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Ellsberg opens as Villiers Stakes favourite

Saturday’s Festival Stakes winner Ellsberg has opened as TAB's favourite for the $750,000, Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in the Pre-Nominations market which opened on Monday.

The Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained four-year-old Spill The Beans entire heads betting at $3.50 with Nudge ($8) the other at a single-figure quote for the traditonal pre-Christmas mile at Randwick on December 11th.

An early mover has been Ellsberg’s stablemate Steely, who went up $15 but is in to $11 after being clearly the most popular runner early, including a bet of $1000 at the opening price.

All-In markets on a couple of this Saturday’s features also went up today with Mankayan (IRE) $3.50 favourite for the $300,000, Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m) over Saturday’s Zipping Classic winner Sound (GER), while Baller is the $2.50 for the $200,000, Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.

TAB ODDS 

VILLIERS STAKES

$3.50    Ellsberg
$8.00    Nudge
$11        Bandersnatch, Brutality, Nudge (opened $15), Stockman
$15        Berdibek, Exoboom, Kementari, Order Again, Yamazaki
$26        Art Cadeau, Criaderas, Dawn Passage, Gem Song,
              Kubrick, Mubariz, Reloaded
$51        Al Mah Haha, Blesk, Countofmontechristo, Kirwin’s Lane,
              Lina’s Hero, Looks Like Elvis, Prime Candidate,
              Purple Sector, Quackerjack
$101      Pandano

PAKENHAM CUP

$3.50    Mankayan
$5.00    Sound
$8.00    Dr Drill
              High Emocean
              Team Captain
$11        Smokin’ Romans
$15        Mimi’s Award
              Saracen Knight
$21+      Quote others

GEORGE MOORE STAKES

$2.50    Zoustyle                            (opened $2.40)
$6.00    Shooting For Gold
              Tambo’s Mate
$8.00    Baller                                 (opened $10)
$9.00    Weona Smartone            (opened $8.50)
$11        Alligator Blood                (opened $10)
              The Harrovian                  (opened $10)
$15        Hard Empire
              Signore Fox
              Simply Fly
              Wandabaa
$26+      Quote others 
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