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RACE SIX – TATTERSALL’S CUP (3000 metres)
Favourite backers were cheering when Glen Boss steered home Vow And Declare to a popular win.
The three-year-old, trained by Danny O’Brien, was $2.90 out to as much as $3.40 before a late rally saw him jump a $3 favourite. He was the most popular runner in the race and was responsible for 33 percent of the market.
Boss bided his time back in the main pack as the tearaway leader set a frantic pace. Issuing his challenge just before the turn, Vow And Declare hit the front in the straight and raced away to easily beat Big Duke ($4.40) and Our Libretto ($7.50).
BETS: Vow And Declare $1,500 @ $3.40, $2,000 @ $3.20, $1,200 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3 TWICE
RACE EIGHT – SKY RACING TATTERSALL’S TIARA (1400 metres)
Invincibella always has support whenever it goes around and it was no different in today’s Group One feature.
The Chris Waller runner was $11-$10 on the day and one of the more popular runners in terms of money held, however, the top honour in that regard when to Pohutukawa with the Godolphin runner held 33 percent of the market.
Jason Collett had to get everything out of the daughter of I Am Invincible which appeared as though it would be playing for minor money midway down the straight. Under Collet’s urgings, she fought on doggedly to propel the James Cummings duo of Pohutukawa ($6-$4.80) and Savatiano ($5-$7-$4.20) which was heavily tried late.
BETS: Invincibella $500 e/w @ $11/$3.70, $500 e/w @ $10/$3.40
BETS: Savatiano $4,000 @ $6, $8,000 @ $4.80, $3,000 @ $4.20, $2,500 @ $4.20
Funstar was a popular result for punters in the ATC Heritage Volunteers Handicap (1200 metres).
The Chris Waller runner was a surprising drifter in the final stages of betting though, despite holding well over half the total investment. That was because there was a strong move for Leviathan ($4.40-$3.75).
Jay Ford had the $1.95 favourite, which did touch $2 briefly, just off the leaders and found a gap in the straight to power through and beat Leviathan in a thrilling finish. Switched ($4.80) filled the minor end of the prize. The quinella pairing held nearly 80 percent of the market between them.
BETS: Funstar $2,000 @ $2, $2,000 @ $1.85, $2,000 @ $1.65
Gumshoe had its fair share of support in the TAB Highway Handicap (1200 metres) but was still a drifter in betting.
Opening the day as a $5.50 chance, Gumshoe got to $7 at the start of the race due to the big support for Irish Songs ($3.40-$4.20), I Am Capitan ($9-$8) and Revitup Rednut ($6.50). Outside of those runners though it was Gumshoe being the best supported.
Jenny Duggan drove hard on the gelding late to give trainer Marc Quinn the victory over I Am Capitan and Fashion Tip ($18).
Primitivo finished best to defy a betting drift and take out the Schweppes Handicap (2000 metres).
The John Thompson runner opened the day as a $5 chance but got out to $6 at the jump despite attracting some good money.
He went on to beat Wu Gok ($7.50) and Bobby Dee ($11). Ilwendo was the most popular runner in terms of money held while there was strong backing for Wu Gok and also Belfast Bella ($8)
BETS: Primitivo $500 e/w @ $6/$2.30, $500 e/w @ $5.50/$2.10
BETS: Belfast Bella $5,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Ilwendo $2,000 @ $6
Sesar was a noted firmer in the Moet & Chandon Imperial Winter Dash (1200 metres) with the money being spot on.
At 9am this morning Sesar was $4.60 and by the time the race rolled around, $3.60 was on offer. The Team Hawkes runner was the best backed runner in the race, holding nearly 30 percent of the market.
Christian Reith timed his run perfectly on the son of Sebring as he powered home from near last to beat Boss Lane ($14-$19), which snuck home along the rails, with the early leader Jungle Edge ($4-$4.80) holding third.
While Sesar held the most, Almanzora ($5.50) was second best supported in front of Jungle Edge and Passage Of Time ($4).
BETS: Sesar $1,000 @ $3.60 TWICE
BETS: Passage Of Time $1,500 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4
The in-form Anthony Cummings stable nailed another Saturday winner with No Doubt doing the honours this time in the Hyland EOFY Sale Handicap (1400 metres).
Holding some good eachway money, No Doubt jumped a $9 chance and powered over the top of the favourite Charretera ($3.10) to give Mitchell Bell a rare metro win. Conarchie ($19) battled on well for third after being wide throughout.
Pelethronius ($8.50-$5.50) had been a notable firmer throughout the day and finished on the heels of the placegetters. He held the most money in the race outside the fav.
BETS: No Doubt $3,000 @ $8
BETS: Charretera $3,000 @ $2.90
BETS: Conarchie $2,000 @ $16
Notation was too tough for her rivals in the Moet & Chandon Grand Day Celebration Handicap (1200 metres).
A new entrant to the Matty Dale yard, Notation ($5-$6) did have admirers but held a fraction of what race favourite Terminology and Cath’s Village did.
Sitting outside the fav for the majority of the trip, Robbie Dolan kept working on her as she forged her way to the front at the 300m mark and then had to hold off Connemara in a bob of the heads.
Miss Exfactor ($6-$4.80), which attracted good money late, held third after sitting three-wide the trip.
While the third placegetter was popular late, the same could be said for Connemara which went $7.50-$5 and nearly landed a nice betting move.
Miss Terminology got the wobbles in betting and blew from $2.40 in the morning out to $3.20.
BETS: Notation $1,250 @ $5.50
BETS: Connemara $1,000 @ $6, $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Terminology $5,000 @ $3.20
Notable nibbles all afternoon for Commander paid dividends in the seventh event on the card – the Moet And Chandon Grand Vintage Mile (1600 metres).
The John Thompson runner was $19 in the morning but thanks to some handy eachway investments, was in to $10 at the jump. Rated a treat by Jackson Morris outside the leader Toryjoy ($6.50-$4.40), the son of Pierro was too strong over the concluding stages. Monsieur Sisu ($4.60-$7.50), which tracked the two leaders, plodded home in third after being soft in the market.
The big disappointment in the race was the heavily tried Sweet Victory ($4-$4.20-$3.80) which was trapped three-wide the trip and was entitled to get tired. It was responsible for 30 percent of the money in the race.
BETS: Commander $1,800 @ $11
BETS: Sweet Victory $5,000 @ $4, $2,500 @ $4
Southern Lad repaid his followers with a determined win in the Moet & Chandon Rose Sprint (1200 metres).
The John O’Shea-trained runner always seems to have support whenever it goes around and after finishing in the placings at his past three starts, cracked it for a win here.
Going $4.80 to $4.40, Southern Lad was the second most popular runner with Jack’s Bar holding slightly more. Robbie Dolan was blocked for a clear run in the straight and by the time he found space, roughie Epic Dan ($34) had bolted clear. Southern Lad pegged him back in the shadows of the post, giving Dolan a winning double on the day. Skyray ($23) flashed home to grab third.
There wasn’t much between the winner and Jack’s Bar at the start of the day but late money saw Jack’s Bar go around $3.30 clear top pick. Of the others, Noble Joey ($9.50-$7) had admirers throughout the day.
BETS: Southern Lad $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 e/w @ $4.40/$1.80
Spiritual Pursuit gave favourite backers the perfect end to the day with an impressive win in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1000 metres).
The Jason Coyle-trained runner held over 50 percent of the money and was more than 2.5 times as popular as the second pick, November Man ($8.50-$6). Ridden a patient race by Kathy O’Hara, Spiritual Pursuit stalked the leaders and then stuck to the rails on straightening, booting clear for an easy win over Invictus Salute and Deity which both came out wider on the track.
BETS: Spiritual Pursuit $2,400 @ $2.40, $1,500 x $900 e/w @ $2.40/$1.35, $2,000 @ $2.10
Rubisaki gave punters a good start to the day when it landed the cash in the Gippsland Region Handicap (1400 metres).
The Patty Payne runner was twice as popular as anything else in the race and had backing from Wednesday, when TAB offered up as much as $8.
Jye McNeil did the right thing by its backers in getting Rubisaki home over The Astrologist ($7.50) and Hi Stranger ($34).
BETS: Rubisaki $1,200 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.20
Milwaukee was a horror result for TAB in the Grampians Region Handicap (1100 metres).
The Mike Moroney-trained runner was responsible for approximately 33 percent of the total investment and was three times as popular as anything else.
In a driving finish, Michael Poy had to get the best out of the son of Fastnet Rock to beat I’m Telling Ya ($19-$26) and Holy Blade ($12-$14).
BETS: Milwaukee $1,000 @ $4.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $4
Damien Oliver was the punters’ pal in this race after throwing everything at Chouxting The Mob to salute.
Oliver was riding the dominant $2 favourite in the Great Ocean Road Handicap (2520 metres) and after sitting fifth in the run, peeled him out at the top of the straight to chase down the leaders. The Simon Morrish runner seemed to be labouring halfway up the straight but Oliver got the best out of Chouxting The Mob to overhaul rank outsider Flow Meter ($61) in the shadows of the post. Last Week ($3.40) was close up in third in front of the leader Inverloch ($12-$21-$19).
Chouxting The Mob was one of the best backed runners across the country and was responsible for 71 percent of the market in this race.
BETS: Chouxting The Mob $21,500 @ $2, $10,000 @ $2
Laure Me In proved to be a costly proposition in the Country Achiever Austy Coffey Handicap (1200 metres).
Backed from $5 earlier in the week, it bottomed out at $3.50 today before going around as a very popular $3.90 favourite. Such was the money riding on the Tony McEvoy runner that it was responsible for 50 percent of the market.
In the end it was left to Groundbreak, the subject of a late betting move, to get the cash with a gun ride from Dwayne Dunn. The Team Hawkes runner had good support in the final 10 minutes of betting and firmed from $16-$12 as a result.
Moor Wanted ($19) led and gave a great sight in finishing second while Galaxy Raider ($11) flashed home for third.
BETS: Laure Me In $2,000 @ $3.90, $2,000 @ $3.80, $2,000 @ $3.50
It was an upset result in the David Bourke Provincial Plate (1600 metres) with the heavily backed favourite failing to run a drum.
Five Kingdom had been the first horse backed when markets opened on Wednesday and firmed $3.70-$2.70 over the course of four days. He was four times as popular as anything else but couldn’t get into the race which was dominated by the frontrunners.
Our Bottino ($41) led and ran them along with Come On Carl ($34) stalking him and it was apparent midway down the straight that the two roughies would fight it out. In the end, Jye McNeil registered a double with Come On Carl getting over the top of Our Bottino with Curragh ($7.50) winding up third.
Of the others, Tan Tat Trusting ($6.50-$4.80) had been the best tried to knock off the fav. Five Kingdom held over half the total investment.
Gytrash ran right up to the confidence in the marketplace to race away an impressive victory of the A.R Creswick Stakes (1200 metres).
Rated a treat by Craig Williams, Gytrash ($5-$4-$3.50) nearly started favourite, such was the amount of support that came for the son of Lope De Vega throughout the afternoon.
Golden Halo ($7.50) attracted some good money and finished second while the fav Bam’s On Fire ($3.20-$3.60) ran on for third.
Bam’s On Fire went around with nearly twice as much money as the winner.
BETS: Gytrash $1,200 @ $5, $1,450 @ $4.20, $1,500 @ $3.50 TWICE
Sure Knee landed some big bets in the Macedon and Goldfields Handicap (1600 metres).
Chris Waller’s stable rep was by far and away the most popular runner, even before Heavenly Emperor’s withdrawal at the barriers.
Craig Williams produced the mare four-wide on the bend and she did the rest, powering away down the straight to a dominant victory over Mr Exclusive and Jenkins.
BETS: Sure Knee $10,000 @ $2.50, $8,000 @ $2.50
Romancer saved TAB from a potentially massive payout on the favourite Blazejowski in the Brian Beattie Handicap (1400 metres).
The Grahame Begg runner wasn’t totally friendless, having firmed up to $26 after being as much as $34 at one stage in the betting. Lachie King cut the corner on Romancer and booted clear, only for Blazejowski ($5) to fly home late and make it interesting in a photo.
Reykjavik ($5.50) filled third in front of Crown Fontein. It was a great betting affair with many of the horses attracting decent bets as punters were looking to for a big result to round out the day. Some of those horses included Villermont, Holbien and Bad Wolf among others.
BETS: Villermont $3,000 e/w @ $9/$3.10
BETS: Blazejowski $1,600 x $1,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2.10, $2,000 @ $5