Australia’s leading bookmaker the TAB gives an overview of today’s betting markets from the feature races and race meetings from around the country. See which races punters cleaned up on and lost on.
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Bivouac $26-$11 (after winning Vain Stakes @ Caulfield)
Exhilarates $51-$26 (after winning Quezette Stakes)
Mystic Journey $6-$5 fav (after winning Lawrence Stakes @ Caulfield)
Toulon Brook was one of several movers in what proved to be a very open TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap (1300 metres).
Opening the day as a $12 chance, the Kody Nestor-trained runner was backed into $7.50 but wasn’t the only one that punters had a crack at with Elegant Ellen ($13-$6.50), Airfree ($21-$19), Schappose ($7.50-$6.50) and Whiskyndiamonds ($51-$26) all firming during the day.
Anthony Cavallo had the son of Hinchinbrook positioned behind the leader and found clear running turning for home, with the gelding finishing best to land the cash. The easing favourite Zardoro ($4.60-$5.50) rattled home after being last on the turn to wind up second with Alcatran ($17-$11) holding third after running a cheeky race out in front.
BETS: Toulon Brook $2,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Airfree $1,000 e/w @ $23/$6
BETS: Schappose $1,200 x $1,000 e/w @ $6/$2.20
Connemara ($5) was a popular choice for TAB customers in the Book Spring Hospitality Handicap (1400 metres).
The Bjorn Baker runner was the second best tried horse in the race outside of the favourite Wimlah ($4-$3.50-$4) and attracted a number of decent bets throughout the afternoon.
Nash Rawiller set the daughter of Fastnet Rock alight around the field turning for home, sweeping up to the leaders early in the straight before powering clear. See Me Exceed ($41) added spice to the exotics in running second while Helga ($4-$6) ran third after sitting outside the leader.
Bubbles Ball ($9-$5.50) was the subject of a strong push earlier in the morning while Constellations ($8.50-$7) was solid.
BETS: Connemara $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Bubbles Ball $2,000 @ $6
The ‘good thing’ of the day did the right thing by his supporters by rattling home to take out the Everest Carnival Handicap (1100 metres).
Pandemic had been hammered ever since the market opened on Wednesday. At that stage, $6 was available but the price didn’t last long as the Godolphin rep was smashed.
Today, $2.70 was still on offer but Pandemic was smashed into even money and was extremely popular with multi players.
Bailed up in the second half of the field, jockey Tommy Berry finally found clear running midway down the straight and the son of Sepoy exploded to beat Maddi Rocks ($5.50) and Exotic Ruby ($23).
The James Cummings-trained winner held 75 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Pandemic $15,000 @ $2.70, $5,000 @ $2.40, $10,000 @ $2.15
It was a tough win from the Joseph Pride-trained Royal Witness to take out the ATC Members Tours Handicap. Royal Witness was a drifter on race day ($4.60-$5.50) but defied the betting to stave off his rivals after making the running. The heavily tried Miss Invincible ($10-$6) loomed as the immediate danger in the straight but peaked on her run to finish fourth. The fast-finishing God Of Thunder ($3.60-$4.00) snuck through on the fence to make it interesting but had to settle for second. Another well-supported runner was November Man ($7.50-$6) and he was spotted doing his best work late to run into third place.
BETS: Royal Witness $1,200 @ $5.50
BETS: Miss Invincible $2,000 @ $6.00
Commander and Tour Down Under were the two best supported runners in the Events By ATC Handicap (1550 metres).
Punters were spot on as the pair finished one-two with Commander ($4-$3.30) getting the money after sitting outside the leader.
Tour Down Under was sensationally supported after opening at $51 on Wednesday. Today, with the scratchings, $17 was still on offer but constant support saw it crunched into $4.20.
BETS: Commander $1,000 @ $3.80, $1,500 @ $3.50, $3,000 @ $3.30, $1,500 @ $3.30 TWICE
BETS: Tour Down Under $1,500 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40
The money was spot on in the sixth event with Wolfe landing a number of big bets in the Premier’s Cup Prelude (1800 metres).
Wolfe had been $2.80 in the morning and constant support saw it firm into $2.50 late in betting. Such was the popularity of the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott runner that he was three times as popular as So You Win ($4.20-$3.90) which was second pick in the market.
Forced to tough it out, Tim Clark had to get everything out of the son of Novellist as he overhauled the leader Stampede ($26). So You Win found the line nicely for third.
BETS: Wolfe $5,000 @ $2.50, $4,000 @ $2.50
Girl Tuesday powered over the top of her rivals to claim victory in the Spring Preview Handicap and was a popular double-figure choice with TAB punters ($15 in to $11). Bangkok ($7-$8) and Cradle Mountain ($7.50-$8.50) took out the minor prizes. The two solidly backed runners were having a battle royal of their own in the straight but Girl Tuesday swept down the outside and rounded them up for a dominant win. The beaten favourite Wren’s Day ($2.50-$3.70-$2.50) was backed on the day but overall solid in the market and ran on well for sixth after a year-long lay-off.
BETS: Bangkok $3,000 @ $8
BETS: Cradle Mountain $1,500 @ $8.50
BETS: Wren’s Day $5,000 @$2.50, $3,000 @ $2.50
The roughest outsider of the field, I Am Vinnie, caused a massive upset beating the heavily tried favourite Thy Kingdom Come ($3.80-$3.20). I Am Vinnie was solidly backed ($51-$26-$61) and plenty of smaller sized bets made sure it was not a winner in the TAB book. Shock Alert ($8.50-$7) led on settling with the favourite on his back. The favourite raced away in the straight but was found wanting late with I Am Vinnie waiting to pounce. Pembroke Castle was a popular choice, opening $6 Wednesday and starting $4.40. He was up on the speed early but quickly got shuffled back and by the time he wound up, the ship had well and truly sailed.
BETS: Thy Kingdom Come $1,400 @ $3.30, 1,000 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $2.90
Eachway punters were cheering in the Winter Racing Handicap (1100 metres) after All Too Royal stormed home to salute.
All Too Royal was the first horse backed when markets opened on Wednesday. At that point, $11 had been offer but by Thursday single figures ($7) were being offered. Today, the All Too Hard gelding not only blew in betting but doubled its price from the morning.
Starting at $14, the Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace runner charged home under Robbie Dolan to beat the very popular Mister Songman ($2.90-$2.15-$2.30) and Laburnum ($12).
Of the others, Tell Me ($10-$7.50) was a firmer late as was Ranier ($8.50-$9.50-$6.50).
BETS: All Too Royal $1,000 e/w @ $9.50/$3.10 , $1,000 @ $9, $1,000 e/w @ $8.50/$2.90, $1,000 e/w @ $8/$2.70, $1,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $7.50/$2.60, $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Mister Songman $2,308 @ $2.30, $5,500 @ $2.15
Pippie defied a big betting drift on the day to romp away with the MRC Foundation Supports Legacy Handicap (1100 metres).
The John & Chris Meagher-trained runner had opened up $2.70 favourite on Wednesday and was jumped on straight away by punters. Traders had the mare as a $2.30 chance this morning but she got the blows as money came for Diamond Effort and Gododdin. By jump time, punters could have secured $3.40.
Jockey Ben Melham went straight to the front and never gave anything a chance as Pippie bolted clear to score easily over Diamond Effort ($5-$3.80-$4.40) and I’m Telling Ya ($14).
Of the others, Gododdin ($6.50) had good support and was the second most popular horse outside the winner while Exceltara ($14), Suplex City ($10-$8) and tony Nicconi ($13-$11) had admirers.
BETS: Pippie $3,000 @ $3.40, $2,000 @ $2.50
BETS: Suplex City $1,000 @ $8.50
BETS: Gododdin $5,000 e/w @ $7/$2.30, $1,000 @ $7
Benitoite ($4.40) was a losing result for TAB when it was successful in the Black Caviar Tribute Handicap (1700 metres).
Although drifting out from $3.70 in the morning, Benitoite went around with more money than any other runner bar Rat With Goldtooth and after being aided by a rails hugging ride by Damien Oliver, finished best to score.
Room To Rhyme ($101) ran a cheeky race out in front to hold second in front of Paint The Town Two and Toryjoy ($4.60). The latter wound up third after winning a protest in the stewards room.
Collectable was specked from $9.50-$8 and finished on the heels on the placegetters.
Rat With Goldtooth, which had been the early morning favourite, went out to $4 at the jump.
BETS: Benitoite $1,250 @ $4.40, $1,500 e/w @ $3.60/$1.50
Guizot had admirers and firmed up late in the Nitto Denko handicap (1600 metres).
Opening the day as a $9 chance, Guizot jumped at $7.50 and in what was a fairly wide open betting affair, was responsible for nearly 10 percent of the market.
Linda Meech got the best out of the Aaron Purcell runner to beat Sylpheed ($15) and King Of Leogrance ($12-$8.50). Beau Balmain ($6.50-$4.60-$5.50) was the subject of a good move early in the afternoon while Snitzepeg ($5-$4.60-$6) had backing but got out late.
BETS: Beau Balmain $2,200 @ $5
Age Of Chivalry was heavily tried and went around as one of the best backed runners across the country.
Opening the day at $2.30, he touched $2.15 briefly before getting back out to the $2.30 quote. The Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained runner accounted for 65 percent of the total investment and was heavily tried through multis.
Leading throughout with Damian Lane in the saddle, Age Of Chivalry went on to beat Rox The Castle ($10) and Shot Of Irish ($4.40).
BETS: Age Of Chivalry $8,70 @ $2.25
Bivouac defied the betting drift to be a brilliant winner of the Vain Stakes (1100 metres).
A member of the powerful Godolphin stable of James Cummings, Bivouac opened the day at $2.40 but got out to $3 at the jump after good backing for Dubious and also Excess Funds ($5-$3.80).
Jockey Hugh Bowman had the son of Exceed And Excel just off the speed being set by Sebrakate but on straightening, the colt showed a sensational turn of foot to race straight past the leader and score easily.
Sebrakate ($10-$12) held second while Dirty Work ($26) rounded out the trifecta in front of Dubious ($2.70-$3.20)
BETS: Bivouac $1,000 @ $3, $5,000 x $6,000 e/w @ $2.80/$1.60
Punters didn’t mind the price about Exhilarates who attracted good money to take out the Beck Probuild Quezette Stakes (1100 metres).
The James Cummings runner was $8.50 on Wednesday when the field was finalised and was still $7.50 this morning, however, sheer weight of support saw it come into $6 at one point before going $6.50 at the jump.
While fellow Godolphin runner Lyre ($4.20-$3.50) was a popular elect and held the most money, Exhilarates was the second pick in terms of money taken.
Showing an explosive turn of speed, Exhilarates charged past the leaders to salute for Kerrin McEvoy. Absolute Flirt ($9-$8.50) wound up second while Pin Sec ($13-$23) rattled home for third, a nose in front of Lyre.
Of the others, Rumble Doll ($14-$9.50-$10) had been tried at odds while Sizzlefly ($6.50) had admirers.
BETS: Exhilarates $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Lyre $10,000 @ $4
BETS: Sizzlefly $2,000 @ $6.50
Favourite backers were on the money in the Regal Roller Stakes (1200 metres).
Begood Toya Mother had sustained support for 48 hours prior to the race, getting out to $3 at one point in betting and bottoming out at $2.60.
Jumping at $2.70, Declan bates took the Daniel Bowman runner straight to the front and the pair were never headed, racing away to land a number of big bets.
Haunted ($6.50-$8.50), which looked a chance halfway down the straight, tracked the winner and finished second in front of Fundamentalist ($7).
The second pick in the market was Behemoth ($4-$3.50) which had big money riding on it too but after getting shuffled back in the pack, the four-year-old hit the line for fourth after the bird had flown.
Begood Toya Mother held 36 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Begood Toya Mother $4,000 @ $2.60, $2,000 @ $2.60, $1,500 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Behemoth $5,000 @ $3.90
Mystic Journey went around as one of the most popular horses in Australia today.
The Adam Trinder-trained runner held 60 percent of the total investment in the PB Lawrence Stakes (1400 metres) and was four times as popular as the next pick in the market, Hartnell ($4.40).
Producing a whirlwind finish under Anthony Darmanin, Mystic Journey ($2-$1.95-$2) was too good at the finish for the leader Cliff’s Edge ($9) and Hartnell.
BETS: Mystic Journey $5,000 @ $2, $3,010 @ $2, $2,500 @ $2, $2,000 @ $2 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $2