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It was an upset in the TAB Highway Class 2 Handicap (1400 metres) with Dulette getting the money for Wayne Wilkes and Sam Weatherley.
Opening at $26 on Wednesday, Dulette attracted only light money as the market was completely dominated by Mr Wong ($2.50-$3.20) which did get out late but was $4.60 earlier in the week.
Mr Wong was responsible for approximately 70 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Dulette $300 x $200 e/w @ $26/$7 (taken earlier in the week)
He Ekscels scored the upset in the Kensei Handicap (2000 metres).
The Richard Laming runner drifted from $11-$19 and didn’t have a great deal of admirers, with most of the money in this race with So You Win ($1.60-$1.90) holding well over half the total investment while White Boots ($4.20-$4.40) was best tried to beat it.
In a driving finish, Jenny Duggan threw everything at He Ekscels as gelding fought back to beat So You Win, with White Boots grabbing third.
Of the others, Articus shortened from $7-$6 since the morning.
BETS: So You Win $2,000 @ $1.90 TWICE, $4,000 @ $1.75
BETS: Articus $2,000 @ $6
Call Me Royal led throughout to take out the Winter Racing Handicap (1400 metres).
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott runner was steady at around the $6-$6.50 mark for most of the afternoon but in the morning had firmed into $4.60.
Sam Weatherley dictated terms to perfection and booted clear in the straight, holding off the finish race favourite Phaistos ($4.20-$3.30-$3.50) which came from near last. Monegal ($19) ran a great race at big odds for third.
While Phaistos was the most popular elect, Think Free ($5) held nearly as much and between them they were responsible for 70 percent of the market. Of the others, Above And Beyond ($9-$7.50) was a noted firmer as was Handspun ($15-$9).
BETS: Call Me Royal $1,000 @ $5
Toryjoy dominated from start to finish in the Hyland EOFY Sale Handicap (1800 metres).
The Chris Waller runner has been well backed at its last few starts and today was no different. Weight of money saw the mare firm from $4.20 in the morning to start $3.90 clear second pick behind Itz Lily.
Kathy O’Hara rated the four-year-old to perfection out in front, racing clear over the concluding stages to beat Waking Moment ($11-$8.50) which came from a midfield position and was tried at eachway odds. Itz Lily ($2.70-$2.40-$2.70) battled after a good run and filled the minor end of the prize.
Itz Lily was nearly four times as popular as Toryjoy.
BETS: Toryjoy $1,000 @ $4, $1,240 @ $3.80
BETS: Itz Lily $2,000 @ $2.70, $3,000 @ $2.50
Azuro had good backing throughout the day to win the Stayer’s Cup (3200 metres) and landed some good bets as a result.
While the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace runner was hovering around the $5 mark for most of the day, he wasn’t alone in having support with good backing for Destiny’s Kiss, High Bridge, Doukhan, Kellstorm and Terwillker all having admirers. In fact, this was by far and away the most competitive betting race on the card.
Glyn Schofield took off from his midfield position at the 700 metre mark and proceeded to reel in the runaway leader Social Element. Grabbing the lead midway down the straight, Schofield kept the gelding going to hold off Doukhan ($8), which was as much as $15 earlier in the week, and High Bridge ($5-$7).
Kellstorm was a significant firmer going $18-$6.50 on the day.
BETS: Azuro $500 e/w @ $5/$2
BETS: Destiny’s Kiss $1,000 @ $11
It was the two big firmers which dominated the finish in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1200 metres).
River Bird had opened the day as a $5.50 chance while Traumatised was $19. By the time the race rolled around, River Bird was crunched into $2.90 favouritism and Traumatised was into single figures at $9.50.
The pair came with sweeping runs down the outside of the track but it was River Bird, under Jenny Duggan, which got the result in a great finish, giving her a double on the day. Drachenfels ($8.50-$5.50-$6.50), $15 on Wednesday, had good eachway backing and ran on to fill third.
River Bird and Drachenfels were the most popular runners and held nearly twice as much as any other runner. Bring It Home Pop ($10), which led, was next best supported and ran fourth.
Oxford Tycoon, the $3.70 favourite in the morning, blew out to $6.
BETS: River Bird $1,200 @ $3.70, $2,000 @ $3.40, $1,500 e/w @ $3.10/$1.45, $1,000 @ $2.90 TWICE
New Universe was the most notable firmer in the Civic Stakes (1350 metres) but let his backers down again.
The gelding was backed from $9 in the morning and $11 late Friday into $4 favourite – one of the most sensational betting moves seen for quite a while.
New Universe dropped back towards the rear of the field and ran on powerfully but simply gave away too big a start.
Gaulois ($5-$8), a drifter thanks to the support for New Universe, got the money with Rachel King on board over Firsthand ($5.50-$8.50) which did the work outside the leader Deploy. New Tipperary ($21) hit the line well at double figure odds in front of Niccis Gold ($5.50).
Deploy ($6) and Niccis Gold were the two most popular runners with New Universe a clear third.
BETS: Gaulois $1,000 @ $7.50, $1,000 @ $47
BETS: Deploy $1,000 @ $6 TWICE
BETS: New Universe $1,000 @ $4.40, $1,471 @ $4.20
Top Striker was a blowout result in the Everest Carnival Hospitality Handicap (1100 metres).
The Greg Hickman runner saluted at $41 on TAB Fixed Odds, however, the win wasn’t totally unexpected as the gelding was $61 just 10 minutes prior to the jump.
Flying home down the outside of the track after missing the start, Top Striker thundered home under Sam Weatherley to give the jock a double on the day.
Goldfinch ($18) was second and ran a cheeky race while Heart Conquered ($5) was three-wide the trip but hit the line nicely for third.
It was a terrible result for favourite backers with Bon Amis ($8 on Wednesday) going $3.40-$4.20 but still holding nearly half the total investment. Wagner, a big firmer late $5-$4.40, was best tried to beat it but between them they held 65 percent of the market.
Bon Amis had been well tried all week.
BETS: Top Striker $250 e/w @ $51/$9
BETS: Bon Amis $3,000 @ $3.80, $2,000 @ $3.40, $5,000 @ $3.30
BETS: Wagner $1,900 @ $4.60, $15,000 @ $1.80 PLACE
No Escape provided a rough end to the day for punters at Rosehill.
The Terry Croft-trained runner was backed from $21-$12 but despite the firm in betting, was overshadowed by several other runners who punters were loading up on.
Nicochet ($4.40) was clearly the most popular runner but there was also strong support for Gayatri ($4.80-$9.50), despite the drift, and Travancore ($7-$5-$4.80-$5.50).
James Innes Jnr had to throw everything at the Shellscrape gelding to run down the leader Fuel ($19-$9), which had very good backing at the eachway quote. Travancore flew home to grab the minor end of the prize
BETS: Travancore $10,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Nicochet $3,000 @ $4.40, $11,900 @ $1.85
Punters had the opening event at Caulfield down to a race in two and that is how it panned out over the 1200 metres.
King Of Hastings landed a nice move after going $3.20-$2.60 while Sizzlefly, despite holding more than twice as much money, went $2.15 out to $2.50 at the jump. They paired off with King Of Hastings getting the verdict.
Of the others, the Godolphin pair of Avon River ($7-$12) had some sort of support but nowhere near as much as the quinella pairing.
BETS: King Of Hastings $2,800 @ $3.30, $3,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Sizzlefly $4,000 @ $2.60, $2,180 @ $2.60, $9,500 @ $2.15
It was a huge upset in the second race at Caulfield with Tinkermosa getting the bob at $81 on TAB Fixed Odds.
The John Sargent-trained runner was the least popular runner in the race but arrived in time at massive odds to beat Heir To The Throne ($6.50) and Pria Eclipse ($14).
Five Kingdom ($3.10-$4.40) lost favouritism to Shrouded In Mist ($4.20-$3.80) which held the most money while Tavistock Dancer ($6) carried a fair bit of support.
BETS: Five Kingdom $2,000 @ $4.40
Luke Nolen stuck to the inside lane and it proved to be the way to go in race three on the card.
Smart Elissim ($10-$8) did trim up a bit during the day but wasn’t as well fancied as Fabric ($2.30-$2.70) which was five times as popular as anything else in the race.
The gelding shot through along the inside after the leader rolled off and powered away, beating Twilight Run ($6) and Fabric but the result was beyond doubt halfway down the running.
BETS: Smart Ellisim $600 @ $11, $500 e/w @ $8/$2.20
A late move in betting for Voila paid dividends in the MRC Membership Renewal Handicap (1100 metres)
The filly was $12-$9 on the day and despite being last approaching the home turn, Michael Walker produced her at the top of the straight and she finished off powerfully for one of the best wins of the day.
In what was one of the most competitive betting affairs on the day, Voila was the fourth most popular runner behind Sweet Jazz ($3.90-$4.80), News Girl ($5-$7) and Pariano ($5.50-$6.50). Of the rest, Calzini ($21-$10) halved its price from the morning.
Sweet Jazz and Calzini filled the minors.
BETS: Sweet Jazz $1,002 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.60
Highland Beat defied a big betting drift to take out the Clanbrook Racing Handicap (1200 metres).
Opening the day as a $3.70 favourite, Highland Beat blew out to $7 at the jump as support came for Bel Sonic ($4.20-$3.40 fav), Torpenhow ($3.70-$5) and Barthelona ($5).
Craig Williams rode a patient race on Highland Beat and issued his challenge at the top of the straight and just got over the top of Like To Think So ($7), with Sherriff John Stone ($21) rounding out the trifecta.
Tavirun was a notable firmer late and ran right up to the support in the MRC Handicap (2000 metres).
The Busuttin & Young runner was taken straight to the front by Nikita Beriman, which rated the gelding perfectly.
Backed from a high of $26 into $12, Tavirun booted clear on straightening and was ultra impressive in beating the popular Dogmatic ($3-$4) and Peace Brother ($13) which sat outside it throughout.
Dogmatic held nearly three times as much as anything else with Green Ivy ($7.50-$5.50) once again a firmer but letting his backers down.
BETS: Tavirun $900 @ $26, $500 x $1,000 e/w @ $12/$3.40
BETS: Dogmatic $2,500 @ $4
Favourite backers were sent packing when the well tried One More Try could only manage second in the seventh event on the card.
Craig Williams had the $2.25 favourite outside Masculino ($3.40) but was under pressure on straightening, battling on to finish second behind the leader.
Guizot ($4.40-$6) ran on fairly to grab third.
One More Try was responsible for just under half the total investment on the race.
The upsets continued with Miss Iano being specked late in the Whisky Wine & Fire Handicap (1200 metres).
Miss Iano was $26 in the morning and jumped as a $19 chance, with Brian Park timing his run perfectly on the mare to sweep home and take the surprise win.
All About Nicci ($41) provided a rough result for the quinella while Fragonard ($5) battled on well for third after being three and four-wide the trip.
Most of the money in this race sat with Fragonard, Eurack and Miss Norway.
BETS: Eurack $1,000 @ $6 TWICE
BETS: Freehearted $2,000 @ $10
Elite Drake ($3.30-$3.40-$2.80) was a heavily backed commodity in the last and landed some big bets.
The Alisa Hinch runner was crunched late and despite doing all the work outside the leader, fought on strongly under Theo Nugent to get the money.
Special Diva ($23) ran on solidly to finish second while Miss Mandito ($31) filled the minor end of the prize.
Street Sheik ($4.80) held the most money in the race despite the attention for Elite Drake.
BETS: Elite Drake $2,000 @ $2.90, $1,500 @ $2.90, $2,100 @ $2.80, $1,900 @ $2.80