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.
Rothfire inserted @ $26 (after winning J.J. Atkins @ Eagle Farm)
RACE SIX – ROUGH HABIT PLATE
Ballistic Boy landed a number of big bets when storming home to take out the Rough Habit Plate (2200 metres).
Going around with 41 percent of the total investment, Ballistic Boy was twice as popular as Navy Cross ($6) which ran a great race out in front.
The Chris Anderson-trained winner jumped at $2.60 after opening at $2.80 earlier today and was a losing result for TAB.
Of the others, Supergiant ($3.80-$4.60) got out in the market despite attracting some good money.
BETS: Ballistic Boy $5,500 @ $2.80, $5,000 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
RACE SEVEN – J.J ATKINS PLATE
Rob Heathcote’s youngster Rothfire dominated – both on and off the track – in the J.J Atkins (1400 metres).
Rothfire opened the day at $3.90 and touched $4 briefly, however, sheer weight of money throughout the afternoon saw it bottom out at $3 and a clear top pick in the popularity stakes.
Jumping at $3.20, Jim Byrne had the son of Rothesay sat just off the speed before peeling out on the turn. Hitting the front soon after straightening, Rothfire was assured of the win as he raced clear to beat the late closing Gotta Kiss ($19) and The Drinks Cart ($23).
Macroura ($6-$8-$7) was best tried outside the fav while Overlord ($19-$12) was next best and wound up fourth and ran right up to the support for it. Isotope ($7-$5) had serious money riding on it too.
BETS: Macroura $1,500 @ $8, $1,000 @ $7, $1,000 x $1,500 e/w @ $6/$2.30, $1,000 e/w @ $6/$2.30
BETS: Rothfire $2,900 @ $4, $2,000 @ $3.30, $1,220 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3
BETS: Isotope $3,000 @ $5
RACE EIGHT – TAB STRADBROKE HANDICAP
Tyzone was the subject of good late support to take out the TAB Stradbroke Handicap (1400 metres).
The Toby & Trent Edmonds runner was $16-$13 late and arrived in time to knock off the roughie Madam Rouge ($51-$61-$41) and the fast-finishing Niccanova ($19-$14) which had its share of admirers throughout the day.
The big move late was for Dawn Passage which hit $5.50 at one stage but was hammered into $4.20. It was the most popular runner and was responsible for nearly a quarter of the money on the race.
Victorem ($8-$10) was next best backed in front of Exhilarates ($9-$12) and Trekking ($7.50-$11).
BETS: Victorem $1,500e/w @ $10/$3.20, $1,000 @ $9.50
BETS: Trekking $1,000 @ $10, $2,000 @ $9
BETS: Dawn Passage $1,750 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50, $3,000 @ $4.40, $2,000 @ $4.40 TWICE, $1,400 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Chief Ironside $1,000 @ $31
BETS: Ranier $1,000 @ $21
BETS: Graff $2,000 @ $26
BETS: Niccanova $2,000 @ $14
RACE NINE – MICK DITTMAN PLATE
Aquitaine gave favourite backers a great way to end the day at Eagle Farm by capturing the Mick Dittman Plate (1000 metres).
TAB went up $4 about the Godolphin runner earlier in the week and it was no surprise to see punters jump straight on the filly at the price. Today, she was $2.80 into as low as $2.30 before jumping at $2.50 and she was a commanding favourite with 62 percent of the hold.
Racing clear in the straight with Jimmy Orman on board, Aquitaine beat Iced ($61) and Niedorp ($3.30) which was the best tried to beat the winner, however, it held just a fifth of the money that Aquitaine did.
Aquitaine $2.80-$2.30-$2.50 (62 percent)
BETS: Aquitaine $1,000 @ $2.80 TWICE, $5,000 @ $2.50, $2,500 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,100 @ $2.50, $1,000 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.40, $1,400 @ $2.25
BETS: Niedorp $5,000 @ $3.30
BETS: Sugar Boom $4,000 @ $7, $1,000 @ $6.50
In a fairly open betting affair it was Achiever which proved best in the Castelvecchio @ Arrowfield Handicap (1400 metres).
The Chris Waller runner was $8-$7 on the day and was fourth most popular in terms of money held behind Acrophobic, Zoumist and Yangtze Rapids.
Acrophoic, despite being most popular, went $2.60-$3.30 on the day.
BETS: Achiever $4,000 @ $8.50
BETS: Acrophobic $3,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.20
BETS: Zoumist $1,900 @ $4.80
Lando Bay finished too well for his rivals in the Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1800 metres).
The John Thompson runner opened the day as a $7 chance but blew out to as much as $9.50 before a late trim up saw it start $9.
Hugh Bowman timed his run perfectly on the son of Sebring to finish over the top of the leader Money Magic ($5.50-$5) with Secretly ($14-$9) finding the line nicely for third.
Kirwan’s Lane ($3.70) went around as a very popular favourite and was responsible for just under half the early investment.
BETS: Kirwan’s Lane $2,500 x $5,000 e/w @ $3.80/$1.65, $4,000 @ $3.70, $2,100 @ $3.70, $2,000 @ $3.70, $1,000 @ $3.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.60
BETS: Money Magic $10,000 @ $5, $5,000 @ $5
BETS: Trust The Process $1,000 @ $11
The Mitch Beer-trained Princess Cordelia landed some nice bets at odds when successful in today’s TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap (1100 metres).
Princess Cordelia only had some light backing and drifted from $13-$19, however, just prior to the jump one TAB customer splashed out a $1,000 @ $19 about her chances.
Looming up to the leader early in the straight, Princess Cordelia was ridden a treat by Brenton Avdulla with the pair going on to beat the fast-finishing favourite Keen Power ($3.70-$3.80) with Bad Boy For Love ($14-$9) running right up to the backing for it when winding up third.
BETS: Princess Cordelia $1,000 @ $19
BETS: Keen Power $1,000 @ $3.80 TWICE, $4,000 @ $3.70, $1,400 @ $3.70, $1,000 @ $3.70 MULTILE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.40
Punters were off the mark in the Schweppes Handicap (2400 metres) after Terwilliker led throughout.
The Anthony Cummings runner was rated a treat out in front by Tommy Berry to score easily at the finish.
TAB had the gelding at $13 at the start of the day before bottoming out at $11, however, late on it drifted back to $13.
Most of the money here was with Loveseat ($5) and Re Edit ($6.50-$4.40) with the pair holding 56 percent of the total investment.
Elaborate ($10) rattled home for second in front of Cyber Intervention ($16).
BETS: Re Edit $1,000 @ $4.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Humbolt Current $8,750 @ $6.50
BETS: Loveseat $1,500 @ $5.50, $1,400 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50
Oakfield Twilight’s victory wasn’t a complete surprise in the Calyx @ Coolmore Australia Handicap (1200 metres).
The Damien Lane-trained runner had strong eachway support throughout the day and got to as much as $17 before starting at $15.
Running along out in front with Chris Williams in the saddle, the pair booted clear turning for home and just held off the fast-finishing Monte Ditto ($5) with Charretera ($11) close up in third.
The two big players here failed to figure in the finish. Burning Crown ($2.80-$2.50-$2.90) held just under half the market and was nearly three times as popular as the next best supported which was Tony’s Reward ($9-$6.50).
BETS: Oakfield Twilight $1,050 x $1,000 e/w @ $17/$3.90
BETS: Burning Crown $4,000 @ $2.90, $2,200 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60, $10,000 @ $2.50, $4,000 @ $2.50
BETS: Monte Ditto $1,500 e/w @ $5/$1.80
Wandabaa defied a betting drift in the Vale Darby McCarthy Handicap (1200 metres).
Under the guidance of Louise Day, Wandabaa overhauled the money runner in Misteed in the shadows of the post to upset the big move for that particular horse.
The Kris Lees-rained winner went $4.80 out to $6 on the day as support came for Misteed ($9.50-$6) amongst others. Enfleurage ($3.70-$4.60) drifted late but held the most money in front of Misteed, with Wandabaa next best in front of Segalas ($6).
BETS: Wandabaa $2,000 @ $6
BETS: Misteed $1,500 @ $6.50, $4,000 x $3,000 e/w @ $6/$2.20, $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Segalas $3,500 @ $6
BETS: Enfleurage $1,000 @ $4.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
One of the most heavily backed runners all day was Classique Legend in the running of the Bob Charley AO Stakes (1100 metres).
Despite the big money that came for the Les Bridge runner, Classique Legend actually drifted on the day from $2.50 out to as much as $3.30 before starting $3.20.
Forced wide for a good portion of the trip, Classique Legend overcame the difficulties to storm to the front midway down the straight and then hold off Southern Lad ($7.50). Snitz ($7.50) wound up third while Viridine ($14) was fourth.
Jungle Edge ($7.50-$4.20) was best backed to beat the fav but wilted late after leading.
Overall, Classique Legend held 44 percent of the total investment and was a terrible result for TAB.
BETS: Classique Legend $3,000 @ $3.20, $2,000 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3.20, $5,000 @ $3.10, $1,500 @ $3.10 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3, $3,000 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3, $2,500 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.80, $5,000 @ $2.50
BETS: Handle The Truth $1,000 e/w @ $17/$3.90, $1,540 @ $14
BETS: Snitz $1,000 @ $7
Dealmaker finally got up for its faithful followers when it powered home for Brenton Avdulla in the Drinkwise Mile (1600 metres).
The Chris Waller runner was backed from $11-$6.50 and rattled home to beat stablemate Sambro ($7-8.50) and Man Of Peace ($12) which led and ran another cheeky race.
The best tried runner here and one of the best backed all day was Phaistos ($2.80-$3.10) which was four times as popular as the winner.
BETS: Phaistos $3,000 @ $3.10 TWICE, $2,500 @ $3.10, $2,000 @ $3.10, $1,750 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $3.10 MULTIPLE TIMES, $3,000 @ $2.90
BETS: Dealmaker $2,000 @ $7, $3,000 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Man Of Peace $1,000 @ $12
Opacity defied the betting drift to get the better of his rivals in the TAB Handicap (1600 metres).
The John O’Shea-trained galloper started the day at $3.40 and despite meeting with good support, got out to $4.20 late.
Finishing best for Hugh Bowman, Opacity defeated the big firmer in Word For Word ($8.50-$5) and Orcein ($34).
Of the others, Itz Lily ($5.50) held the most money outside the winner while Greek Hero ($6.50-$5.50) had admirers once again.
BETS: Opacity $1,500 @ $4 TWICE, $1,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $3.70
BETS: Greek Hero $1,500 e/w @ $6/$2.10, $2,500 @ $5.50 TWICE
BETS: Itz Lily $10,000 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5
Punters got off on the right foot at Flemington with the heavily tried Prezado getting up in the Jim Bean Hill Plate (1000 metres).
The Matt Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained runner went around with four times as much money as second favourite From Within ($3.90-$3.60-$3.90).
Sweeping down the Flemington straight and being the widest runner, Prezado was too good for Snitzkraft ($5.50-$7) and From Within which led and weakened late.
BETS: Prezado $1,000 @ $2.15 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: From Within $1,034 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.60
It was an upset in the Schweppes Bagotville Trophy (1100 metres) when Standoff ($23-$31) got up with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
The son of Smart Missile was one of the least popular runners in the race with only Lai See and rank outsider Chavanne holding less money.
Hitting the front inside the final 200m for trainers Grant and Peter Dalziel, Standoff beat Sunshines ($16) and the very popular Zesty Belle ($3.30-$4.20) which had been well backed earlier in the week.
Zesty Belle and the fourth placed Safeeya ($5) were easily the best tried runners in front of Divine Caprice ($7.50).
BETS: Safeeya $3,000 e/w @ $5/$2
BETS: Zesty Belle $3,000 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.80
A sustained betting push for Persan paid dividends in the Seppelt Wines grand Flaneur Handicap (2000 metres).
Opening the day at $11, the Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace galloper was specked throughout the day and eventually jumped a $7.50 chance.
Jye McNeil gave the colt a perfect run near the speed and was simply too strong over the concluding stages, holding off Hypercane ($8.50) and favourite Coolth ($2.80) which flashed home from near last.
Independent Road, fourth across the line, was another that firmed from double figures. It went $11-$5.50 off sustained backing.
BETS: Persan $1,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Coolth $2,000 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.70, $1,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Hypercane $1,000 @ $8.50
Honey Esprit blew most punters out of the water in the fourth event of the day at Flemington.
Leading all-the-way for Jordan Childs, Honey Esprit ($41) was one of the least favoured runners in the race to beat Holbein ($7), which had plenty of admirers. Never Again ($8.50-$6.50) had support once again had admirers and wound up third.
Mount Popa ($5.50), fourth across the line, and I Could Do Better ($6) were the two most popular runners in front of Secret Vega ($9.50) and Holbein.
BETS: Never Again $1,700 @ $6.50, $1,500 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Secret Vega $1,000 @ $9.50
Chapada had admirers all week and ran right up to the support by capturing the Grinders Coffee Carriage Paddock Plate (2520 metres).
The Mike Moroney runner opened $13 on Wednesday and was immediately the subject of good support. Today, further backing saw it go from $7.50-$5.
Daniel Stackhouse rode the perfect race on Chapada as the pair hit the front midway down the straight, holding out the very well supported Masaff ($3) which was nearly four times as popular as anything else in the race.
In a favourites race, Sin To Win ($4.60) filled the minor end of the prize.
BETS: Chapada $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Masaff $2,500 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3, $1,700 @ $3, $1,060 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES
In a very wide open betting affair, Creedence saluted in the Henry Byron Moore Handicap (1800 metres).
Creedence went $17-$21 before some late support saw it start as a $19 chance.
He overhauled Arty Lucas ($7-$4.80-$5) which itself was the subject of good support all day. Grinzinger Star ($19) grabbed third while Nobu ($6.50) and Aussie Nugget ($4.60) held the most money between them. Arty Lucas was next best supported.
BETS: Nobu $2,500 @ $6.50
BETS: Arty Lucas $1,200 @ $4.80
BETS: Aussie Nugget $4,000 @ $4.80
Jolly Sailor was one of the more confidently backed runners heading into the final event on the card.
The Bagots Cowshed Handicap (1400 metres) was fairly wide open but Jolly Sailor was backed from $7.50-$6 and held the most money. Michael Poy led throughout on the Henry Dwyer runner giving TAB a losing result on the race.
Alburq ($10) and Barbie’s Fox ($10) filled the minors.
BETS: Jolly Sailor $1,000 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $6 TWICE