REIGNING champion Beautide has been installed an equal favourite ahead of his Inter Dominion title defence.
Having won the two previous editions of the time-honoured series at Tabcorp Park Menangle, Beautide is listed at $4.80 for the Perth series later this year.
TAB Fixed Odds has released its early market for the Championship, which is scheduled to begin with heats on November 27.
Although trainer James Rattray has stated there is a possibility Beautide may bypass the Gloucester Park series, TAB has placed the son of Bettor’s Delight at the head of the table along with New Zealand star Christen Me.
Talented Victorian pacer Guaranteed is the only other runner under double figures at $9, while David Hercules is considered the best of the locals at $17.
One surprise listing is triple Inter Dominion winner Im Themightyquinn, which had his comeback stalled after pulling up sore from training.
Retired last year as a result of a fractured off-hind cannon bone, Im Themightyquinn had been progressing well before the setback according to trainer Gary Hall.
“With the series shifting back to Perth it should pose plenty of questions and not necessarily many answers at this point in time,” TAB’s Adam Hamilton said.
“Beautide has won the last two runnings at Tabcorp Park Menangle under a different format.
“Now, the series is reverting back to its traditional roots and many of the horses are unknown under those type of conditions.
“The only one that would be suited is Im Themightyquinn, when the Inter was last run in WA under the old system.
“He would certainly add a great deal of interest to the Inter should he make a surprise comeback.”
TAB Fixed Odds Market – Beautide, Christen Me $4.80; Guaranted $9; Lennytheshark $11; Philadelphia Man $14; Arden Rooney, David Hercules, Our Sky Major, Smolda $17; Machtu $21; Im Themightyquinn $26; Beaudiene Boaz, For A Reason, Franco Nelson, My Hard Copy $31; Avonnova, Have Faith In Me $35; Ohoka Punter, Tiger Tara $41; Dalton Bromac, Elegant Christian, Flaming Flutter, Hectorjayjay, Libertybelle Midfrew, Mach Beauty, Messini, Waylade $51; Others from $61
- PAUL COURTS