses.”

The race takes place at 4pm today.

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