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.
Smart Image $51-$26 (after winning r1 @ Rosehill)
Mugatoo $11-$8 eq fav (after winning the Winter Challenge @ Rosehill)
Korcho $51-$26 (after winning r5 @ Rosehill)
Parlophone $51-$15 (after winning TAB Lightning @ Morphettville)
The money and market move was spot on for the running of the SKY Racing Active Handicap (1200 metres).
Early in the week TAB had Smart Image and Hot ‘n’ Hazy as equal $4.60 favourites but weight of money saw the latter take over at the top of betting.
Opening the day as a $3.10 favourite, Hot ‘n’ Hazy blew dramatically out to $7 as the big money came for Smart Image ($3.80-$2.40-$2.70).
The pair held a whopping 75 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Smart Image $1,034 @ $3.90, $1,579 @ $2.90, $5,000 @ $2.60, $3,000 @ $2.60, $1,250 @ $2.60, $1,100 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Hot ‘n’ hazy $1,250 @ $6, $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Shaik $1,000 @ $9
Freehearted didn’t attract much interest for the running of the Xtravagant At Newhaven Park Sprint (1200 metres).
Hovering around the $15-$16 mark, Freehearted jumped at the latter quote and thanks to a ducking and weaving ride by Glyn Schofield was able to nail them late.
Jay Jay D’ar ($19-$17) and Tardis ($26 on Wednesday, $11 today) added plenty of spice to the exotics.
The three most popular runners, which all held six figures, were Lillemor ($4.20-$4.80), Willowheart ($4.60-$5) and In Lighten Me ($5.50) all failed to figure in the placings.
BETS: Willowheart $1,000 @ $4.80
BETS: Tardis $1,000 @ $11
BETS: Super Oasis $1,000 @ $5.50 TWICE
BETS: Lillemor $1,000 @ $4.80 TWICE
Despite a big drift in betting, Eiger proved best in the TAB Highway Class 3 Plate (1500 metres).
The Brett Cavanough-trained gelding was $6.50 in the morning but got out to $12 at the jump after peaking at $13 just minutes out from the jump.
Jason Collett timed his run perfectly on the three-year-old as the pair charged down Zakeriz ($11-$7.50) which had been tried at eachway odds. Bajan Gold, which was running on strongly late, gave his backers plenty to cheer about when filling a hole after going $31-$15.
Vibrant Knight ($7) went around as the most popular runner in front of Group Think ($7.50-$6.50) while Morpheus ($5.50) had plenty of admirers.
BETS: Vibrant Knight $1,000 @ $7, $2,500 @ $6, $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Zakeriz $1,000 @ $8
BETS: Morpheus $1,500 x $6,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2.20, $1,000 @ $5.50 TWICE
Eduardo held a third of the money that the favourite did in the July Sprint (1100 metres).
That meant that Roheryn ($2.25-$2.40) jumped a clear favourite over Eduardo ($3-$3.90-$3.70) with the pair easily the two most popular in terms of money held.
Doing all the work on the speed, the gelding now with Joe Pride fought on strongly to beat Roheryn which flashed home late from last. Glenall ($6) filled the minor end of the prize and was best tried of the others. Star Boy ($11-$9-$10) attracted some interest.
BETS: Eduardo $1,000 @ $3.80 TWICE, $1,000 @ $3.70
BETS: Star Boy $1,000 @ $10
BETS: Roheryn $2,000 @ $2.40 TWICE, $1,000 @ $2.40, $1,500 @ $2.30, $4,000 @ $2.25, $2,000 @ $2.25, $2,000 @ $2.25
Punters knew what they were doing in the ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation Handicap (2400 metres).
Korcho opened $5 on Wednesday and immediately came in for support. This morning, $4.20 was on the table and after bottoming out at $3.40, the Kris Lees import was the $3.70 favourite.
He held the most money here and represented 33 percent of the market. Loveseat ($4.60) was very popular and was best tried of the others.
BETS: Korcho $1,000 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $3.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.60 TWICE, $1,000 @ $3.50 TWICE
BETS: Loveseat $2,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.60 TWICE
BETS: Birth of Venus $1,000 @ $9.50
BETS: Desert Path $1,000 @ $7
Dancing Gidget stormed home to take out the TAB Handicap (1400 metres).
Running up to the support which came for her during the week, Dancing Gidget ($6 on Wednesday, $4.40-$5 today) came with a sweeping run for Hugh Bowman to land the prize.
The Chris Waller mare was the second best tried runner in the race but held a quarter of what race favourite Travest ($3.20-$2.90-$3.10) did.
Frosty Rocks ($6.50-$5.50-$6.50) had admirers once again while the placegetters Papal Warrior ($10-$9.50) and Academy ($10) were specked.
BETS: Dancing Gidget $1,000 e/w @ $5/$1.84, $1,000 @ $4.80
BETS: Frosty Rocks $1,500 @ $6, $6,000 @ $2.10 PLACE
BETS: Travest $1,800 @ $3.10, $2,600 @ $3, $2,150 @ $3, $1,500 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3, $1,000 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.70
Mugatoo was the subject of a late rally in the Iron Jack Winter Challenge (1500 metres).
The Kris Lees runner had been a drifter for the most part but after getting to $5, weight of money saw it start an equal $4.60 favourite with Order Again.
TAB had initially gone up $3.80 for Mugatoo when markets opened on Wednesday.
Order Again was the best tried after going $6.50 (on Wednesday) into $5 today, before further moves throughout the afternoon saw it share top spot with Mugatoo.
Noble Boy ($5.50) was the third most popular runner while there were moves at odds for Sambro ($16-$11), Special Missile ($12-$8) and Dealmaker ($8-$7.50).
BETS: Mugatoo $1,700 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Noble Boy $5,000 @ $5
BETS: Order Again $1,000 @ $4.80
Poetic Charmer drifted in betting but still attracted some handy investments.
The Team Snowden runner went $7-$9 on the day but was the fourth most popular horse in the race.
Prime Candidate ($3.70-$3.50 fav) had been a decent push all day and was nearly four times as popular as anything else.
Outback Diva ($4.40) and True Detective ($5.50) were best tried outside the fav.
BETS: Prime Candidate $1,000 @ $3.70, $3,000 @ $3.60, $1,000 @ $3.60, $1,000 @ $3.50
Varda delivered a good result for favourite backers in the final event on the card – the Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1100 metres).
Commanding just over half the investment on the race, Varda ($2.25-$2.70) did get the blows late thanks to the support for Partners ($9-$6).
The pair finished one-two but it was the win of Varda that landed a number of big bets and multis.
BETS: Varda $4,500 @ $2.60, $1,700 @ $2.50, $1,000 @ $2.50, $4,000 @ $2.40
Punters got off on the wrong foot at Caulfield with the heavily tried Tavidance failing to run a drum.
The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained runner was one of the best backed horses on the program, holding well over half the total investment and going around nearly five times as popular as anything else here.
Tavidance was backed from even money into $1.80 favourite.
Skyman ($19-$23) didn’t have a great deal of admirers and held just a fraction of what the winner did.
BETS: Heavenly Emperor $1,000 @ $7.50, $2,000 x $2,090 e/w @ $7/$1.90
BETS: Tavidance $2,100 @ $1.85, $1,100 @ $1.85, $1,000 @ $1.85 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $1.80
BETS: No Say In It $1,000 @ $6
In what was a fairly open betting affair, Flinders River finished best under Craig Williams to take out the Brendan Dart VOBIS Gold Ingot (1400 metres).
Flinders River ($5.50) was the third most popular runner behind Sensationalisation ($4-$4.40) and Zesty Belle ($4-$4.40).
Of the rest, Write The Score ($9-$7.50) was best of the others after being constantly specked at the eachway odds all morning.
BETS: Flinders River $1,000 @ $6, $1,000 e/w @ $5.50/$1.95
BETS: Write The Score $2,000 @ $8, $1,000 @ $8
BETS: Zesty Belle $2,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Sensationalisation $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES
The late push for Shes A Thief paid dividends in the third event on the card.
After peaking at $8, a late rally saw the daughter of Showcasing start at $6.50 and after spearing to the lead, she never looked like being beaten.
Rated a treat by Daniel Stackhouse, She’s A Thief went on to beat Sword Of Mercy ($6.50) and Causeway Girl ($19).
Our Campana ($3.10-$2.80-$3.70) was easily most popular but got the blows late while Propelle ($4.60) was well tried once again. Our Campana was nearly twice as popular as anything else.
Of the rest, River Jewel ($10-$6.50) was one of the better firmers in the race.
BETS: She’s A Thief $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Our Campana $1,000 @ $3.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $3, $1,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Propelle $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $3.90
BETS: River Jewel $1,000 @ $6.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
High Emocean had its share of admirers for the running of the Mark Needham Handicap (2394 metres) and landed some nice bets as a result.
Storming home out wide on the track for Teo Nugent, High Emocean swept past Persan ($3-$4-$3.70) over the concluding stages. The runner-up was the most popular horse in the race in front of Grinzinger Allee ($3.60-$4) with Lord Bouzeron ($5), which led, hanging on for third after attracting strong support late.
BETS: High Emocean $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Grinzinger Allee $2,720 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.70
BETS: Rebel Racer $1,000 e/w @ $16/$3.70
BETS: Lord Bouzeron $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80
BETS: Persan $2,000 @ $4, $2,500 @ $3.90, $1,200 @ $3.10, $1,800 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3
Chassis landed some big bets when storming home in the Elizabeth Mooney Handicap (1200 metres).
The John Price-trained runner got the blows late in betting after being as low as $4.60 this morning, eventually jumping a $5.50 chance.
Despite the drift the filly held the most money in front of Rich Hips ($5) with the pair finishing one-two at the finish.
Shush ($11) wound up in third. Finesse Tess, on the heels of the placegetters after being wide, was the best firmer having gone $10-$5 on the day.
BETS: Chassis $5,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80, $4,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Finesse Tess $1,000 @ $5.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
TAB customers were spot on with Viridine in The Bletchingly Stakes.
The Godolphin runner was responsible for 65 percent of the total investment.
In terms of weight of money, no horse held more money than Viridine which meant that it was a sickening result for TAB and one of joy for punters.
Going around as a dominant $2.50 favourite, Viridine was nearly eight times as popular as the big mover in the market, and second most popular horse, in Streets Of Avalon ($4.60).
BETS: Viridine $50,000 @ $2.30, $9,000 @ $2.30, $3,700 @ $2.10
Mahamedeis was confidently supported all week and did the right thing his backers in the Laurelle Owens VOBIS Gold Stayers (2394 metres).
TAB went up $5.50 on Wednesday which was snapped up pretty quick.
Today, $3.70 was still on the table in the morning but by race time, $2.60 was the best price available.
Such was the weight of money on the Nick Ryan-trained runner that he was nearly twice as popular as the next best supported horse which was Sasko ($4.60-$5.50).
Mahamedeis accounted for 42 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Mahamedeis $2,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $2.60
BETS: Fanciful Toff $2,000 @ $7
Mystery Shot was one of the best moves all week and did the right thing by punters to end the day on a high at Caulfield.
TAB went up $3.20 on Wednesday and within minutes, the price was snapped up and $2.40 was being offered. Support continued Thursday through to Saturday morning when $1.90 was available at 9am today.
TAB customers weren’t concerned with the short quote and continued to pile into the Lindsey Smith runner, send it around as a hot $1.65 fav.
Commanding 65 percent of the money, Mystery Shot won easily for Michael Rodd and landed countless big bets and multis. It was a terrible result for TAB especially following on from the Viridine win two races earlier.
BETS: Mystery Shot $2,000 @ $1.90, $5,000 @ $1.80, $2,600 @ $1.80, $2,500 @ $1.80, $1,600 @ $1.80, $1,400 @ $1.80, $9,000 @ $1.75, $4,685 @ $1.70, $9,737 @ $1.65, $5,585 @ $1.65