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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Mandela fans finally got a collect when the talented colt took out the 2019 Owners Awards Handicap (1200 metres).
The Team Snowden runner had been favourite on Wednesday when markets opened at $2.60, however, got out to $3.10 at the jump.
Settling at the back of the field jockey Tim Clark produced the son of Sebring on straightening, with the pair sprinting sharply to gun down Edison ($4) and Art Collection ($3.30-$4.80) with the latter blowing dramatically late on.
Mandela had been heavily supported at his first two starts and been beaten both times. Today, he accounted for 38 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Mandela $3,000 @ $3.10, $2,200 @ $3.10, $2,000 @ $3.10
Favourite backers were sent packing as the hot pot True Detective was nosed out of the finish of the NSW Trainers Association Handicap (1200 metres) by Misteed.
The Chris Waller runner was $1.90-$1.60 today and held a whopping 78 percent of the total investment. Missing the start slightly was costly as Tommy Berry threw everything at the son of Shamus Award but just missed as Misteed ($8-$9) enjoyed the far better run and was able to sprint sufficiently through a gap midway down the straight.
Lifetime Quest, which led, was close up in third and was an $8 chance.
BETS: Misteed $1,000 @ $8.50, $500 @ $8.50
BETS: True Detective $31,600 @ $1.70, $20,000 @ $1.65
La Chica Bella led throughout in the NSW Racehorse Owners Association (1600 metres) as a $5.50 chance on TAB Fixed Odds.
Rated to perfection out in front by Rachel King, the pair booted clear at the top of the straight and held off the popular Gresham ($2.60-$3.60) which had every chance tracking the leader. In fact, Our Winnie ($8.50) powered home to beat Gresham for second spot.
Pelethronius went around as the popular elect with TAB customers. He was $3.30 second pick in the morning but jumped $3.40 fav and held nearly half the market.
BETS: Pelethronius $2,000 @ $3.40, $3,000 @ $3.30
BETS: Salsonic $4,000 @ $4.80, $2,000 @ $4.80
Caccini landed a handy betting move when leading throughout in the Racing NSW Trainers Highway (1200 metres).
James Innes Jnr rated the mare perfectly as he kicked strongly on straightening to hold off the Terry Robinson pair of Lady Demi ($21) and Zardoro ($9.50).
Caccini opened the day at $14 but got to as much as $23 before a late rally saw it start at $18.
In what was arguably the most open betting affair of the day, Acquittal ($6) was the most popular runner in front of I Am Capitan ($7.50), Zardoro, Velvet Aeroplane ($13), Nicconita ($9) and Gumshoe ($10-$8.50 late).
BETS: Velvet Aeroplane $2,000 @ $14
The ‘good thing’ of the day got the money for punters in the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap (1200 metres).
Roheryn jumped as a $1.40 favourite and despite the short quote was still responsible for 63 percent of the total investment but was far more popular through multis.
Settling in the back half of the field, jockey Kerrin McEvoy got to work on the son of Lohnro at the top of the straight once the pair found clear running.
Finishing hard down the Randwick straight, the James Cummings-trained gelding easily beat Improvement ($10) which only found clear running late in the piece. Isorich ($41) added some value to the trifecta.
BETS: $6,000 @ $1.50, $5,000 @ $1.40, $3,000 @ $1.40, $2,000 @ $1.40
Toryjoy was solid in the market for the running of the Dixie Blossoms Special Achievement Handicap (1800 metres).
Hovering around the $5-$6 mark for most of the afternoon, Toryjoy was taken straight to the front by Kathy O’Hara and the pair were never headed. Missybeel ($6) and Waking Moment ($4.60-$5-$4.20) filled the minors without ever looking likely.
The big story here was Attention Run which went $3.60-$4.40-$4.20 after being favourite for most of betting. The Kris Lees runner ended up sharing top billing in the end with Waking Moment.
BETS: Toryjoy $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Sempre Fidelis $1,000 @ $16
The running of the Jockeys Reunion Handicap (1300 metres) saw a number of betting moves throughout the day.
Bangkok was $6-$4.60 with that move proving to be the correct one to follow. Haunted was easily the best tried runner in the race but went out the gate ($2.60-$2.90) in the final stages of betting. Firsthand $8.50-$9-$7-$8) fluctuated wildly in the last five minutes while Gala Moshea ($26-$13-$41) had been tried earlier in the week but was friendless today.
Rachel King produced the Allan Denham-trained runner on straightening and the five-year-old quickly swept to the front, racing clear to defeat Fortensky ($$3.70-$4.80) and Haunted which over-raced back in the field.
Milk Man, fourth across the line, was relatively unwanted in betting and went $6.50-$12. Boss Lane was $14 in the morning and the most notable firmer here after jumping $6.
BETS: Bangkok $1,150 @ $4.60
BETS: Haunted $8,800 @ $2.90
Cyber Intervention was one of the most popular horses all day at Randwick, however, he was a big drifter late in betting and ran accordingly.
Coming into the Industry Recognition Race Day Handicap (1800 metres), Cyber Intervention was a $2.40 favourite in the morning after being the first horse backed on Wednesday when $4.40 was available.
The Joe Pride runner continued to attract good money throughout the day but in the final 10 minutes blew out to $3.50.
After racing wide and near the rear, the favourite was spent a long way from home.
Matowi ($7.50-$5) did trim up and landed the cash after Tommy Berry timed his run perfectly on the Chris Waller runner. Primitivo ($5.50) was solid in betting and stuck to the task after racing outside the leader while Monsieur Sisu ($14) grabbed third.
Exasperate ($5) was best backed outside the favourite and attracted some big bets throughout the afternoon.
BETS: Matowi $500 e/w @ $6.50/$2.10
BETS: Cyber Intervention $7,000 @ $3.40, $10,000 @ $1.55 PLACE
Punters left on a winning note thanks to The Party Girl winning the ATC Thank You Owners Handicap (1400 metres).
The David Pfeiffer-trained mare was $8 on Wednesday and $4.80 this morning, however, strong support saw it bottom out at $3.90 midway through the afternoon. She would eventually start $4.60 and thanks to a patient ride by Kerrin McEvoy, she divebombed the leaders over the concluding stages to land some nice bets.
Drachenfels ($4.80) had admirers as per usual and rattled home for second while the third placegetter No Escape ($15-$9) was tried at eachway odds.
The Party Girl started favourite and took that position in the market off Jacks Bar ($3.90-$5) and held more than twice as much as that galloper. Thy Kingdom Come ($5) was solid in the market.
BETS: The Party Girl $2,000 @ $4.60
BETS: Jack’s Bar $3,000 @ $5
Condos Express was a noted firmer and landed some handy investments in the Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Handicap (1000 metres).
The Richard Laming-trained runner opened the day as a $12 shot but constant specking throughout saw it come in to $8.50 at starting time.
Settling on the rails just behind the speed, Linda Meech barged her way into the clear on straightening with the son of Rubick sprinting sharply to score easily.
Asateer ($4-$5.50) and Memphis Rock ($5.50) filled the minors after being prominent for most of the journey.
Although firming up in betting, Condos Express wasn’t heavily supported with most of the money here being with Alburq ($2.50). The Mike Moroney runner held eight times as much as anything else.
BETS: Condos Express $500 @ $8.50 TWICE
BETS: Alburq $1,500 @ $2.50, $1,000 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
Late money told the story in the Hygain Tracktorque Handicap (1000 metres).
All the late support was for Taraayef ($4.40-$3.70) and it proved spot on after Luke Nolen had the daughter of Lohnro just off the speed in the running line. Pulling out wide approaching the final bend, Taraayef sprinted sharply to beat the unlucky Rumble Doll ($9.50-$6.50) and Absolute Flirt ($6).
The disappointment in the race was Jedastar which ran according to the market. She opened the day as $3.60 favourite and jumped $5.50, however, she dropped out after leading.
BETS: Taraayef $$1,000 @ $4, $2,000 @ $3.80, $2,000 @ $3.70
In what was a competitive betting affair, Something Silver proved best at eachway odds in the third event on the card.
Dragging the field up to the tearaway leader Chasing Beams, Something Silver claimed the front on straightening and under Jamie Kah held off the fast-finishing Paint The Town Two ($5-$4.20-$5) and Hunboshi ($19-$26).
Kiss And Cry went around as the best supported runner and jumped a $4.20 favourite. The Mick Kent-trained runner was four times as popular as anything else.
Of the others, Riverina Lass was a noted firmer. After hitting $34 she was crunched into $10.
BETS: Something Silver $1,000 @ $12
BETS: Kiss And Cry $1,000 @ $4.20 TWICE, $2,000 @ $4
I Boogi pulled off a nice betting move for his backers in the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap (1500 metres).
The Scott Cameron-trained runner opened at $26 this morning and was constantly specked throughout the day. By the time the race rolled around $12 was on offer after it bottomed out at $10.
Damian Lane rode the seven-year-old a treat and got him into clear air turning for home, with the gelding sprinting sharply to run down The Great Artiste ($12) which had claimed the leaders on the bend.
Mercy Street ($15) secured the minor end of the prize.
Trigger Point ($5) held the most money in front of Alsvin ($6) and Legale ($5).
More Than Ever defied the betting drift to win running away in the Chandler Macleod Handicap (2500 metres).
The gelding was a clear $2.60 favourite in the morning but jumped $3.40 second pick after The Statesman ($4.20-$3.10) came in for good backing.
Jamie Kah stuck to the inside lanes while The Statesman was forced to be three-wide early before taking on the responsibility of carting the field up to San Remo.
This proved to be the difference with the Tony McEvoy runner powering away on the rails while The Statesman battled in to third after doing a stack of work. Bling Dynasty ($23) split the pair.
BETS: More Than Ever $1,500 @ $3.40
BETS: The Statesman $2,000 @ $3.80, $2,000 @ $3.20
Linda Meech delivered another winner and this time it was one at double figures – Inverloch.
The Trent Busuttin & Nat Young runner was a $15 shot but that didn’t stop Meech going straight to the top on the gelding. Rating the six-year-old a treat, Inverloch booted clear in the straight despite being stalked by the second pick Masculino ($3.70) just prior to that. Masculino did hold second while the popular Bedford ran third at $6.50.
Twilight Run ($3.50) jumped as favourite and was responsible for a quarter of the total investment. Punters also came for Al Galayel ($7).
BETS: Inverloch $250 e/w @ $15/$3.70
BETS: Bedford $1,000 @ $6.50 TWICE
BETS: Twilight Run $1,000 @ $3.50 TWICE, $1,000 @ $3.40 TWICE
Usain Bowler delivered a hammer blow to TAB after arriving in time to win the Four ‘N’ Twenty Handicap (1200 metres).
The John Sadler runner was responsible for over half the market and went around more than three times as popular as any other runner.
Strung up in traffic approaching the home turn, Mark Zahra got the son of So You Think into the clear on straightening and he sprinted sharply to overhaul Tavisan ($4.80) in the shadows of the post. Beautiful Flyer ($19) lunged late to make it interesting and nose Tavisan out of the runner-up spot.
Usain Bowler attracted a number of big bets, was the most popular runner at the Valley’s program on the day and was the flavour of the month with multi players.
BETS: Usain Bowler $20,000 @ $3.10
Queen Annabel ($9-$7) landed some handy investments after bursting through the pack late to take out the Woodside Park Stallion Parade 17th Aug Handicap (1000 metres).
Opening the day as a $9 chance the mare was backed into $7 and held more money than anything else barring Freeze Over ($8.50).
Forbid Me Not ($18-$34) wound up second with Definia ($34) adding plenty of spice to the exotics.
This was a race of many betting moves with Carlingford ($23-$9.50), Perfect Statue ($23-$15) and Diamond Oasis ($71-$19) the pick of them.
BETS: Moor Wanted $3,000 @ $8.50