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.
Lady Banff landed some nice bets to take out the Darley 2YO Handicap (1100 metres).
The Matt Dunn-trained runner went around as one of the most popular runners, with Oh Say ($4) holding slightly more.
Between them they dominated the hold with more than half the total investment.
Of the others, runner-up Meadow Land ($8-$6.50) had admirers as did Mrs Maisel ($8) at a price.
BETS: Lady Banff $1,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Oh Say $1,000 @ $4 TWICE, $2,000 @ $3.90
The two best backed runners failed to figure in the TAB Highway Plate (1500 metres).
While third-placed Rockarosa had plenty of admirers, even when $11 was put up on Wednesday, it was the second most popular runner in the race but was never a winning hope.
Leg Work ($4.20) was clearly the best backed and held nearly double what Rockarosa did.
It was left to Ready To Humble ($4.40-$5.50) to defy a slight betting drift to get the money, giving Matty Dunn an early double. Art Cadeau ($5.50) was pretty solid throughout the day and hit the front midway down the stretch but couldn’t hold off the winner.
BETS: Leg Work $2,000 @ $4.20, $1,200 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4.20 TWICE, $3,000 @ $4
Word For Word finally repaid the faithful by arriving in the last bound to capture the Yes Yes Yes New to Coolmore Handicap (1500 metres).
The Chris Waller mare hovered around the $4.20-$4.60 mark for most of the day before jumping at the former quote.
James McDonald timed his run perfectly on the So You Think mare, with the pair overhauling the leader and popular $3.70 elect Bound To Win right on the line.
Bound To Win went around with 45 percent of the total investment.
Of the rest, Miss Redoble wound up third and was specked at eachway odds, firming from $11-$8.
BETS: Word For Word $1,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Miss Einstein $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE, $3,000 @ $4.80
BETS: Bound To Win $1,000 @ $3.70 TWICE
Wu Gok defied a big betting drift to prove best in the TAB Winter Cup (2400 metres).
Opening the day as a popular $2.50 favourite, the Chris Waller stayer got out to as much as $4 despite coming in for solid support throughout the day.
Jumping as an $3.80 equal favourite, Wu Gok fought back solidly to beat stablemates Carzoff ($8.50-$5.50) and Yulong Prince ($4.20-$4.80).
The Lord Mayor ($4-$3.70-$3.80 eq fav) was best tried to beat Wu Gok while another Sweet Thomas ($21-$9.50) was specked all day at the big price and was a notable firmer.
BETS: Wu Gok $20,000 @ $4, $5,000 @ $2.80, $1,400 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60
BETS: The Lord Mayor $2,500 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.70
BETS: Carzoff $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Yulong Prince $1,500 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Sweet Thomas $1,000 e/w @ $11/$4.60
Some solid eachway support on Outback Diva saw it tighten up throughout the day for the running of the Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1200 metres).
Opening the day as a $12 chance, the Richard & Michael Freedman-trained runner bottomed out at $9.50 early in the afternoon before getting back out to $10 at the start of the race.
Flashing home out wide under the urgings of Tim Clark, Outback Diva nailed the well-tried duo of Malea Magic and Switched close to the line.
Malea Magic was one of the most notable firmers all day, going $8-$4.80 favourite while Switched ($4.60-$5) held the most money but lost favouritism late.
Of the others, Bring The Ransom ($13-$6.50) halved its quote while Edison ($13-$8.50) had good specking too.
BETS: Malea Magic $1,000 @ $5, $1,500 @ $4.80
BETS: Switched $2,000 @ $5
BETS: Bring The Ransom $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Rari $2,000 @ $5.50
Attention Run was a big drifter for the running of the De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1800 metres).
The Kris Lees runner went from $10 in the morning all the way out to $23 at the jump, with the money riding on it representing just a fraction of the entire market.
Sweeping home under Andrew Adkins, Attention Run beat the very popular Soldier Of Love ($3.30-$5) which did drift in betting but still held the most money in the race by a fair margin. Across Dubai ($10-$6.50) was one of those tried along with New Arrangement ($7-$4.20) which ended up being backed into favouritism.
Zoffanys Lad ($23-$10) was another that came in for good backing at odds while Matowi ($8-$6.50) held the most money outside Solider Of Love.
BETS: Soldier Of Love $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.60
BETS: Matowi $1,000 @ $6.50
This was a great betting stoush between Adelong and Lashes.
Adelong ($2.70) held slightly more money than Lashes ($3.80-$4.20) and the pair completely dominated the hold, commanding nearly 70 percent of the market.
Adelong powered away under James McDonald after being forced to work outside the leader, putting the issue to bed midway down the straight to race away for an impressive win in the Catanach’s Sprint (1100 metres).
Inanup ($17) had specking at the price and ran on to finish second in front of the Joe Pride pair in Superium ($5) and Kylease. Lashes dropped out of it over the concluding stages.
BETS: Adelong $2,500 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70, $1,750 @ $2.70, $1,000 @ $2.70 TWICE, $1,500 @ $2.60, $1,200 @ $2.60 TWICE
BETS: Lashes $1,000 @ $4.20, $2,500 @ $4, $1,500 @ $4, $1,400 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $3.90
BETS: Broken Arrows $1,000 @ $8.50
BETS: Superium $1,000 @ $5.50 TWICE, $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Blazing Miss $1,000 @ $13
True Detective was pretty solid in betting for the running of the Iron Jack Handicap (1300 metres).
The Chris Waller runner hovered between $5-$6 for most of the day before jumping at the latter quote. The third most popular runner in betting, only Outrageous and Bangkok held more.
BETS: True Detective $2,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Sure Knee $1,000 @ $9
BETS: Outrageous $1,000 @ $6, $1,300 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Trumbull $1,000 @ $6.50 TWICE, $1,500 @ $6, $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Bangkok $1,000 @ $7
It was a blowout in the final event of the day from Rosehill – the SKY Racing Active Handicap (1300 metres).
Monegal ($61-$31) stormed home late at big odds to blow the well supported duo of Tricky Gal ($6.50-$5.50) and Handspun ($4.60-$5) out of the water.
Handspun went around as the most popular runner in front of Night Of Power ($5), which had opened up $11 earlier in the week.
BETS: Handspun $1,500 e/w @ $5/$2, $1,000 @ $5 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 x $2,500 e/w @ $4.20/$1.80
BETS: Ljungberg $1,000 @ $18
BETS: Tricky Gal $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Oakfield Missile $1,000 e/w @ $11/$3.40
The heavily tried Crosshaven got the job done in the Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Handicap (1200 metres).
Crosshaven $2.80-$2.50) went around three times as popular as anything else in the race. TAB went up $4.80 about its chances on Wednesday prior to the scratchings.
Settling just off the speed, Daniel Stackhouse had to get everything out of the Smart Missile gelding to get past Island Joy ($9.50) which did all the work outside the leader. Not A Zak ($17-$11) had specking all week at the big price ($31 opening) and ran a cheeky race in front to hold third.
BETS: Crosshaven $2,000 @ $2.70, $3,000 @ $2.50, $2,500 @ $2.50, $1,700 @ $2.50, $1,000 @ $2.50
BETS: Sense Of Honour $1,000 @ $4 TWICE
Smoke Bomb led throughout in the Fiorente at Sun Stud Handicap (1600 metres).
The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained runner was the third most popular horse in the race in terms of money held.
Jamie Kah rated the gelding perfectly out in front with the pair never looking anything but the winner.
Alphaville ($17-$12) and Garimpeiro ($8) filled the minors.
The favoured runners in La Chevalee ($3.50-$3.90) and Librate ($3.50-$4-$3.90) held more than half the market.
BETS: Librate $1,000 @ $4
BETS: La Chevalee $3,000 @ $3.90, $1,200 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.90 TWICE
Holbien was largely ignored in betting for the running of the Dynamic Print Group Handicap (1600 metres).
Going $6-$8-$7.50 on the day, Holbien went around as the fifth most popular runner behind Sikorsky, Kaplumpich, Strategic Phil and Heavenly Emperor.
Leading throughout for Lachie King, Holbien fought off the strong challenge of Strategic Phil ($6.50) in a great battle all the way down the straight. So We Are ($31) ran on for third in front of Kaplumpich ($5) which was three-wide the trip.
BETS: Sikorsky $3,000 @ $3.20, $1,600 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $2.70
BETS: Strategic Phil $20,000 @ $7
BETS: Heavenly Emperor $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Kaplumpich $5,000 @ $5, $1,500 e/w @ $5/$1.85
The late drift for Ms Catherine told the tale of the fifth event on the card from Moonee Valley
Ms Catherine had been $2 at the start of the day and remained there for the most part, however, as the race drew closer it began to get the wobbles in betting and by jump time $2.50 was being offered.
The Henry Dwyer-trained filly led until the final bend but was claimed by Iconic Star ($7.50-$9) which raced outside it for most of the race. Racing clear, the Kris Lees-trained runner held off Sansom ($3.80-$4.40) which Ms Catherine holding third in front of the big firmer in the race, Young Liam ($7.50-$5.50) which had been $15 earlier in the week.
BETS: Ms Catherine $,500 @ $2.50, $1,000 @ $2.50, $2,200 @ $2.40, $1,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $2.25, $2,000 @ $2
BETS: Sansom $1,000 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4.40
Kalkarni Royale was largely ignored by punters in the Drummond Golf Handicap (1200 metres).
Although the recipient of only light support, the Nicconi filly was $16-$17 and was way too strong for her rivals after sitting outside the leader.
Booting clear under Dwayne Dunn, Kalkarni Royale went on to defeat Felicia ($5) with Power Boom ($23) in third.
Its King of Magic ($4.60), which led and weakened, was the most popular runner in front of Felicia with Pauls Regret (fourth) next best in that regard.
BETS: Its Kind Of Magic $1,300 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.80 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Heavenly Light $1,000 @ $15
BETS: Pauls Regret $1,000 @ $6.50
Shot Of Irish went around as one of the most popular runners all day, jumping out at $2.70 and commanding a tick over half the total investment in the Keogh Homes Travis Harrison Cup (1600 metres).
Leading for most of the trip, Shot Of Irish had everything thrown at him by Michael Walker with the pair being joined right on the line by Plein Ciel ($7.50), with a dead-heat the result.
Mask Of Time ($19-$9.50) ran right up to the support and wound up third after being specked at a price.
Biometric ($6) was best tried outside Shot Of Irish but held a quarter of the money that the favourite did.
BETS: Shot Of Irish $1,599 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,875 @ $2.60, $2,000 @ $2.40
Harbour Views defied the betting drift to prove best in the Inglis July Series Sales Handicap (2040 metres).
The Matthew Williams runner was $2.70 favourite in the morning but blew out to $3.60, which saw it narrowly hold its position at the top of the market in front the heavily tried Django Freeman ($3.70).
Given a great run just off the leaders by John Allen, Harbour Views swept to the front on straightening to race clear and beat Double You Tee ($16) with Django Freeman holding third.
Django Freeman was nearly three times as popular as the winner and held 43 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Harbour Views $1,000 @ $3.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 x $3,500 e/w @ $3.30/$1.50
BETS: Django Freeman $2,000 @ $3.70, $1,000 @ $3.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,300 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50, $4,000 @ $3.40
A decent move for Be My Star at eachway odds paid dividends in the final event on the card over 1200 metres.
The Will Clarken-trained runner was $10 at the start of the day and was as much as $15 when markets opened on Wednesday. Continued support throughout the afternoon saw the mare come into $7 and be the second most popular runner in the race behind Broadwayandfourth ($2.90-$3.10).
Off a plumb ride by Jamie Kah, Be My Star got out of at the top of the straight and finished powerfully to overhaul the leader River Jewel ($21) and She’s A Thief ($21) which battled on after doing the work outside the speed.
Broadwayandfourth, which commanded approximately 33 percent of the total investment, finished out of the money.
MAGIC MILLIONS THE ROSES (1800 metres)
Vanna Girl was the one TAB customers wanted to be on in the Magic Millions Roses.
Crunched in betting from $2.30 to start a $2.10 favourite, she was more than three times as popular as the next two picks in the market – Celestial Falls ($4.80) and Sky Horse ($6).
Overall, the Brad Stewart-ridden and Toby & Trent Edmonds-trained runner was responsible for half the total investment.
BETS: Vanna Girl $2,000 @ $2.15 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $2.15 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.15 MULTIPLE TIMES, $20,000 @ $1.24 PLACE
BETS: Sky Horse $2,500 @ $6
BETS: Celestial Falls $1,200 @ $4.60
ASCOT GREEN EAGLE FARM MILE
Gaulois caused a minor upset by leading throughout to win the Ascot Green Eagle Farm Mile (1600 metres).
Giving Brad Stewart a running double, Gaulois ($10) was rated perfectly out in front with the pair booting clear turning for home, only to get the wobbles over the final 100m.
Gripping on, Gaulois won in a photo of the heavily tried Niccanova ($2.15) which had opened $4 on Wednesday. Overall it was responsible for 56 percent of the total investment.
Military Zone ($6) was close up and finished third, running right up to the support for it throughout the day.
BETS: Niccanova $2,000 @ $2.20, $1,400 @ $2.20, $1,000 @ $2.20
BETS: Military Zone $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5
DANE RIPPER STAKES
Love You Lucy blew most players out of the Quaddie when she rattled home to take out the Quincy Dane Ripper Stakes (1400 metres).
The Barry Squair-trained runner got up at $41 on TAB Fixed Odds, with Glen Colless timing his run perfectly to beat River Racer ($23) and Winter Bride ($6.50-$5) were close up in a thrilling finish with Jen Rules ($15) close up in fourth spot. One customer was particular pleased with the result after they collected over $40,000 on the win.
Irithea ($4.20-$7) was favourite in the morning but drifted all day while Outback Barbie ($7.50), which opened $11 on Wednesday, and Baccarat Baby ($8) were the two most popular runners.
BETS: Love You Lucy $500 @ $51, $1,100 @ $41