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Rule The World defied a late betting drift to land the cash in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1300 metres).
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott runner opened the day as a $2.40 favourite but by jump time, was being challenged at the top of the market by Frosty Rocks ($3.50).
Jumping as a $3.30 favourite, Tim Clark rated the gelding perfectly in front as they led throughout to beat the late finishing Betcha Flying ($10) and Roman Wolf ($5.50).
BETS: Rule The World $2,500 @ $3.30
San Marco had admirers in the TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap (1000 metres), however, there were several others that punters had zeroed in on.
Siege Warfare was one of the best firmers across the country after being $26 on Wednesday. It jumped $5.50 and went around with the most money. Syd’s Footprints drifted from $2.70 out to $4.20 but was still second best tried while Nevada Dane ($7-$5) firmed up late.
San Marco got to $13 at one stage in the morning but jumped at $10 after attracting some eachway money.
Tim Clark took the gelding to the grandstand side of the straight after being last to turn, however, it proved to be the winning move with the son of Smart Missile finishing best to beat Caccini ($34) and Nevada Dane.
BETS: San Marco $500 e/w @ $13/$3.70, $800 x $200 e/w @ $10/$2.90
BETS: Siege Warfare $2,500 # $5, $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Nevada Dane $1,500 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
Sir Elton landed some big bets when taking out the Everest Carnival Handicap (1100 metres) in impressive fashion.
In his comeback to riding, Hugh Bowman dictated terms to perfection outside the leader and booted clear in the straight, with Sir Elton racing away to beat Gimme Shelter ($23-$13) which was tried at odds, while Dio D’oro ($13) ran home for third.
Sir Elton, trained by Adam Duggan, was responsible for 65 percent of the total investment.
Embracer, which had been tried earlier in the week, went $2.90-$4.40 on the day with the market spot on about his chances. After leading, the Waterhouse/Bott runner faded out of contention.
BETS: Sir Elton $10,000 @ $2, $6,000 @ $2, $4,500 @ $2, $2,000 @ $2
Attention Run didn’t have a great deal of support tin the Nathan’s Famous Handicap (1600 metres) with most of the money centred on Monsieur Sisu.
The Kris Lees runner was the least favoured runner in the race and held less than five percent of what Monsieur Sisu did.
Making a sweeping move approaching the home turn, the import then dropped off as Sweet Victory ($2.60-$3.80) and Monsieur Sisu ($2.70-$3) drew away but under the urgings of Sam Clenton, the $19 shot lifted to overwhelm the pair in the shadows of the post.
Attention Run had been $11 in the morning. Monsieur Sisu held just over half the total investment.
BETS: Attention Run $300 @ $19
Kaapfever caused an upset in the Randwick Mayors Cup (2400 metres) despite doing plenty of work.
The Joe Pride-trained runner didn’t attract a great deal of money and went from $14-$17 throughout the day. Showing tremendous fight over the concluding stages under Rachel King, Kaapfever held Our Candidate ($12-$9-$10) and the leader Jake’s Hill ($5.50-$7.50).
The market was spot on in this after the favourite Fanciful Toff blew like a gale, $2.20-$3.60.
BETS: Fanciful Toff $5,000 @ $3.60, $10,000 @ $3.40
Money throughout the day suggested Wu Gok would be extremely hard to beat in the JHb Syndications Handicap (1800 metres).
Opening the day at $5.50, sheer weight of support saw it crunched into $3.40 and overtake Dr Drill ($2.20-$3.50) at the top of the market. Wu Gok also held nearly double what the Victorian visitor did.
Blake Shinn had the Chris Waller runner stalking the leaders, switching to the inside of Dr Drill in the straight to outpoint him over the concluding stages.
White Boots ($8.50) wound up in third.
Wu Gok held 41 percent of the market.
BETS: Wu Gok $1,500 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50, $2,000 @ $3.30, $1,500 x $3,000 e/w @ $3.30/$1.50, $2,000 @ $3.30 TWICE, $2,480 @ $3.20
Invictus Salute prevented one of the plunges of the day from coming off in the Randwick Community Day Handicap (1000 metres).
The Mark Newnham-trained runner had its own backing and was the subject of a slight trim up from $5.50-$5, however, punters only had eyes for Natalia late in betting.
Peter and Paul Snowden’s representative was $8 at the start of the day but was absolutely hammered to start $3.50 favourite. With the weight of money coming for the filly, Deity lost her spot at the top of the market after going $3-$3.90.
Christian Reith got everything out of the colt to see of Natalia by a nose, with Deity hitting the line nicely for third.
Godolphin runner Deity was the most popular runner in the field and accounted for 35 percent of the total investment with Natalia and Revenire ($9) next best.
Of the others, the move for Epic Dan petered out late. He was $26 on Wednesday and bottomed out at $6.50 before starting $7.50.
BETS: Invictus Salute $1,500 e/w @ $5.50/$1.95, $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Deity $2,000 @ $3.80, $1,823 @ $3.80, $1,500 @ $3.80, $2,000 @ $3.20
Ljungberg went around as one of the best backed runners all day.
The Ron Quinton-trained runner was a hot $2.15 favourite in the Kensington Handicap (1300 metres) and commanded just under half the total investment on the race.
Such was the popularity of Ljungberg that it held three times the amount of money than the second pick in the market, Charretera ($3.60).
Samantha Clenton rode a patient race on the gelding, switching back inside the leader on straightening and finishing best to beat Bangkok ($11) the frontrunner Charretera.
The son of I Am Invincible was also extremely popular with multi players.
BETS: Ljungberg $3,163 @ $2.20, $2,500 @ $2.15
Notation was a thoroughly deserving winner of the Winter Racing Handicap (1400 metres) after being forced to race outside the leader throughout.
The Matty Dale-trained filly opened at $5 this morning but got out to as much as $7.50 in betting as the money came for Misteed ($4.40) and Aim For Perfection ($3).
Rated a treat by Chris Williams, Notation put paid to the leader and bounded clear to easily defeat and Aim For Perfection.
Misteed and Aim For Perfection held more than the winner and commanded over half the market. Echo Gem ($6) was the only other horse that was more popular than the winner.
BETS: Aim For Perfection $4,000 @ $2.90
BETS: Misteed $2,000 @ $4.40, $2,000 @ $4.20
Miss Mandito was pretty solid in betting right throughout the day for the Leilani Series Final (1400 metres).
The Charlotte Littlefield runner hovered around the $5-$5.50 mark and jumped at the latter price. The daughter of Zacinto toughed it out over the final stages with Michael Walker on board, the pair holding off the charging El Questro ($3.10) with Something Silver ($31) close up in third spot.
El Questro went around with most money while Pria Eclipse ($3.40-$3.10-$3.50) was next best backed.
Damien Oliver made it an early double after rating the heavily tried Buffalo River perfectly out in front in the Silver Bowl Series Final (1600 metres).
After guiding Second Bullet to an upset win over Masculino a race earlier, Oliver was in front this time around on the $1.55 favourite which was carrying the hopes of many sizable investments and multis.
Booting clear at the top of the straight, Buffalo River held off Mr Exclusive ($8-$10) which stuck to its task chasing the leader throughout. Heavenly Emperor ($6), easily the second best supported horse in the race, worked home for third but was never a winning possibility.
Buffalo River held nearly 60 percent of the market and was extremely popular with multi players.
BETS: Buffalo River $4,000 @ $1.55, $3,000 @ $1.55
Future Score defied a late drift in the market to fly home and take out the Banjo Paterson Series Final (2600 metres).
The Matt Cumani runner got in to as low as $2.30 at one stage this morning, however, was as much as $3 late in betting before jumping a $2.80 favourite.
Craig Williams timed his run to perfection from the rear as the son of Cape Cross nailed Beau Balmain ($4.60-$6.50) right on the line. Observational ($14) rounded out the trifecta.
BETS: Future Score $1,400 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES $1,100 @ $2.80, $1,400 @ $2.70, $1,150 @ $2.70, $2,500 @ $2.60, $1,800 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60, $2,500 @ $2.30, $1,000 @ $2.30 TWICE
Favourite backers were sent packing in the Taj Rossi Series Final (1600 metres) when Rubisaki couldn’t peg back the roughie in a tight finish.
Linda Meech speared Fabulanski ($31-$41) straight to the front and ran the field along and although appearing vulnerable late to Rubisaki, the Polanski colt kicked to score the upset.
Rubisaki ($2.10-$1.95-$2.25) had to be content with second with Pancho ($7.50) working home nicely along the rails for third.
Rubisaki was one of the best supported runners all day at Flemington and accounted for over 60 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Fabulanski $300 @ $41
BETS: Rubisaki $10,000 @ $2.25
Not A Single Cent ($4.80-$6.50) drifted in betting but was the one finishing best in The Mahogany Challenge Final (2500 metres).
The gelding was still one of the more popular horses with TAB customers despite the slight drift, however, Dogmatic which went around as favourite held twice as much money.
In a driving finish, Not A Single Cent got the money for Ben Melham with Wealthy Wolf ($8) and Reflect The Stars ($11-$8.50) filling second and third respectively.
BETS: Not A Single Cent $1,000 @ $6.50
Milwaukee was sent out a popular choice in the All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200 metres).
The Mike Moroney galloper held more than five times the amount of money than any other runner, with Halvorsen ($3.90-$4.20) being best tried to beat him.
Damien Oliver drove the gelding late at Malibu Style ($10-$12) but couldn’t peg back the margin, with all honours going to the winner after it missed the start slightly.
Holy Blade ($10) ran third narrowly in front of Sirius Suspect ($14-$10), which had been tried at eachway odds.
BETS: Malibu Style $250 e/w @ $12/$3.40, $500 e/w @ $11/$3.30
BETS: Milwaukee $2,000 @ $3.60
BETS: Halvorsen $3,000 @ $4.40
Reykjavik went around as one of the more popular results in the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600 metres).
The Lindsey Smith-trained galloper jumped as an $8 chance but bottomed out at $6.50 earlier the day. Only Mr Marathon Man ($6) and race favourite Waging War ($3.80) held more than it.
Linda Meech had the entire in the second half of the field but tracked up behind the leaders on straightening. Finding a gap back towards the inside, Meech put the four-year-old through it and he did the rest, powering away to land some nice bets.
Romancer ($8-$5.50), a notable firmer after being $15 on Wednesday, wound up second while Holbein ($14) grabbed the minor end of the prize.
Mr Marathon Man went around with 22 percent of the money while Waging War held 18 percent.
BETS: Reykjavik $1,000 @ $7 TWICE
BETS: Mr Marathon Man $2,000 e/w @ $6/$2.10
BETS: Royal Order $2,500 @ $19
Sure Knee was a costly way for punters to end the program at Flemington.
Chris Waller’s stable rep went around with nearly half the total investment riding on her back and jumped at $1.90.
While Craig Williams put her into the race at the right time and she loomed up to win, she couldn’t go on with it as Great Duchess swept past her at $18 on TAB Fixed Odds to get the win.
Collectable ($23) added some spice to the exotics when finishing in third spot.
BETS: Great Duchess $200 x $300 e/w @ $19/$3.60, $250 e/w @ $16/$3.40
BETS: Sure Knee $5,000 @ $1.95