Bookmakers Seek Cover From Winning Rupert Onslaught

Wednesday, 4th January 2017

Notwithstanding the very real threat posed by dual Gr1-winning 3YO heroine Global Glamour in Saturday Week's $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m), bookies nationwide are scurrying for cover from their exposure to boom sophomore gelding Winning Rupert. At one stage level pegging with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Global Glamour ($4.20) in early markets, each successive facile victory by Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon) has forced his odds into $1.70. The winner of his first two starts, including the Gr2 Champagne Stakes, before being tipped out last May for a spell, Winning Rupert's subsequent three starts have resulted in a cumulative drubbing of his rivals by almost 15 lengths. All 5 wins – see his latest below – by the Bjorn Baker-trained rising star – a $67,500 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase – have been with dominant Queensland hoop Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.