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.
Exceedance $11-$4.50 fav (after winning San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill)
Exceedance $51-$15 (after winning San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill)
Exceedance $15-$8 fav (after winning San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill)
Super Seth $15-$8 eq fav (after winning McNeil Stakes at Caulfield)
Melody Belle $51-$26 (after winning Tarzino Trophy at Hastings)
Come Play With Me $15-$11
The market was spot on in the TAB Highway Class 2 Handicap (1400 metres) as Assault’n’bathory led throughout.
Trained by Danielle Seib, Assault’n’bathory was pretty solid in betting for most of the day and jumped a popular $4.40 favourite. The gelding had been fighting for favouritism with Girls Are Ready for much of the betting but late on, that particular runner went $4-$6.
Nash Rawiller took the six-year-old straight to the front and the pair were never headed, racing clear to be the fast-finishing Who’s Shout ($31-$17) and Girls Are Ready.
In terms of popularity, Girls Are Ready ($11 on Wednesday) held the most in front of the winner and also Scarlet Missile ($6.50).
Of the others, Fortunes Path ($21-$12) was the subject of a late betting move.
BETS: Assault’n’bathory $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Girls Are Ready $2,500 @ $4
BETS: Gunga Din $1,000 e/w @ $10/$3.30
Wimlah landed some nice bets when too strong in the ATC Member Tours Handicap (1500 metres).
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained runner sat outside the leader Helga for the majority of the trip, shooting clear at the top of the straight to hold off all challengers.
Wimlah started a $3.60 favourite and was responsible for nearly 33 percent of the total investment.
Helga ($4.40) weakened out of it to finish near the rear but went around with more money than anything else outside the favourite.
Le Lude ($16-$6.50) was well tried at odds and ran home strongly for second while Rossmay ($21-$16) filled the minor end of the prize.
BETS: Wimlah $1,000 @ $3.50
Adana repaid the faithful when getting home to take out the Everest Carnival Handicap (1500 metres).
Although drifting from its morning quote of $3.10 to start as $3.90 favourite, Adana was easily the most popular runner with TAB customers and carried nearly twice as much money as anything else.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy had to really ride out the son of Snitzel to go past Shock Alert ($10) over the concluding stages but did enough to get him home. Weekend Affair, the most notable firmer in the race, ran for third after going $16-$7.50.
Pelethronius ($7.50) and Thy Kingdom Come ($4.80) had plenty of admirers.
BETS: Adana $1,500 @ $3.90, $3,000 @ $3.70
The biggest betting move seen for quite some time failed to materialise in the Nathan’s Famous Handicap (2000 metres).
Heart Of Grace opened at $34 on Wednesday and was smashed as soon as betting commenced. Just $5.50 was available on Thursday and today, a late move saw it crunched from $4.40-$3.
Despite enjoying a good run on the rails, Heart Of Grace failed to pick up and dropped out of contention
It was left to Mrs Madrid ($19-$31-$23) to sweep home as the widest runner in the straight to land the upset for Anthony Cummings and Glen Boss.
The Good Fight ($15-$11-$14), which had good specking at the eachway odds, wound up second while Costello ($5-$8.50) held third in front of Humboldt Current ($5).
In terms of money held, it was Humboldt Current in front of Heart Of Grace with The Good Fight a distant third.
BETS: Humboldt Current $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Heart Of Grace $1,000 @ $31, $1,000 @ $23 (both taken earlier in the week). $2,000 @ $5, $2,000 @ $3.70, $2,000 @ $3.50
Favourite backers and multi players were left scrambling after Bivouac went down as a hot $1.35 favourite.
The Godolphin runner commanded the lion’s share of investment in the SKY Racing Active San Domenico Stakes (1100 metres), going around with nearly 70 percent of the total investment.
Doing the work outside the leader told in the end as Bivouac couldn’t hold off the big finish of Exceedance, the second pick in the market at ($4-$4.80) for Team Hawkes.
Anaheed, which led, held third at $9 on the Fixed Odds.
While Exceedance was the only one seriously tried to beat the favourite, it still held approximately a quarter of the money that the odds-on pop did.
BETS: Exceedance $1,200 @ $4.20
BETS: Bivouac $5,000 @ $1.35, $3,000 @ $1.35
Wu Gok caused a minor upset in the first leg of the Quaddie – the Iron Jack Premier’s Cup (1900 metres).
The wet track specialist out of the Chris Waller barn was $6.50-$7 for most of the betting today but had been $15 when markets opened on Wednesday.
Sticking to the inside after racing behind the leader, Wu Gok kept finding under the urgings of Tommy Berry to hold off the heavily tried stablemate, Come Play With Me ($4.60-$3.20 fav) which had also been $15 earlier in the week.
It was a Waller trifecta with Carzoff ($14) working home nicely for third.
While Come Play With Me held the most money, the disappointment in the race came via Wolfe ($3.30-$4.20) which had been favourite in the morning but lost that spot in the market by the time the race rolled around.
BETS: Come Play With Me $2,000 @ $4.20, $2,000 @ $3.50
BETS: So You Win $10,000 @ $4.40
TAB customers didn’t mind having a crack on Quick Thinker in the Ming Dynasty Quality (1400 metres).
The Kiwi runner $8-$10 on the day, however, was the third most popular runner in terms of money taken behind the favoured pair of Academy and Subedar.
Handling the Heavy conditions best, the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman runner powered to the lead under Hugh Bowman over the concluding stages to score an impressive win from back in the field.
Aspect Ratio, the roughie that had good money to suggest she would run a cracker, was $101 on Wednesday and $61 this morning to eventually jump at $17. It finished second in front of Reformist ($14).
Academy was sensationally backed from $5.50 in the morning to start $2.90 favourite, displacing Subedar ($2.80-$3.10) in the process.
The day for Team Hawkes continued to get better after Greyworm arrived in time to snatch the TAB Handicap (1200 metres) in the final stride.
Having saluted earlier in the day with Exceedance and Dawn Dawn (Caulfield), Greyworm stalked the leader You Make Me Smile ($12) for most of the race and needed the entire length of the Rosehill straight to finally overhaul the leader.
Backed in from $9-$7.50, Greyworm gave Glen Boss a winning double after he saluted earlier with Mrs Madrid.
Ranier ($21) rattled home along the inside to get third.
Desert Lord, which was fourth, began the $3.10 favourite and was best supported in front of Mister Songman ($3.90) while So Taken ($10-$6.50) was next best.
BETS: Greyworm $1,200 @ $7.50, $600 @ $7.50, $500 @ $7.50, $500 @ $7 TWICE, $600 x $400 e/w @ $7/$2.20
BETS: Desert Lord $5,000 $3, $3,290 @ $3
BETS: So Taken $2,000 @ $6.50, $1,700 @ $6.50
In a very competitive betting affair to finish things off at Rosehill, it was Team Hawkes again with God Of Thunder finishing best to win the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1100 metres).
Defying the betting drift from $2.15-$2.70, God Of Thunder came with a big finishing burst for Brenton Avdulla to easily account for Black Magnum ($4.60-$4) and Spanish Dream ($11).
God Of Thunder held the most money in front of Roosevelt ($4) and Black Magnum.
BETS: God Of Thunder $8,500 @ $2.50
BETS: Black Magnum $10,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Roosevelt $4,000 @ $3.80, $3,000 @ $3.70
Another Coldie had good specking to suggest it would run a good race in the Symo’s 50th Handicap over 2400 metres.
TAB went up $10 on Wednesday for the Symon Wilde-trained galloper and today, he hovered around the $6-$6.50 mark for most of the betting before jumping at the latter quote.
Sprinting sharply on the home bend, jockey Dean Yendall took the son of Snitzel to the front early in the straight and the pair raced away for a good win.
Exemplar ($4.20) went around as favourite and battled hard for second after sitting fourth in the run. Alfarris ($4.40-$5) was third.
BETS: Exemplar $1,000 @ $4.20 MULTIPLE TIMES
Dawn Dawn attracted good money to take out the Nitto Denko Handicap (1200 metres).
The Team Hawkes runner was the second best supported runner in terms of money held, with only race favourite Diamond Effort ($3.50) holding more.
Dwayne Dunn timed his run to perfection on the daughter of All Too Hard, sweeping to the lead inside the final 200 metres to beat the well-tried leader Sam’s Image ($13-$7) and I’m Telling Ya ($23-$18).
Favourite backers left it in the bag with Diamond Effort going around with just under half the market.
BETS: Dawn Dawn $1,000 @ $6 TWICE
BETS: Diamond Effort $4,000 @ $3.50
All the big bets were paid when My Pendant was successful in the Clanbrooke Racing Handicap (1400 metres).
Going around as a $2.20 favourite, My Pendant held nearly 60 percent of the total investment but was nearly three times as popular as the second elect in the market in Music Bay ($4-$4.40-$3.80).
Damien Oliver rode a patient race back in the field and last on the rails, coming a few horses wider in the straight and finding a gap with the daughter Pins doing the rest.
Camelle ($126) added spice to the exotics in second while Music Bay wound up third.
BETS: My Pendant $3,000 @ $2.25, $3,000 @ $2.25, $3,000 @ $2.20, $3,000 @ $2.10, $9,000 @ $2
Super Titus was one of the more popular runners in the fourth event from Caulfield.
Out of the Euroa stables of Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig, Super Titus ($10-$8-$6) landed some nice bets when producing a good turn of foot down the straight with Jye McNeil in the saddle.
Captain Cook ($7) was popular with eachway punters and ran on for second while Etymology (16) flashed home to grab third in front of Steel Prince ($4.20-$6).
Guizot ($5.50) started favourite and held some big money while the big mover in the race was Valac ($13-$6.50) which wasn’t far off them at the finish.
BETS: Super Titus $4,000 x $5,000 e/w @ $6/$2.30
BETS: Guizot $5,000 x $4,000 e/w @ $6/$2.10
Super Seth was a losing result for TAB in the H.D.F McNeil Stakes (1200 metres).
The Anthony Freedman-trained runner jumped the $3.60 favourite and held 30 percent of the total investment. Next best supported was stablemate King Of Hastings ($3.90) and punters were spot on as the pair finished one-two.
Sebrakate ($11-$9) flashed home to grab third.
Of the others, Peidra ($5.50) and Missile Mantra ($5.50) also had good backing in what was a very competitive betting affair.
BETS: Super Seth $4,000 @ $3.60
BETS: King Of Hastings $3,000 @ $3.90
It was one of the despised outsiders that was successful in the MRC Everest Series Heath 1100 Stakes (1100 metres).
Crystal Dreamer ($17-$41) only held more money than Streets of Avalon ($34-$81) with most of focus being on Vega Magic and Ball Of Muscle.
Vega Magic ($2.10-$1.95-$2.10) held more than double what Ball Of Muscle ($4.20) did and was responsible for a little more than half the total investment.
Unfortunately for his backers the Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig runner dropped out of it from the home turn to wind up last.
Ball Of Muscle led for most of the trip before being claimed by Crystal Dreamer and Gytrash ($5.50-$4.20) late.
BETS: Vega Magic $5,000 @ $2.10, $4,500 @ $2.10, $3,000 @ $2.10, $2,000 @ $2.10 MULTIPLE TIMES, $3,700 @ $1.95
Pippie did the right thing by favourite backers when leading throughout to win the Moet & Chandon Cockram Stakes (1200 metres).
Pippie opened the day at $2.70 and crunched into as low as $2.10 before starting $2.15 clear top pick. On the flip side, Sylvia’s Mother went $3.40 out to as much as $4.20 before a late rally saw it jump $3.90.
Punters were in two camps here with the top two betting holding a whopping 70 percent of the total investment.
Jockey Ben Melham rated the John & Chris Meagher-trained runner to perfection out in front, kicking away when challenged to beat Spanish Whisper ($16) and Sylvia’s Mother.
BETS: Pippie $2,200 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, $4,000 @ $2.15, $2,000 @ $2.10 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Sylvia’s Mother $5,000 @ $4.20, $4,500 x $4,000 e/w @ $4.20/$1.55
The move for Scales Of Justice was on the mark in the Group One New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400 metres).
The Lindsey Smith-trained galloper was $5-$3.70 despite the fact the lion’s share of money was with the hot favourite Alizee ($3.40-$2.60).
Dean Yendall timed his run perfectly on Scales Of Justice with the pair hitting the front midway down the running, holding off the late bursts of So Si Bon ($19) and Alizee.
In terms of money held, Alizee was nearly six times as popular as the winner which was actually the second most popular runner in the race.
BETS: Scales Of Justice $1,000 @ $5 TWICE, $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $3.90, $1,035 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.80 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Alizee $5,000 e/w @ $3.30/$1.55, $5,000 x $10,000 e/w @ $3.20/$1.55, $5,000 @ $3.20, $5,000 @ $3.10, $10,000 @ $3, $5,000 @ $3, $3,500 @ $2.90, $2,500 @ $2.90, $2,000 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.80, $2,500 @ $2.70
BETS: Hartnell $3,000 @ $8.50
BETS: Cliff’s Edge $1,000 @ $11