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.
Artorius $51-$15 (after winning r1 @ Sandown)
Stay Inside $101-$26 (after winning r1 @ Randwick)
Sacramento $51-$26 (after winning r6 @ Randwick)
Stay Inside $101-$26 (after winning r1 @ Randwick)
Favourite backers were sent packing in The Paul Hoffman Handicap (1000 metres) as Stay Inside pulled off a nice betting move.
Ashema ($3.10) opened $2.80 favourite on Wednesday and was clearly the most popular runner in terms of money held, accounting for approximately 33 percent of the total investment.
Headliner ($12-$6-$5.50), double figures when opening, was the second most popular runner in front of Arthur Francis ($3.30-$5.50) which blew dramatically late in betting.
Stay Inside ($16 this morning) was specked at the price and was one of the notable firmers in betting, jumping a $6.50 pop.
BETS: Ashema $2,000 @ $3.30, $1,250 @ $3.20
Art Cadeau defied the drift to finish strongly and take out the first of the two TAB Highways on the Randwick card.
TAB went up $2.70 about the Terry Robinson runner earlier in the week but it continued to drift as support came for others including Amicus Curiae and Water Dove.
Peaking at $3.50 today, a late rally for Art Cadeau saw it start $3.40 and second pick in the market after losing favouritism to Water Dove.
The Brett Cavanough-trained fav was $8 on Wednesday and crunched into $3.30 today. It held 42 percent of the total investment. Amicus Curiae, $11 on Wednesday, was the best tried runner most of the week but the steam behind the move ran out today.
BETS: Art Cadeau $3,500 @ $3.50
BETS: Water Dove $2,500 @ $3.70, $1,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $3.60/$1.55, $1,000 @ $3.50
Despite being a noted drifter in betting, The First Of May was able to lead throughout to win the TAB Highway Handicap (1100 metres).
The Cody Morgan-trained runner was $4 this morning and although attracting her share of admirers, blew all the way out to $9 by start time.
Rated a treat in front by Tommy Berry, who racked up a running double, The First Of May held off the big mover in betting Katgully Red ($15-$5.50) to score in style.
Southern Appeal ($10) filled the minor end of the prize in front of Fantini ($9-$5.50).
The bulk of the money, 46 percent of it in fact, sat with Melik ($2.50-$3) which kept getting out in the market.
BETS: Melik $3,000 @ $3, $1,300 @ $2.90
BETS: Fantini $1,000 @ $7
Favourite backers got back on track thanks to an all-the-way win by The Face in the ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap (1100 metres).
One of the best supported runners all day, The Face ($2.30) went around two-and-a-half times as popular as the second pick in the market in Emanate ($5.50-$4.60-$5). Overall, The Face was responsible for 45 percent of the total investment.
Valaquenta ($7) and Osamu ($6.50) were both drifters for the majority of the week after opening $4.60 respectively on Wednesday.
BETS: The Face $5,000 @ $2.30, $2,400 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.30
BETS: Emanate $5,500 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $4.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 e/w @ $4.60/$1.55
The very late push for Rocketing By paid dividends in the Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap (1100 metres).
Although attracting some support earlier in the week, today he went $4.60-$5 mainly because of the big support for Rule Of Law ($3-$2.10-$2.30) but late backing for Rocketing By saw it come into $4.20.
Slicing through an opening midway down the stretch, the David Pfieffer-trained runner sprinted clear to score impressively over Rule Of Law, with Orpheum ($23) running third.
Rule Of Law held just under half the money and was responsible for more than twice the amount riding on the winner. Of the others, Super Effort ($5.50-$4.40) had plenty of admirers.
BETS: Rocketing By $1,500 @ $4.60
BETS: Rule Of Law $1,000 @ $2.10 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Super Effort $1,300 @ $5.50
One of the most popular runners all day delivered a huge blow to TAB when leading throughout to win the Heineken Handicap (2000 metres).
Always in command of favouritism, Sacramento actually drifted slightly in betting today after opening $3. He would eventually start $3.40 and was $2.90 on Wednesday.
Although there were moves at different stages against the Waterhouse & Bott runner, TAB customers were more than willing to keep putting the money on Sacramento no matter the price on offer.
Sam Clipperton rated him a treat and the horse did the rest to easily hold New Arrangement ($4.60-$3.50-$4.20) and Kiss The Bride ($8-$5.50-$6.50).
The son of Pierro was responsible for 45 percent of the market and was two-and-half times as popular as New Arrangement, which was next best tried.
Of the others, there was a push at longer odds for California Longbow ($13-$6.50).
BETS: Sacramento $5,000 @ $3.40, $3,000 @ $3.40, $1,250 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.20, $7,000 @ $3, $9,900 @ $1.50 PLACE
BETS: New Arrangement $2,000 e/w @ $4/$1.65, $1,200 e/w @ $4/$1.65, $1,500 @ $3.80, $1,071 @ $3.80, $1,200 @ $3.60
BETS: California Longbow $1,000 @ $7, $1,500 e/w @ $6.50/$2.10
BETS: On The White Turf $1,000 @ $19 TWICE
Followers of SKY’s Lizzie Jelfs were on good terms with themselves after the running of the SKY Racing Active Handicap (1400 metres).
Lizzie put Le Lude as her pick of the yard and the John Thompson runner firmed late to start a $10 chance. At one point earlier in the day, $14 was being offered about the daughter of Lope De Vega.
Ulysses ($3.70) led and battled on for second and went around as easily the most popular runner in terms of money held. Outback Diva ($10-$7.50) ran right up to the support for her during the day to wind up third.
St Covet’s Spirit ($8-$5.50) was a notable firmer but couldn’t get a crack at them while Blondeau, the $3.70 fav this morning, blew right out to $6.50 at the jump.
BETS: Outback Diva $2,000 @ $9, $1,000 @ $8, $3,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Sausedge $1,000 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $5.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: St Covets Spirit $2,000 e/w @ $5.50/$1.90, $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Ulysses $3,000 @ $3.70, $2,036 @ $3.70, $2,000 @ $3.70
BETS: Zegalo $1,000 e/w @ $9/$2.60
The confidently backed favourite Bandersnatch did the right thing for those taking the shorts in the Fujitsu General Carrington Stakes (1400 metres).
Going around nearly four times as popular as anything else in the Listed feature, Bandersnatch ($2.70-$2.20-$2.40) finished best after a good run just off the speed to overpower Quackerjack ($10-$17) and land some serious bets.
Thy Kingdom Come ($17) drifted all week after opening $8 on Wednesday but still hit the line nicely for third.
Order Again, which was one of the first horses backed on Wednesday when $8 was posted, was $5.50-$6 today but had plenty of support at the eachway odds. Chat ($4.60-$3.50-$4.40) was also an early firmer but got the blows today.
BETS: Bandersnatch $1,750 @ $2.70, $5,000 @ $2.40, $2,500 @ $2.40, $1,500 @ $2.40, $1,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $2.30
BETS: Order Again $1,000 e/w @ $6.50/$1.90, $1,500 @ $6, $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Chat $1,500 @ $4.60
In a very open affair, Invinciano led throughout to win the TAB Handicap (1600 metres).
The Joe Pride runner wasn’t totally friendless in betting either, having opened $26 on Wednesday with its price fluctuating between $12-$15 today before jumping at the latter.
Rated a treat by Brenton Avdulla, the pair held off the big finish of Game Of Thorns ($14) with Helga winding up third to add plenty of value to the trifecta at $23.
In a race where there were a number of betting moves, Strawb ($12-$8), Bowery Breeze (10-$6.50-$7), Dame Kiri ($14-$10-$11), Majella ($15-$6-$8) all came in for backing while Zing, although popular, drifted from $4-$6.
Selica, which opened $11 on Wednesday, bottomed out at $4.80 before getting back out to $6.50.
BETS: Strawb $1,000 @ $10, $2,000 @ $9.50, $7,800 @ $3 PLACE
BETS: Dame Kiri $1,000 x $2,500 e/w @ $11/$3.40
BETS: Bowery Breeze $1,000 e/w @ $7.50/$2.50, $1,000 @ $7
Most punters were blown away after Soldier Of Love managed to keep on kicking to take out the Drinkwise Mile (1600 metres).
Bjorn Baker’s stable rep went from $15 all the way out to $26 and didn’t attract much support at all. Most of the money here was riding with All Time Legend ($2.40-$3.10-$2.70) which peaked at $3.10 before strong money arrived in the final five minutes of betting.
Overall, All Time Legend accounted for 56 percent of the money.
Snowfire was best tried to beat the fav after going $5.50-$4.20 on the day, however, it held a fifth of the money that All Time Legend did.
BETS: All Time Legend $3,500 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.90, $2,000 @ $2.90, $1,500 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80, MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.50
BETS: Snowfire $2,000 e/w @ $4.40/$1.70
BETS: Betcha Flying $2,500 x $4,000 e/w @ $7.50/$2.30
The big ‘go’ on Artorius was justified after a breathtaking victory in the opening race.
Artorius opened $7 on Wednesday and the colt eventually closed the $3.40 favourite.
Artorius was still $4.40 on Friday morning and $3.60 was available on raceday.
Original favourite Picarones opened $2.70 on Wednesday and drifted to $4.20 on raceday.
Picarones was the third placegetter with El Rocko ($17) separating the top two in the market.
The fourth-placed Pounding was backed on raceday from $19 to $10.
BETS: Artorius $2,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2 (taken earlier in the week), $3,500 @ $3.50, $2,000 @ $3.40
BETS: Picarones $1,000 @ $4.20 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Shadow Heart $1,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $6.50/$2
Unfortunately for favourite backers, Irish Butterfly flew too late in the second race.
Irish Butterfly was backed on raceday from $3 to as short as $2.50 before closing $2.80.
Irish Butterfly received 55 percent of support from TAB punters on raceday.
The victorious Galactus hovered around $7.50-$8 on raceday (closed $7.50).
Fourth placegetter Ellis Park tightened late from as much as $8.50 to $6.50.
Dune Field ($5 to $6 on raceday) finished third.
BETS: Irish Butterfly $2,500 @ $2.80
BETS: Dune Field $2,000 @ $6
After being challenged at the 100m mark, Second Slip managed to thwart his rivals.
Second Slip was well fancied on raceday from $3.70 to $3.40 favourite (touched $3.30).
One TAB customer placed a $5000 wager at $3.30 on Second Slip.
Third placegetter Imperial Lad drifted on raceday from $3.40 favourite to $4.20 second elect.
Runner-up Triton Rising firmed late in betting from $8.50 to $7.50.
Fourth placegetter Indispensable ($5.50 to $7) was easy on raceday.
BETS: Second Slip $5,000 @ $3.30, $3,000 @ $3.30
Mosh Music proved to be the superior stayer and snared her first win since September 2019.
In an open affair, Mosh Music drifted on raceday from $3.90 to $6.
Runner-up Double You Tee was $3.60 out to $4.80 before trimming late to $4.40.
Third placegetter Bartholomeu Dias touched $4.40 before firming late to $3.90.
The fourth-placed Stars Of Carrum shortened on raceday from $4.80 to $3.80 favourite.
BETS: Mosh Music $2,000 @ $5, $1,500 e/w @ $4.20/$2.20
BETS: Djukon $2,000 @ $7
BETS: Stars Of Carrum $2,000 @ $3.80, $1,750 @ $3.70
BETS: Bartholomeu Dias $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES
The majority of punters were left to lament the performance of third-placed Quantum Mechanic.
Quantum Mechanic was a commanding favourite despite easing on raceday from $2 to $2.40.
The most notable raceday bet on Quantum Mechanic was a $7000 wager at $2.25.
Quantum Mechanic accounted for 62 percent of the win hold with TAB Fixed Odds.
The victorious Kansino was backed from $8 to $5.50 and the firm proved to be rewarding.
Runner-up Intellective drifted from $6.50 to $8 before closing $7.50.
BETS: $7,000 @ $2.25, $1,000 @ $2.20, $4,000 @ $2.15, $4,500 @ $2
Milton Park defied the late drift to register consecutive victories in the first leg of the Quaddie.
Milton Park was supported early on raceday to as short as $2.50 before easing late to $2.80.
One bet of $10,000 at $2.80 was placed on the favourite just before the barriers opened.
Runner-up Bella Tiara received the late backing to shorten from $3.50 to $3.
The support for Bella Tiara included a $6000 wager at $3.
Still Be Friends ($11) was the third placegetter.
Pig In Mud ($4 to $3.60 late in betting) failed to flatter.
BETS: Milton Park $10,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Pig In Mud $2,000 e/w @ $4/$2
Favourite backers were breathing a sigh of relief when Grinzinger Allee held off Holbien.
55 percent of the money held with TAB was placed on Grinzinger Allee.
After being as short as $2, Grinzinger Allee eased to $2.40 late before closing $2.30.
The most notable raceday bet was a $12,510 wager at $2.40 on Grinzinger Allee.
Bets of $8400 at $2.40 and $8000 at $2.10 were also placed on Grinzinger Allee.
Runner-up Holbien ($17 to $14) received specking on raceday.
Third placegetter Fundraiser drifted on raceday from $3.70 to $4.20.
Caffrey finished fourth having eased on raceday from $3.60 $4.80 (touched $5).
BETS: Grinzinger Allee $12,510 @ $2.40, $8,400 @ $2.40, $3,000 @ $2.40, $3,300 @ $2.30, $2,000 e/w @ $2.30/$1.14, $2,000 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.25
BETS: Caffrey $5,000 @ $4.80
BETS: Fundraiser $2,000 @ $4.20 TWICE
The late backing for King Magnus proved to be correct as the gelding won his fourth race.
After the scratching of Heart Of Puissance, King Magnus firmed from $6.50 to $4.80 favourite.
War Critic became the favourite following the scratching of Heart Of Puissance.
War Critic drifted late from $4.60 to $5.50 and finished out of the placings.
The unplaced Spud firmed late in betting from $7.50 to $6.50.
One bet of $5000 at $7 was wagered on Whittington Stone; another unplaced galloper.
Runner-up Translator eased from $7.50 to $9 in late betting.
Third placegetter Jesta Dreama drifted from $13 to $26 after Heart Of Puissance was withdrawn.
There were plenty of cheers in the last race with the favourite Ididitforlove saluting.
Ididitforlove was backed from $4.60 to as short as $3.30 before getting out late to $3.80.
China Affair – $4.60 equal favourite with Ididitforlove on raceday morning – drifted to $7.
Third placegetter Not Enough Effort shortened late in betting from $6 to $5.
The unplaced Pariano (as much as $9 to $6.50) was fancied on raceday.
Propelle (as short as $7 to $8 on raceday) was the runner-up.
BETS: Ididitforlove $1,000 @ $4 TWICE, $1,000 @ $3.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $3,000 e/w @ $3.50/$1.60, $1,000 @ $3.50, $2,000 @ $3.40
BETS: Fine Dane $1,500 x $4,000 e/w @ $9.50/$2.90
BETS: Not Enough Effort $3,000 @ $5