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.
Lord Von Costa $26-$11 (after winning race 5 @ Flemington)
Edison benefitted from having a good run on the speed by taking out the Newhaven Park Handicap (1300 metres).
The Bjorn Baker-trained runner had some backing at the eachway odds and went $7.50-$8.50 on the day, however, he was overshadowed (like most of the field) by Travest.
Travest ($2.40 fav) was backed in from $2.60 in the morning and briefly touched $2.30. He went around with nearly 70 percent of the money but couldn’t make up sufficient headway after being last on the home turn.
BETS: Travest $1,500 @ $2.50, $1,200 @ $2.50, $4,400 @ $2.40, $3,500 @ $2.40, $1,900 @ $2.40, $1,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
The TAB Highway Handicap (1000 metres) was a very open affair dominate by Chazelles, Bad Boy For Love and Foxie La Belle in terms of popularity.
The trio accounted for over half the market in terms of money taken, however, it was left to $51 shot Leo to claim the prize after racing just off the speed.
The Mark Schmetzer-trained runner had some specking at the price but was one of the least favoured in the race. Skara Brae ($10-$9-$10) had admirers as did Flora Bel ($51-$26) at the price.
BETS: Foxie La Belle $4,000 @ $7, $1,000 e/w @ $7/$2.60
BETS: Chazelles $1,000 @ $6 TWICE
BETS: Bad Boy For Love $1,000 @ $5.50
Jason Collett did the right thing by favourite backers by timing his run perfectly on Godolphin filly Tailleur in the Grunt Standing At Yulong Handicap (1100 metres).
The James Cummings filly went around nearly four times as popular as second elect Switched ($5-$4.40-$5) and held 57 percent of the total investment.
Settling fourth in the run, Tailleur needed every inch of the Randwick straight to peg back the leader Switched with the Royal Blue combo getting the photo.
BETS: Tailleur $4,000 @ $2.30, $2,100 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.25, $1,800 @ $2.25 TWICE, $1,000 @ $2.25 MULTIPLE TIMES, $9,000 @ $2.20
High Opinion defied the betting drift in the Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1800 metres).
The Kris Lees runner went $5-$8 and was largely ignored by punters who preferred to be with the top two in the market.
Mr Dependable ($2.15-$1.90-$2) went around with double the amount of money that Matowi ($3.10-$4) did, with the pair holding a whopping 78 percent of the market.
Toryjoy ($8-$9.50) nearly led all-the-way and was the third best tried runner behind the two favs.
BETS: Mr Dependable $2,600 @ $2.15, $2,500 @ $2 TWICE, $2,000 @ $2, $1,000 @ $2 MULTIPLE TIMES $5,000 @ $1.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $1.90
Spaceboy led throughout to land some nice bets in the Ranvet Handicap (1000 metres).
Kathy O’Hara dictated terms nicely on Spaceboy ($4.20-$3.60) which was the best tried runner in the race and overtook Lashes for favouritism late in betting.
Fanciful Dream ($21-$10) ran right up to the support for it by finishing second while Worldly Pleasure ($18) added further spice to the exotics. Lashes ($2.70-$4), Superium ($3.60-$5.50) and Longbottom ($5) had plenty of support but couldn’t fill a placing.
BETS: Spaceboy $1,309 @ $3.70, $1,000 @ $3.70
BETS: Lashes $1,500 @ $4, $2,000 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.60 TWICE
BETS: Longbottom $2,059 @ $5
BETS: Superium $2,000 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50
Tigre Royale had plenty of admirers in the TAB Live Vision Handicap (2400 metres).
Although drifting slightly from $5-$7, Tigre Royale had to tough it out after chasing the tearaway leader Shangani Patrol ($17).
Fighting on doggedly in the straight when challenged by the popular eachway pick Desert Path ($13 on Wednesday, $7.50-$7), Tigre Royal kept battling to fight back and take the honours.
Elaborate ($3.70-$3.20) was clearly the most popular in the race and was well backed as early as Wednesday, when $5 had been offer.
BETS: Tigre Royale $2,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Continuation $1,000 @ $12
BETS: Elaborate $2,500 @ $3.20, $2,000 @ $3.20 TWICE, $1,500 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3.20 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Desert Path $2,000 e/w @ $7/$2.40, $1,500 @ $7, $1,000 @ $6
One of the best moves all day was for Vitesse in the SKY Racing Active Handicap (1400 metres).
The Chris Waller mare was backed from $9.50 early and crunched into $5.50 at the jump. TAB had offered as much as $13 earlier in the week.
Leading all-the-way for Brenton Avdulla, Vitesse landed the money for her supporters over Threeood ($6.50) which tried hard outside of her the entire way.
Outback Diva ($4-$4.60) was very popular with TAB customers but was luckless after being three-wide but still managed to finish third.
BETS: Threeood $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Outback Diva $1,000 @ $4.60 TWICE
BETS: Riva Capri $1,000 @ $7, $1,000 e/w @ $7/$2.40
Handspun took out one of the best betting races of the day at Randwick – the Heineken 3 Handicap (1300 metres).
The Godolphin runner was $3.80 into as low as $3 before getting back out to $3.70 at the jump. Handspun was easily the most popular horse in the event though and was carrying 45 percent of the total investment.
Tommy Berry barged his way into the clear on straightening and the pair sprinted sharply to beat Cristal Breeze ($5) and Noble Joey ($34) which did really well to hold on after leading.
Of the others, Bergen ($6) and Rari ($4.40) had plenty of admirers as did Cuban Royale ($8.50-$5.50).
BETS: Handspun $1,000 @ $3.80, $3,000 @ $3.70, $1,200 @ $3.70, $1,000 @ $3.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,580 @ $3.60, $3,000 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3
BETS: Bergen $2,500 @ $5, $1,000 x $6,500 e/w @ $5/$1.75
BETS: Cuban Royale $1,000 @ $5.50, $1,000 x $1,500 e/w @ $5.50/$1.80
It was a match in two according to punters for the running of the Drinkwise Mile (1600 metres).
Agassi ($2.60) went around as a slight favourite in front of Bigboyroy with the pair completely dominating the hold. The pair accounted for 70 percent of the total investment.
Leading throughout, Tommy Berry had to get everything out of Agassi to hold off the fast-finishing Adana ($5.50) with Kiss The Bride ($26) splitting the pair.
BETS: Agassi $1,200 @ $2.70, $8,000 @ $2.60, $6,000 @ $2.60, $3,000 @ $2.60 TWICE, $2,200 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Bigboyroy $8,500 @ $3.10, $4,500 @ $3.10, $3,500 @ $3.10, $2,000 @ $3.10
All the big money was with Sense Of Honour in the AAMI Next Generation Sprinters Final (1200 metres).
The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained runner was six times as popular as anything else and commanded 61 percent of the total investment.
Leading throughout for Ben Melham, the filly beat Savannah Cloud ($10-$4.80) which was the best tried runner outside the favourite and more than halved its quote on the day. Standoff ($11) filled the minor end of the prize.
BETS: Sense Of Honour $6,000 @ $2.30, $3,000 @ $2.30, $2,292 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.30 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Ilovethegame $1,000 @ $10
BETS: Savannah Cloud $1,200 x $1,500 e/w @ $4.80/$1.55
Favourite backers were cheering after Ben Melham landed an early double after being successful on Lord Belvedere in the Lexus Banjo Paterson Series Final (2600 metres).
TAB customers rallied to the son of Archipenko and supported him from $3.20 in the morning into $2.80 at the jump. Such was the amount of money riding on Lord Belvedere that he overtook Chapada ($2.50-$3) for favouritism.
Chasing the runaway pair of Sasko ($6.50) and Alfarris ($8), Melham timed his challenge perfectly to arrive right on the line to nail Alfarris in an exciting finish. Sasko battled on for third.
Lord Belvedere went around with just under half the money.
BETS: Lord Belvedere $2,000 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $3.10 TWICE, $1,400 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Chapada $1,000 @ $3, $1,000 @ $2.90
Punters were on top once again at Flemington with the heavily tried Cherry Tortoni remaining unbeaten after the Kennedy Taj Rossi Series Final (1600 metres).
Going around as a popular $2.30 favourite, Cherry Tortoni held 67 percent of the market and was five times as popular as anything else in the race.
Coming with a big run, Billy Egan had to get everything out of the Patrick Payne runner to get past second favourite Alcyone ($5.50) while Johnny Get Angry ($126) running a cracking race for third.
BETS: Cherry Tortoni $2,250 @ $2.40, $4,000 @ $2.30, $2,560 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.30, $1,000 @ $2.30, $13,200 @ $2.25, $2,000 @ $2.25 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Super Yulong $1,000 e/w @ $13/$3.20
BETS: Alcyone $1,000 @ $5.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Burleigh Boy $4,000 @ $9.50
BETS: Narvaez $1,100 @ $10
Persan delivered a big blow to TAB when taking out the G.H. Mumm Mahogany Challenge Final (2500 metres).
Going around as a heavily tried odds-on fav, Persan ($1.85) attracted all the big bets and was a popular choice for punters through multis.
Enjoying a good run just off the speed and trailing second favourite Sign Seal Deliver ($4), Persan raced clear under Jye McNeil after issuing a strong challenge early in the straight.
Zoffmira ($17-$12) found the line nicely for third.
BETS: Persan $2,995 @ $1.95, $2,650 @ $1.90, $2,000 @ $1.90, $4,000 @ $1.85
BETS: Sign Seal Deliver $2,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $3.90 TWICE
A late move for Lord Von Costa paid off in the Furphy All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200 metres).
Going $11-$8 in the final stages of betting, Lord Von Costa finished powerfully for Craig Williams and trainer Donna Scott to beat the well-tried Great Again ($7-$5.50) with Malibu Style ($13) filling the minor end of the prize.
Rich Charm ($5.50-$4.40) was easily the most popular runner here and held three times as much as Great Again and I Am Someone ($5.50).
BETS: Lord Von Costa $1,000 @ $9, $2,000 @ $8, $1,000 @ $8
BETS: I Am Someone $2,400 @ $5, $1,300 x $1,500 e/w @ $5/$1.95, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Hi Stranger $1,000 @ $10
BETS: Rich Charm $1,000 @ $5, $1,500 @ $4.60 TWICE, $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.40
Music Bay gave Craig Williams a running double after powering away with the Jim Beam Leilani Series Final (1400 metres).
Going around as an $11 chance, Music Bay had to sit outside the leader Honey Esprit and do all the work. Hitting the front midway down the running, Music Bay raced clear for trainer Phillip Stokes to score impressively over La Tigeresa ($4.20-$3) with Soaring Eagle ($41) third. Great Duchess ($7-$5.50-$6.50) had her share of support too and was fourth.
Overall, La Tigeresa was one of the best backed runners all day and held around 45 percent of the total investment in this.
BETS: Great Duchess $1,000 @ $6
BETS: La Tigeresa $2,000 @ $3.10, $2,000 @ $3, $1,600 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES
The Lindsay Park operation of Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig were to the fore in the TAB Silver Bowl Series Final (1600 metres).
Walking Flying, an $11 chance when markets opened on Wednesday, had her share of admirers throughout the afternoon here and hovered around the $7.50-$8 mark for most of the day.
Jumping an $8 chance, Walking Flying sprinted sharply once clear to race up to the well fancied Grinzinger Allee ($8-$5) which was the subject of a strong betting move here.
Of the others, Smoke Bomb ($6.50) carried some big bets as did Garimpeiro ($10-$7.50-$8).
BETS: Grinzinger Allee $1,000 @ $5.50 TWICE, $1,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2.10
BETS: Smoke Bomb $1,000 @ $6
Sircconi was the subject of a handy move in the Seppelt Wines VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600 metres).
The Nick Ryan-trained galloper hit as much as $13 at one stage in the afternoon before good support saw it come into $10.
Powering away after doing a stack of work in the run, Sircconi blitzed the field in relegating Polly Grey ($41) and Victoria Star ($8.50) to the minor end of the prize. Plein Ciel ($4.20-$4.60) went around as the most popular horse in the race while there was good money for Heptagon ($5) also.