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.
3YO MAGIC MILLIONS
Isotope $4.50-$3f (after winning Gold Edition @ Doomben)
Away Game $8-$6
Forbidden Love $9-$11
Our Playboy $26-$51
Paulele $26-$17 (after winning r1 @ Randwick)
Most of the big money was riding on Godolphin youngster Paulele for the running of the Precise Air Handicap (1200 metres).
One of the better tried runners on the program, Paulele opened at $2.10 and touched $1.95 before jumping an even money fav.
Leading throughout with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, Paulele went around with nearly half the total investment on the race and more than double the amount of money that was riding on second pick, Zarastro ($5).
BETS: Paulele $22,500 @ $2
The move for Rich And Shameless paid dividends in the TAB Highway Class 2 Handicap (1300 metres).
The Scott Singleton runner was $14 in the morning and stayed double figures for most of the day, however, punters kept chipping away at the gelding which eventually saw him start a $9 chance after bottoming out at $8.
Designer Dance ($18) and Nuremburg Castle ($4.60-$3.80-$4.80) filled the minors with the latter going around as the most popular horse.
Of the others, Westgrove ($9-$6.50) was a significant firm but Perfect Pitch ($4.60-$6.50) went from being equal fav to a noted drifter.
BETS: Rich And Shameless $1,000 @ $9
BETS: Westgrove $1,000 @ $6.50
The money seemed to be spot on for the running of the TAB Highway Class 2 Handicap (1300 metres).
Another One, out of the Gary Colvin yard, went from $4.40-$5-$4.60 on the day and was the second most popular runner in terms of money taken. Kattegat, the runner-up, went around as $3.80 fav and held more money than anything else. In fact, it was nearly twice as popular as the winner.
Clay Pan Boogie, which wound up third, was an $8 and had plenty of admirers too .
BETS: Loving Cilla $1,000 @ $6
One of the most significant movers in the race, Gone Bye, ran right up to that support by outlasting his opposition in the Schembrae’s @ Blueberry Hills Handicap (2000 metres).
The Mark Newnham-trained galloper opened the day at $4.60 but constant support throughout the day saw him touch $3 briefly, giving him favouritism. The gelding then got back out to $3.70 at the jump, pushing him onto the second line of betting behind Accountability ($2.70-$3.60).
Parry Sound ($9-$11) and Trevelyan ($21-$23-$19) filled second and third respectively.
BETS: Accountability $1,840 @ $3.50, $1,400 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Gone Bye $1,500 e/w @ $3.70/$1.65
BETS: Vadiyann $1,700 @ $6
New Arrangement scored somewhat of a minor upset in the SKY Racing Active Handicap (1600 metres).
It seemed as though most of the country was riding Fulmina to victory, however, the mare couldn’t get into it from the rear of the field.
Fulmina ($2.40-$1.85-$1.95) was the best supported galloper across Australia and held a whopping 63 percent of the total investment here. She was more than four times as popular as the winner, New Arrangement ($5.50).
BETS: New Arrangement $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Fulmina $2,000 @ $1.95 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $1.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $1.90
Saigon ($7-$8.50) had its share of admirers in the Ranvet Handicap (1400 metres).
Out of the Chris Waller barn, Saigon was a slight drifter as most of the attention focused on Sausedge ($6-$4.40-$5) and Vitesse ($4-$5-$4.80) while Bring The Ransom ($6.50-$7.50-$6.50) was the only other runner to hold six figures.
It was a very strong betting race with Maui Girl ($9-$7.50-$8.50) and Helga ($10-$7.50) being backed also.
BETS: Saigon $2,000 @ $8.50
BETS: Vitesse $1,500 @ $4.80
BETS: Sausedge $1,500 @ $5
The specking throughout the week for Our Bellagio Miss paid off after the running of the City Tattersalls Club Handicap (1000 metres).
TAB went up $21 about the Greg Hickman-trained mare on Wednesday and she was actually one of the first horses backed. Continuing to firm through Thursday and Friday, she was hovering around $10-$11 mark for most of today and actually went around as the third most popular horse in terms of money held.
Sallys Day ($3.90) was in a similar boat after being support at $5.50 (opening price) earlier in the week but that support continued into today. There was very little between her and Lashes ($4-$3.70 late) in terms of the hold. The pair were responsible for 56 percent of the market.
BETS: Lashes $2,500 @ $4, $2,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4, $1,500 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.80 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Human Nature $1,000 @ $6, $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Sallys Day $2,000 e/w @ $3.90/$1.60, $2,000 e/w @ $3.70/$1.55
BETS: Mission River $1,500 @ $8
Punters had the Bisley Workwear Handicap (1400 metres) billed as a race in two and that is how it certainly panned out.
Hilo ($4-$3.10 fav) took favouritism off Edison late in betting after attracting approximately 25 percent more money on the day. Overall, the pair were responsible for 59 percent of the total investment.
Edison ($3.10-$3.20) didn’t move a great deal in the market but had plenty of admirers. The quinella pair were the only two horses to have held six figures.
BETS: Edison $1,600 @ $3.20, $4,000 @ $3.10
BETS: Hilo $3,000 @ $3.10 TWICE
BETS: Cradle Mountain $1,000 @ $17, $1,000 @ $16
BETS: Badoosh $1,000 @ $11
The faithful were repaid after Big Parade was an impressive winner of the Heineken Handicap (1200 metres).
Heavily tried first-up, Big Parade was costly but those who backed up were rewarded. The Mark Newnham galloper was $4.20-$3.50 on the day and one of the more significant movers in a great betting race.
Kordia ($12-$6-$8) had been the popular elect for most of the week but the steam behind the move ran out of puff closer to ump time. Mo’s Crown ($4.40-$3.70) was well tried on the day as was Poetic Charmer ($8.50).
BETS: Big Parade $1,000 @ $3.70, $2,000 @ 43.60, $2,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Kordia $2,500 @ $7.50, $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Mo’s Crown $2,500 e/w @ $3.80/$1.65, $1,000 @ $3.70
BETS: True Detective $1,000 @ $19
BETS: Poetic Charmer $1,000 @ $8, $1,000 @ $7.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Threeood $2,000 x $500 e/w @ $11/$3
It was an upset in the Schweppes Handicap (1400 metres) with Bluff N Blaster finishing best to get up at $19 on TAB Fixed Odds.
The Jason Coyle-trained gelding was actually one of the first horses backed earlier in the week, opening at $26 and peaking at $31. Layed at big odds, Bluff N Bluster touched $7.50 on Friday but blew right back out to $19 at the jump.
Most of the attention here was on Arabian Hussey ($5.50-$3.50 fav) and More Prophets ($4.60-$3.80) with the pair commanding 55 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Bluff N Bluster
BETS: Arabian Hussey $2,000 @ $3.80, $1,500 e/w @ $3.80/$1.60, $1,000 e/w @ $3.80/$1.70, $1,000 @ $3.80, $2,500 e/w @ $3.70/$1.65, $3,000 @ $3.60
BETS: More Prophets $3,000 @ $4
BETS: Angel Helena $1,000 @ $23
The TAB Werribee Cup winner Wentwood was able to just get the better of Princess Jenni.
Despite winning last start, Wentwood eased on raceday from $6.50 to $9.50.
Princess Jenni was supported early on raceday from $4.60 to $3.70 before easing late to $4.40.
One bet of $5000 at $4.60 was placed on Princess Jenni.
Third placegetter Djukon was supported late in betting from as much as $6.50 to $5.
Unplaced favourite Bartholomeu Dias was well fancied late from $2.80 to $2.50.
Written Miss was able to hold off her rivals and register three wins from three starts.
Written Miss was easy as raceday favourite from as short as $2.15 to $2.60.
Runner-up Pioneer River was as much as $10 on raceday and closed $9.
Third placegetter Zion received late backing from $5.50 to $4.40 second elect.
Hickok ($4.80-$5.50), Mr Moppett ($6.50-$7.50) and San Marino ($13-$9.50) were unplaced.
BETS: Written Miss $1,200 @ $2.50
Zou Dancer – victorious at Dunkeld two starts back – was too strong for Sensationalisation.
The John Allen-ridden Zou Dancer was slightly easy on raceday from $5 to $6.
Sensationalisation was well backed prior to raceday before drifting from $2.70 to $4.
One wager of $5000 at $2.70 was placed on Sensationalisation.
Third placegetter Bella Tiara hovered around the $6.50-$7.50 mark before closing $7.
The raceday support for Thunder Peak ($10 to $6.50) failed to materialise.
BETS: Sensationalisation $3,000 @ $2.90
In his first Australian start, the Peter Gelagotis-trained Long Arm proved too strong.
Even though he won two of his three starts, Long Arm drifted on raceday from $5 to $8.50.
Third placegetter Skiddaw hovered between $3.60-$3.80 before closing $3.80 favourite.
One bet of $4500 at $3.70 was placed on Skiddaw to prevail.
The strong raceday support for Aussie Nugget ($7 to $4.20) did not pay dividends.
Runner-up Think ‘n’ Fly eased from $9 to $11 before closing $10.
BETS: Skiddaw $4,500 @ $3.70
In a driving finish, Seberate managed to nab King Magnus on the line.
Seberate managed to land the plunge having been supported from $18 to $8.50 on raceday.
Runner-up King Magnus closed $6 favourite after drifting from as short as $4.20.
The unplaced Saccharo was $6 for the majority of raceday before easing to $7.
Banger was well fancied on raceday from $15 to $6.50 but failed to figure in the placings.
Wicklow Town (as short as $7 to $8.50) was the third placegetter.
BETS: Saccharo $1,100 @ $6.50, $1,500 @ $6
BETS: Banger $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Wicklow Town $1,000 @ $8.50
In an open affair to commence the Quaddie, Lunakorn was victorious with Jamie Kah aboard.
Lunakorn was solid around the $6-$6.50 mark on raceday before closing $6.
One TAB punter placed $4000 at $6.50 on Lunakorn in the last five minutes of betting.
Unplaced favourite Ocean’s Thirteen eased on raceday from 3.40 to $4.40.
Ocean’s Thirteen attracted one wager of $4000 at $3.40.
Runner-up Re Edit ($4 to $5) was another galloper that drifted on raceday.
Librate ($23 to $31) finished third.
BETS: Lunakorn $4,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Re Edit $1,500 @ $5, $1,500 e/w @ $4.60/$1.90
BETS: Oceans Thirteen $4,000 @ $3.40
Favourite punters were on good terms with themselves after Defiant Dancer strolled to victory.
Defiant Dancer was well supported when $4.80 was posted on Wednesday.
Defiant Dancer firmed as favourite on raceday from $3.40 to $2.50.
Runner-up Riding The Wave eased from $5 to $7 on raceday.
The unplaced second favourite Can’t Be Done drifted slightly from $5 to $6.
Holbien ($26 to $19 on raceday) was the third placegetter.
BETS: Defiant Dancer $2,000 @ $2.50
Vassilator sprouted wings in the last 150 metres to win at a double-figure price.
Vassilator drifted on raceday from $13 to $19 and knocked many punters out of the Quaddie.
Unplaced favourite Titan Blinders was as short as $2.70 on raceday and closed $2.90.
Titan Blinders did touch $3 and one customer placed a $4000 wager at that price.
Second elect Over Exposure tightened on raceday from $8.50 to $5 but only managed third.
The unplaced Galaxy Raider – $6 to $8.50 – was the other galloper to close in single figures.
Polanco ($26) was the runner-up.
Backers of Sword Of Mercy were rewarded with the Sebring mare winning her fourth race.
Sword Of Mercy shortened on raceday from $5.50 to $4.40 second elect.
Unplaced favourite Overkill was constant around $3.40-$3.50 for most of raceday (closed $3.40).
Late bets of $4000 at $3.40 and $3.30 were placed on Overkill.
Third placegetter Fine Dane was specked late from as much as $9 to $7.50.
The long-range plonk on Causeway Girl (opened $26 on Wednesday; closed $10) did not come off.
China Affair (as short as $11 to $14 on raceday) was the runner-up.
BETS: China Affair $1,000 @ $14, $1,100 @ $12, $2,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $11/$3.30, $1,000 @ $11
BETS: Sword Of Mercy $1,000 @ $4.60, $2,000 e/w @ $4.20/$1.80