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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One astute TAB customer in NSW is celebrating tonight after landing half the Quaddie dividend at Rosehill this afternoon.
Spending just $40.50, they snagged 50 percent of the monster Quaddie which paid just under $54,000 thanks largely to the final leg winner in Catesby ($77.10 Win).
They picked up a cool $26,978.40 for their efforts!
BET DETAILS (NSW TAB)
1st leg: 3,5,8
2nd leg: 3,6,11
3rd leg: 4,6,8
4th leg: 1,4,5
1st leg: Ligulate $14.50
2nd leg: Seaway $8.40
3rd leg: Bon Amis $3.50
4th leg: Catesby $77.10
The most popular horse got the money in the opening event of the day – the ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation (1200 metres).
Lucicello ($3.30-$3.60) carried 46 percent of the total investment and came from last on the turn to score for Chris Waller and Tommy Berry. Not Feint Hearted ($7.50-$10) and Belitsa ($7.50-$5.50) filled the minors in front of Satin Socks ($5.50-$7.50).
BETS: Lucicello $3,000 @ $3.50
Pat’s Nipper was the most popular runner heading into the TAB Highway Class 3 Plate (1500 metres).
The Cody Morgan-trained runner did drift in betting though, going from $3.70 in the morning out to $5.50 at the jump as support came for several others.
Show Me The Honey ($16-$7) was a significant firmer while Onemore Sapphire ($7.50) had admirers as did Assault’n’bathory ($6) and Scarlet Missile ($12-$7-$8).
Pat’s Nipper, ridden by Hugh Bowman, beat Black Wand ($16) and Scarlet Missile in a terrific finish.
BETS: Pat’s Nipper $1,000 @ $5.50
The heavily backed Connemara found one too good on the day in the Refinitiv Handicap (1200 metres).
TAB customers came thick and fast for the Bjorn Baker runner which commanded 44 percent of the total investment and was more than twice as popular as anything else.
In the end it was Stella Sea Sun ($3.90-$4) which proved a shade too good at the end for Brenton Avdulla and Kris Lees. Moccasin Miss ($9), which led, battled on for third.
BETS: Stella Sea Sun $5,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4 TWICE
BETS: Connemara $10,000 @ $2.90, $5,000 @ $2.80
Constant specking throughout the day suggested that Foxy Housewife would be competitive in the Pro It Handicap (1350 metres).
The Joe Pride-trained runner was $11-$8.50 and attracted some decent bets throughout the day and the former Queensland-based mare ran right up to that backing.
Flashing home under Rachel King, Foxy Housewife overwhelmed Fortensky ($5-$7.50) which hit the front midway down the running. Gresham ($3.80-$4.60) held third after leading.
Of the others, River Bird was a big drifter going $2.30-$3.10 and Mapmaker firmed late ($11-$7.50).
BETS: Foxy Housewife $3,000 @ $10
BETS: River Bird $10,000 @ $3
Our Candidate was ultra impressive in winning the Robb Report Handicap (2400 metres).
The Kris Lees runner was one of the first horses backed when markets opened on Wednesday, with the $8 on offer quickly being snapped up.
Opening today at $4.40, the entire got back out to $5 at the jump and was the second best supported runner in terms of money held behind Ilwendo.
Sticking to the inside when everyone else went wider in the straight, Avdulla shot Our Candidate through and the four-year-old did the rest, powering right away to beat Ilwendo ($2.30-$3.60), a noted drifter, and High Power ($16).
Of the others, Kellstorm ($41-$15-$18), Makdanife ($8) and Jake’s Hill ($12-$6) all came in for backing throughout the day.
BETS: Our Candidate $1,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2, $1,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80
BETS: Ilwendo $10,000 @ $3.50, $2,450 @ $3.40
Punters preferred to shop around the two favourites late in betting for the running of the Next Telecom Handicap (1400 metres).
Front Sight went from $2.40 to $2.80 while Wimlah was $4.40-$5.50 with good money around to suggest Blazing ($11-$9.50) could run a race as well as Seles ($12), Ligulate ($11-$15) and Dame Kiri ($23).
Although they were drifters, Front Sight was still the dominant pick with 42 percent while Wimlah was clearly next best although holding a third of what the fav did.
Ligulate was bolting on the home turn and when Sam Clenton got the Domesday gelding into the clear, he sprinted sharply to overhaul Blazing and My Demetra which raced in the lead throughout.
BETS: Front Sight $3,000 @ $3.10
BETS: Blazing $2,000 e/w @ $9.50/$2.90
BETS: Wimlah $1,200 @ $4.60
Seaway took all honours in the Maldives Travel Winter Challenge (1500 metres) after doing it tough outside the leader.
With Cradle Mountain leading, Seaway ($6.50-$7.50) was stuck doing all the work but the Chris Waller runner, which hit $8 at one stage in betting, proved too strong at the finish.
Goodfella ($14) was popular again for eachway backers and wound up second while the heavily tried Eckstein ($4.60-$3.20), having her final race start, was close up in third.
The late push for Eckstein was one of the best moves on the day, with her price going from $4-$3.20 in a matter of minutes. She held more than four times the amount of money than the next best backed runner which happened to be the winner.
BETS: Seaway $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Eckstein $2,000 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,500 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4 TWICE, $1,000 @ $3.70, $4,000 @ $3.40, $1,000 @ $3.20
Bon Amis was the popular choice in the Precise Air Handicap (1100 metres).
The Jason Deamer gelding went around with 43 percent of the market and held more than the second, third and fourth picks in betting combined.
Sitting outside the leader and firmer Goldfinch ($16-$9), Bon Amis hit the front midway down the straight with Hugh Bowman rating him perfectly to score easily in the end. Goldfinch battled on for second with Taniko ($6.50) flashing home from last to grab third.
You Make Me Smile was sensationally backed into equal favouritism in the end. Starting the day as a $4.80 chance, he started $3.30 and attracted good money late.
BETS: Bon Amis $1,400 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $3,000 @ $3.10, $2,000 @ $2.80
BETS: You Make Me Smile $1,540 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30 MULTIPLE TIMES
Catesby blew most people out of the Quaddie in the final event at Rosehill – the Pacific Boating Handicap (1100 metres).
The Grant Allard-trained runner had little support and jumped as one of the rank outsiders of the field at $61.
Rated perfectly by Samantha Clenton, Catesby held off all challengers at huge odds to beat Deity ($8.50) and Prime Candidate ($15) in a tight finish.
The big firmer in Rare Episode wound up fourth after being backed from $6.50 into $3.50 second pick.
Greyworm ($3-$3.30) held the most money and commanded three times as much as any other runner.
BETS: Greyworm $3,000 @ $3.30
Favourite backers were sent packing in the Steph Hunter VOBIS Gold Ingot (1400 metres).
The heavily tried Can’t Be Done ($2.25-$2.50) and Spirit Medium ($3.70-$4.80) were out of the money with the pair accounting for 66 percent of the total investment.
It was left to Parmie, which hovered around the $11-$12 mark for most of the day, to come from the rear and get the cash under the guidance of Dean Yendall.
Igniting ($11) hit the line well to finish a close second while Noble Fight ($18) rounded out the trifecta.
BETS: Parmie $500 @ $12
BETS: Spirit Medium $2,344 @ $4.40
BETS: Can’t Be Done $1,500 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
Miss Iano defied a slight betting drift to take out the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100 metres) in fine style.
The Mark Webb runner was $3.70 in the morning but by the time the race rolled around, TAB was offering $4.80. Ridden a treat by Craig Williams, she produced a big finishing burst to beat Jorda ($10), which sat behind the leaders, and Miss Norway ($2.90-$3.40).
The disappointment in the race was I Am Queen ($3.30) which went around as slight favourite over Miss Norway and was the second most popular runner in the event.
BETS: Miss Iano $6,000 @ $4
BETS: Miss Norway $5,000 @ $3.40
BETS: I Am Queen $1,000 @ $3.90 TWICE, $2,000 @ $3.30
In a very open betting affair, Ballet Master held the most money and landed some nice bets in the third event on the card.
Ridden by Damien Oliver, Ballet Master ($3.70-$4) attracted good support throughout the day and finished best to beat Royal Ace ($12-$15) and Satori ($5).
Outside the winner, Royal Order ($6) held the most while Campobasso ($7-$4.80) was a notable firmer.
BETS: Ballet Master $2,000 @ $4
BETS: Campobasso $5,000 @ $4.80
All the big money was with Sopressa in the Danny Barrett VOBIS Gold Stayers (2400 metres).
The Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace runner commanded 62 percent of the total investment and was backed from $2.50 in the morning into $2.30 favourite.
Fanciful Toff, which began the day as equal top pick at $2.50, got out to $2.80 with Sasko ($3.20-$3.90) being the only other runner in serious contention.
Sopressa sat outside Sasko and Mark Zahra got the best out of the So You Think mare, relegating the leader and Fanciful Toff to the minors.
BETS: Sopressa $10,000 @ $2.40, $10,000 @ $2.30
Punters had it down to a race in two for the running of the fifth event on the card over 2400 metres.
Tavirun ($2.70-$3.40) and Ripcord ($4.60-$3.30) were the dominant pairing in the race and were responsible for 62 percent of the market.
Settling fourth in the run for Teo Nugent, the gelding was produced three-wide on the turn and hit the front on straightening, powering away to beat Not A Single Cent ($7.50) and Wealthy Wolf ($9).
Ripcord, which held approximately 40 percent more money than the winner, was never in the hunt.
BETS: Tavirun $7,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Ripcord $3,000 @ $3.40, $5,999 @ $3.30, $4,500 @ $3.30
Benitoite defied the drift to land the money in the Jenna Ross VOBIS Gold Reef (1600 metres).
The talented filly out of the Clint McDonald stable opened the day as a $3.80 favourite, however, got to $4.80 at the jump and barely held favouritism from Taksu ($7-$5).
Fighting out the finish, Taksu led until the final few strides but couldn’t hold off Benitoite with Collectable ($7.50-$10) third.
The very late push for Algadon Miss paid off in the Long Fine Plate (1200 metres).
Algadon Miss was a noted firmer in the final few minutes of betting, going $15-$11 in a matter of minutes.
Sweeping home after coming five and six-wide on the turn, Algadon Miss got her nose down right on the line to beat Tell Me ($8.50) and Calzini ($9).
Although Algadon Miss landed some handy wagers late, most of the money was with Street Icon ($3.70-$4-$3.50) which went around with double the amount of money than Pickup The Pieces ($4.80) which was closest to her in betting.
BETS: Street Icon $5,000 @ $3.50
Scales Of Justice scored at juicy figures in The Big Screen Company Bletchingly Stakes (1200 metres).
Sitting just off the speed which was set by Jungle Edge ($5-$4), Dean Yendall then came three-wide approaching the home bend. Sprinting sharply on straightening, Scales Of Justice ($8-$12) overhauled Jungle Edge in the final stages to score impressively.
Cliff’s Edge came in for good backing late ($8-$5.50) but had his chance after trailing Jungle Edge. He managed to fill the minor end of the prize.
The big disappointment here was the drifting favourite Sesar ($1.90-$2.15) which went around as one of the best supported horses across the country. It was responsible for over half the total investment and held more than five times what the winner did.
BETS: Scales Of Justice $500 @ $12, $1,000 @ $9.50
BETS: Sesar $14,726 @ $2.10
Tshahitsi gave his rivals something to catch in the Catanach’s Jeweller’s Handicap (1400 metres).
Rated perfectly by Teo Nugent, Tshahitsi ($4.40) landed some good bets after being the most popular horse. The Chris Crook & Imogen Miller runner was jumped second pick in the market behind Romancer ($3.90-$2.90), which was the subject of several big bets late.
Travimyfriend, runner-up at the finish, had its share of admirers and jumped $4.60 while Snitzepeg ($10) filled third in front of Romancer.
BETS: Tshahitsi $1,000 @ $4.80, $1,500 @ $4.60, $10,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40 TWICE, $1,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Romancer $1,200 @ $3.50, $1,200 @ $3.40, $1,500 @ $3.10, $3,000 @ $2.90, $1,500 @ $2.90