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.
2YO MAGIC MILLIONS
Lady Banff $15-$9 (after winning r1 @ Doomben)
Euphoric Summer $15 (entered into market after winning MM 2YO Clockwise Classic @ Ballarat)
3YO MAGIC MILLIONS
Guntantes $26 (entered after winning r2 @ Doomben)
Hawker Hurricane $51-$26 (after winning MM3 &4YO Classic @ Ballarat)
Euphoric Summer $51-26 (after winning MM 2YO Clockwise Classic @ Ballarat)
Destination $26 (after winning r1 @ Kembla Grange)
Mrs Maisel $51
Found Our Thrill $101
The two most popular horses wound up one-two in the Marty Christie And Crammy i98 Breakfast Show (6am-9am) 2YO Handicap (1000 metres).
It wasn’t the best backed of the two which saluted though with Destination ($2.60-$2.90-$2.80) getting the money despite holding a third of what the favourite Mrs Maisel ($2.30) did.
Between the pair they accounted for 80 percent of the market.
BETS: Destination $1,000 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Mrs Maisel $10,000 @ $2.30
Money told the story in the TAB Highway Handicap (1600 metres) with Sneak Preview landing some good bets.
The Kody Nestor runner was as much as $5.50 on Wednesday when markets first opened, however, today he was a slight drifter from a rock bottom price of $4.20 to $4.80.
He held the most money over Two Wrongs Don’t ($7.50-$6.50), Belfast Bella ($9-$8.50), Moss The Boss ($12-$10) and Acquittal ($7-$8.50). Jungle Book ($21-$14) was specked late at a price.
BETS: Sneak Preview $2,500 @ $4.80
A nice move at eachway odds for Mr Reckless paid off in the Harrigan Motor Group Benchmark 78 Handicap (2000 metres).
The Chris Waller runner went $9.50 to $6.50 on the day and was the second most popular runner in terms of money held behind California Longbow ($3.80).
Jazzland ($3.70-$5) drifted as did Mangione ($7-$8).
BETS: Mr Reckless $2,000 e/w @ $6.50/$2.30
BETS: California Longbow $1,500 @ $3.80, $1,290 @ $3.80$1,000 @ $3.60, $1,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Mangione $3,000 @ $8
There was good support for Kylease right throughout the day in the Pages Event Hire F&M Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200 metres).
The four-year-old was $5 in the morning and got to as much as $6 which is when the big support arrived. She was then crunched into $4.80, putting her on the third line of betting behind Lucicello ($2.80) and Misteed ($4.40).
Lucicello was by far and away the most popular horse in the race, accounting for 45 percent of the market, and going around with nearly twice as much as Misteed.
BETS: Kylease $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Misteed $1,000 @ $4.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Lucicello $4,000 @ $2.80
Punters were left reeling after the running of the Abax Contracting Benchmark 88 Handicap (1600 metres).
Aqua D’Ivina ($9-$19) defied a big betting drift to get the money in a tight finish over Turnberry ($6-$8.50). The roughie All But Gone ($151) rattled home for third.
Cuban Royale was hammered throughout the day and went $11 into $3.80 favourite. Gresham ($5) went around with the most money.
BETS: Cuban Royale $1,000 @ $7.50, $3,000 @ $4.40, $4,000 @ $4
BETS: Gresham $1,800 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Testashadow $1,000 e/w @ $10/$2.90
Mister Sea Wolf was largely ignored by punters in The Gong (1600 metres).
Chris Waller’s eight-year-old, ridden by James McDonald, was $15 in the morning and blew out to $23 at the jump. Earlier in the week when the final field and barrier draw were announced, TAB had the gelding listed as an $8 chance.
Another Waller in Star Of The Seas caught the eye of TAB customers which went around as a $7 shot but as the most popular runner in front of Luvaluva ($5.50 eq fav). Military Zone ($7.50-$5.50 eq fav) was a notable firm throughout the day.
BETS: Mister Sea Wolf $675 @ $19
BETS: Military Zone $1,000 @ $8, $1,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Star Of The Seas $2,000 @ $7 TWICE, $1,500 @ $7, $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Luvaluva $3,000 @ $5.50, $1,500 @ $5.50
BETS: Quackerjack $1,000 @ $6.50
Followers of SKY Racing’s Lizzie Jelfs were celebrating after her pick of the yard, Ghostly, saluted at big odds in the Traffic Logistics BM78 Handicap (1000 metres).
Ghostly ($34-$51) had some specking at the big price but was overshadowed by his stablemate Broken Arrows ($5.50-$3.50 fav) which was backed into favouritism late on. The David Pfieffer pair finished one-two.
Seasons ($3.20-$4.80) held favouritism for most of the week but drifted today while there were nibbles for Tropezina ($16-$9) and Ori On Fire ($71-$16). Brazenpine ($6) was the other galloper that carried some decent money.
BETS: Broken Arrows $3,000 @ $4
BETS: Seasons $2,500 @ $4.20
BETS: Brazenpine $2,000 @ $5.50
Trumbull defied a late drift in betting to lead throughout in the Polytrack CG&E Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200 metres).
The gelding was the best supported runner in terms of money held but went $2.60-$3.10 in the final five minutes of betting.
Poetic Charmer ($6-$4.80-$5.50) had admirers as did Cinquedea ($8-$5.50).
BETS: Trumbull $1,000 @ $3, $1,579 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.60, $2,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Poetic Charmer $5,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Grimoire $1,500 x $1,000 e/w @ $16/$4
BETS: Cinquedea $1,000 @ $6, $2,000 @ $5.50
Napoleon Solo ($8.50-$11) was a slight drifter in betting but still carried a bit of support heading into the Party Central Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400 metres).
The Team Snowden runner didn’t have huge money riding on him but still landed some nice bets. Destiny’s Own ($4.80) was clearly the most popular with TAB customers and was responsible for 37 percent of the market.
Final Award ($5), Groundbreak ($9), Boomtown Rat ($11) and Super Star Bob ($13) all had admirers in what was a very open betting affair to finish things off at Kembla.
Tahitian Dancer was one of the more popular runners in The Haymarket Ballarat Mares BM78 (1200 metres).
Opening at $9.50 on Wednesday, today she was $6.50-$5.50 and held the second most money in the race with Persuader ($5.50 eq fav) only going around with more.
There were specks for River Jewel ($10) and Neurotic ($15-$9) while Gina’s Hope ($7.50-$5.50-$6.50) also had admirers.
BETS: Radical Candor $2,858 @ $11
Titan Blinders was a notable firmer in the Event Aid BM70 Handicap (1100 metres) in a race that was dominated by the odds-on favourite.
Bam’s On Fire went around as one of the most popular runners all day and jumped a $1.85 favourite. overall, the Maher & Eustace rep was responsible for 75 percent of the total investment.
Prince Of Caviar ($7-$8) held the most money outside the favourite.
BETS: Bams On Fire $20,000 @ $1.85, $2,500 @ $1.85, $2,000 @ $1.85 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $1.85 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Turn The Tide $3,000 @ $2.20 PLACE
Creedence was the best backed runner to beat Defibrillate with the pair finishing one-two in the Global Turf BM78 Handicap (2600 metres).
Craig Williams got the Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig runner over the line narrowly to beat the heavily tried Defibrillate ($2.80-$3.40 fav), which held nearly twice as much money as the winner.
Of the others there was specking at eachway odds for El Don ($13-$9.50) and San Remo ($13-$10.
BETS: Creedence $1,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.20, $20,000 @ $1.80 PLACE
BETS: Defibrillate $4,000 @ $3.20, $2,500 @ $3.10 TWICE, $2,000 @ $3.10
BETS: San Remo $1,000 @ $11, $1,000 e/w @ $10/$3
Euphoric Summer defied a slight betting drift to nail it in the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic (1000 metres).
The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained runner was $4.20 in the morning but got out to $5.50 at the jump, with the drift in price attributed to the big money for the fav Rathlin ($3-$2.90).
Soul Obsession ($5.50-$4) was a nice firm late while Pounce ($9.50-$7) was best of the others.
BETS: Euphoric Summer $1,500 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Rathlin $5,000 @ $2.90, $4,560 @ $2.90, $5,000 @ $2.80
Most of the money was on the two favourites in the Magnum Equine VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400 metres).
Nearly 75 percent of the total investment rested with Can’t Be Done ($2.30-$2.70) and Zorros Dream ($3.50-$2.40 fav) with the latter being crunched into favouritism shortly before the jump.
Tycoon Bella ($13-$23) didn’t attracted much interest and only had light specking for Cindy Alderson and Luke Currie.
BETS: Can’t Be Done $5,000 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70, $3,500 @ $2.60
BETS: Zorros Dream $15,000 @ $2.40, $9,000 @ $2.40
Kaplumpich was a slight firmer in a race dominated by the top two in the market.
The Kevin Corstens-trained runner was $9.50 this morning and jumped an $8.50 shot for the Suez McKellar Mile (1600 metres), being one of the few that trimmed up in betting.
Most of the attention was focused on O’Tauto ($2.80-$2.40 fav) which was backed into favouritism late while the long-time fav Bumper Blast (2.70-$3) went around as second pick.
BETS: O’Tauto $6,000 @ $2.50, $20,000 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.40, $1,800 @ $2.40, $1,500 @ $2.40 TWICE
BETS: Bumper Blast $5,000 @ $3
In a wide open betting affair, Yulong January had his share of admirers in the Goldenvue Estate BM84 Handicap (1400 metres).
Hovering around the $9.50-$10 mark throughout the day, Yulong January carried a decent amount of support but it was only a quarter of what the favourite Debt Collector ($4) held.
Over Exposure ($6.50-$6) and Adversary ($12-$8-$10) carried good money also.
Kiwia didn’t really move much in betting for the Ballarat Cup (2000 metres).
The Cup winner from last season was pretty solid for most of the day and hovered around the $15-$17 mark for most of it. Archie Alexander’s stable rep had some backing but was overshadowed by several others in the market including the favourite Dr Drill ($2.80) which held 10 times more money.
Fifty Stars ($4.80-$5.50) was a drifter while Suzuka Devious ($13-$10-$11) and Double You Tee ($9-$8) had backing as did Hang Man ($11) and Carzoff ($26).
BETS: Kiwia $500 @ $17, $500 @ $16 TWICE
BETS: Double You Tee $5,000 @ $8.50
BETS: Dr Drill $3,000 @ $2.80, $7,000 @ $2.70, $3,000 @ $2.70, $5,000 @ $2.60, $3,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Another Dollar $1,800 @ $21
BETS: Suzuka Devious $1,000 x $1,500 e/w @ $10/$3.10
One customer’s late hit on Hawker Hurricane paid dividends in the Magic Millions 3&4YO Classic (1100 metres).
Just before the jump, TAB took a bet of $2,000 e/w on the Michael Moroney runner which saw the customer collect a very nice $31,600 after the gelding saluted for Jordan Childs.
Li’ Kontra ($2.70-$2.30) was a popular favourite while King Of Hastings ($4.80-$3.70) firmed throughout the afternoon.
Li’l Kontra held the most in front of King of Hastings with Ef Troop ($5) the next best in that regard.
BETS: Hawker Hurricane $2,000 e/w @ $13/$2.80
BETS: King Of Hastings $1,000 @ $3.70 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Li’l Kontra $1,765 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.30 TWICE
William Thomas ($7.50) was pretty solid in betting for the running of the Hertz Ballarat Tonks Plate (1200 metres).
While attracting some good money at the eachway quote, most of the money was riding on Esperance ($3.70-$3.40-$4.60), which got the blows very late, Milwaukee ($10) and Holbien ($12-$8.50).
BETS: Great Again $5,000 @ $9.50
BETS: Esperance $1,500 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Milwaukee $2,000 e/w @ $11/$3.40