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.
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Scarlet Dream $9-$7
Pretty In Pink $101-$51-$26-$15 (after winning SKY Racing Moreton Cup @ Doomben)
Shadow Hero $51-$15 (after winning r1 @ Doomben)
Most of the money sat with Exceedance and Rotator in the Southern Cross Turf Handicap (1100 metres).
While the winner Splintex, which led throughout for Rachel King, was specked at the $7 starting price after opening at $6 on Wednesday, it was Exceedance ($6 opening price) which attracted most attention from a betting perspective.
The Team Hawkes runner was crunched into $2.50 midway through the morning before blowing back out to $3.40 fav late. He rocketed home from the rear but just missed picking up Splintex and Rotator ($$4.60-$4.40-$4.60).
Splintex gave trainer Mark Newnham an early interstate double after Shadow Hero won at Doomben.
BETS: Igniter $1,000 @ $6.50 TWICE
BETS: Exceedance $6,000 @ $3.30, $2,000 @ $3.40
BETS: Spaceboy $2,000 x $3,000 e/w @ $4.60/$1.70
Favourite backers were sent packing as the heavily tried Our Echo failed to figure in the finish of the Evergreen Turf TAB Highway Handicap (1400 metres).
The Matty Dunn runner was hammered in betting and went around as the $2.30 market elect after being $2.80 in the morning. TAB had opened the horse up $4.60 on Wednesday.
It was left to Zardoro to finish best down the centre of the track and salute for trainer Terry Robinson and jockey Sam Clipperton.
The gelding, a drifter from $13-$18, knocked off the big firmer in Vigorish ($10-$7.50) and Assault’n’bathory ($14).
While the winner didn’t have a great deal of support, Our Echo went around with nearly 70 percent of the money.
BETS: Our Echo $4,000 @ $2.40, $3,600 @ $2.40, $1,800 @ $2.30
England took the shortcuts in the home straight to get the win in the My Mate Mulvey’s Sprint (1200 metres).
The Chris Waller runner was steady at around the $8-$9 mark and jumped at the latter quote and although attracting some money, it was nothing compared to what Ljungberg ($5-$4.60-$4.80) and River Bird ($8-$5.50) held.
England went on to beat the leader Call Me Royal ($4-$5) and Burning Crown ($8-$5.50) which was a notable firmer throughout the day. Ljungberg closed off reasonably to be close up in fourth.
BETS: England $1,250 x $7,100 e/w @ $8.50/$2.75 (averaged out)
Passage Of Time finished best along the inside lanes to win the fourth event of the day – the Turf Drain Australia Handicap (1200 metres).
Jason Collett had the Joe Pride-trained runner on the fence and then peeled off the heels of the leader, Oxford Tycoon, to nail it in the shadows of the post.
Passage Of Time was solid for most of the betting and jumped a $4.20 third pick behind Oxford Tycoon ($2.40-$3.40) and Poetic Charmer ($4.40-$3.50), with the latter smashed late in betting.
Poetic Charmer wound up third and held more than double the amount of money that the winner did.
BETS: Passage Of Time $3,000 @ $4.20, $3,733 @ $4.20
BETS: Poetic Charmer $11,000 @ $3.80, $5,000 @ $3.70, $2,000 @ $3.70, $10,000 @ $3.50
Favourite backers were cheering when the heavily tried Reelem In Ruby did the job in the Dad & Dave’s Turf Handicap (1400 metres).
The daughter of Pierro sat fifth in running and then pulled out four-wide on the turn, with Tommy Berry getting the best out of the $2 fav to just get there over the roughie Bangkok ($34) which ran a cheeky race. Sweet Ava, which led, held third in a tight go at $13 on TAB Fixed Odds. Reelem In Ruby opened $2.50 on Wednesday and went around 56 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Reelem In Ruby $3,000 @ $2 TWICE, $2,000 @ $2
BETS: Pumpkin Pie $3,000 x $1,676 @ $8/$2.40
Kapajack defied a slight drift in betting to take out the Hi Quality Turf Handicap (1300 metres) in fine style.
The Team Hawkes runner exploded down the straight after sitting in the back half of the field, however, Tommy Berry timed his run perfectly on this heavily backed favourite.
Opening the day at $2.30, punters took as much as $2.60 at the jump and didn’t really have any cause for concern. The winner held nearly three times as much money as anything else.
Nicochet ($14-$9.50) ran right up the support that came for it when flashing home for second while another firmer, Echo Jet ($9.50-$6.50) wound up third.
BETS: Kapajack $10,000 @ $2.60, $3,000 @ $2.60, $2,000 @ $2.60
Hush Writer ($19-$26) proved the superior stayer when successful in the Elite Sand & Soil WJ McKell Cup (2400 metres).
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained runner drifted in betting from $19-$26 and didn’t have a great deal of admirers, however, hitting the front on straightening he gave nothing else a chance in the run to the judge.
High Bridge, which had some late specking and firmed $23-$19, ran on from near last for second while the popular favourite Girl Tuesday ($3.80-$2.80) rounded out the trifecta.
BETS: Girl Tuesday $3,000 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80, $2,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $2.80/$1.45, $1,000 @ $2.80
The late betting move for the favourite Asterius was a horror result for TAB in the Sydney Cricket Ground Handicap (1500 metres).
Chris Waller’s stable rep was $4-$3.50 in the final minute of betting and was hammered by a number of big bets. Already the most popular runner at that point, this further support saw Asterius go around nearly twice as popular as anything else.
Jason Collett found clear running midway down the straight and the gelding did the rest, sprinting clear to win comfortably over Gresham ($9.50) and Strome ($4.80).
Of the others, Island Missile ($12-$7-$8) was a firmer throughout the day as was Strome ($5.50-$4.40-$4.80) and Aylmerton ($23-$16-$18).
BETS: Asterius $1,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.70, $4,167 @ $3.50, $2,000 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Strome $3,500 @ $4.80, $2,500 e/w @ $4.80/$2.10, $2,000 @ $4.40
Spiritual Pursuit was carrying the hopes of punters in the Living Turf Handicap (1100 metres), however, it was a Godolphin rep which got the result.
Wagner ($5), which went around as the best tried to beat the favourite, benefitted from a far better run in transit than his main rival to storm home over the top of it and score.
Spiritual Pursuit, which did touch odds-on at one point, jumped at $2.25 after being $2.50 in the morning but was stranded three-wide the trip.
Hitting the front despite the hard run, the filly couldn’t hold off the finish of Wagner. She held nearly six times as much money as the James Cummings-trained runner.
BETS: Wagner $2,500 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50, $2,000 @ $5
BETS: Spiritual Pursuit $2,500 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.30 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $2.25 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $2.15 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $2.15, $5,000 @ $2 THREE TIMES, $2,000 @ $2
The Astrologist led throughout to win the Whisky Wine & Fire Handicap (1200 metres).
Ridden a treat by Dwayne Dunn, the gelding battled back after being headed in the straight by Can’t Be Done ($9-$8) which sat outside him for the entire trip.
Igniting ($7.50-$8.50) rattled home along the rails to grab the third spot in front of the heavily tried favourite.
Wilmot Pass ($3.10-$2.50) was crunched in betting and held 60 percent of the total investment. It was nearly five times more popular than any other runner.
BETS: The Astrologist $500 x $1,000 e/w @ $10/$2.80, $500 @ $10
BETS: Wilmot Pass $3,600 @ $2.60, $4,500 @ $2.50
Asgard Masif landed a number of big bets after leading all-the-way in the Grunt Standing @ Yulong Handicap (1440 metres).
The John Sadler-trained runner was $2.90-$3.10 on the day, however, TAB had opened up at $5 on Wednesday and punters didn’t need to be asked a second time to take the price.
Asgard Masif, under the urgings of Theodore Nugent, was challenged by Persuader ($19-$26) but kicked strongly to hold it at bay, with Despacito ($21) winding up in third. Ligulate ($3.80-$4.20), best tried outside the favourite but still holding a third of the money that Asgard Masif did, was close up in fourth.
BETS: Asgard Masif $9,000 @ $3, $1,800 @ $2.90, $1,700 @ $2.90,
BETS: Mr Genoa $2,000 @ $12, $1,000 @ $12
The late money was for Silent Roar and Dwayne Dunn did the right thing by its backers in the Long Fine Plate (1600 metres).
The Team Hawkes-trained runner was hammered late in betting and firmed $4.40-$3.90 in the closing minutes. Dunn took the mare straight to the top and the pair were never headed, booting clear on straightening to score impressively.
Royal Thunder ($21) and Snipfit ($71) added spice to the exotics.
Silent Roar accounted for over 33 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Silent Roar $2,000 @ $4.20, $1,500 @ $4.20, $4,500 @ $4, $3,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4 TWICE, $1,000 @ $3.90
Craig Williams hugged the rails all-the-way in the MRC Membership Renewal Handicap (1100 metres) and it paid dividends with Bandipur.
The Godolphin runner was powerful over the concluding stages when going along the inside of the leader, Jungle Edge ($5.50-$4.20), and then held off Malibu Style ($6.50) and Holy Blade ($12) with the frontrunner holding fourth.
Bandipur drifted in betting on the day and went $3-$3.90 but went around as favourite. Of the others, William Thomas ($2.80-$4) blew in betting and was never a factor.
BETS: Bandipur $3,000 @ $3.80, $2,500 @ $3.80
BETS: Jungle Edge $3,000 @ $4.20
BETS: William Thomas $2,000 @ $3.90
Late money suggests Bam’s On Fire could beat the popular favourite Propelle once again and that is how it panned out in the QMS Media Handicap (1100 metres).
Coming with a sweeping run after sitting well off the speed, Bam’s On Fire ($5-$4.20) was ultra impressive in defeating Pariano ($19) and Thine Is The Power ($18). It was Dwayne Dunn’s fourth winner of the day.
Propelle, which was one of the most popular runners across the country, went around as the $2.70 favourite and held more than four times the amount of money than the winner.
BETS: Bam’s On Fire $3,000 @ $5
BETS: Propelle $2,000 @ $2.70, $4,000 @ $2.60, $2,800 @ $2.60, $2,500 @ $2.60, $4,000 @ $2.50
BETS: Feared Eyes $4,000 @ $9
Begood Toya Mother did the job again for those wanting to take the shorts when it led throughout in the seventh event on the card.
The Daniel Bowman runner jumped $1.70 clear top pick and dominated the market despite the hot price, with 56 percent of the total investment riding on the gelding. The four-year-old was heavily leveraged through multis too.
Declan Bates didn’t have to do a great deal on the son of Myboycharlie as the pair cruised to an effortless win over Elite Drake ($9.50-$6) and Arancini ($9.50).
BETS: Begood Toya Mother $6,000 @ $1.70, $4,000 @ $1.70, $2,292 @ $1.70, $1,500 @ $1.70
Petrelle was heavily backed late and was another well-tried runner to get the cash in the eighth event on the program from Caulfield.
The Archie Alexander runner sat wide on the speed throughout but still proved too strong for Cath’s Village ($14), which took the shortcuts home, and Grey Shadow ($8).
Petrelle had been $4.20 in the morning but such was the support for the daughter of Fastnet Rock that she was crunched into $2.70 favouritism. She displaced Miss Vixen at the top of the market after that runner went $4-$4.60-$4.40 in the final stages of betting, winding up fourth.
BETS: Petrelle $4,585 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.70
Pacodali upset the move for Live And Free in the Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap (2000 metres).
Opening the day at $5.50, Pacodali bottomed out at $4.40 before jumping a $5 shot and although attracting some good money, wasn’t holding anywhere near as much as the fav or Morton’s Fork ($5.50).
Aided by a well-timed ride by Theodore Nugent, the gelding swept to the front early in the straight and then held off the big finish of Live And Free ($2.70). Beau Balmain ($13), which had specking at the eachway quote, wound up in third.
Live And Free held approximately 45 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Pacodali $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Live And Free $10,000 @ $2.90
BETS: Second Bullet $4,000 @ $11
RACE FIVE – IPG MARKETING SOLUTIONS LIGHTNING (1050 metres)
Plague Stone was one of the best backed runners all day and did the right thing by its supporters here.
The Godolphin runner was nearly 10 times as popular as anything else in the race and was extremely popular through multis.
Ridden patiently by Larry Cassidy, Plague Stone swept to the front over the concluding stages and then had to hold off the finish of Tycoon Ace ($26) to get the result. Amanaat ($21) rattled home for third.
Plague Stone ($2) had opened a very generous $3.80 on Wednesday and the James Cummings runner was the first horse punters backed. It was responsible for 66 percent of the market.
BETS: Plague Stone $3,200 @ $2.20, $2,000 @ $2.20, $2,000 @ $2 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,200 @ $1.95 TWICE, $2,000 @ $1.90
RACE SEVEN – MITTYS HELEM COUGHLAN STAKES (1200 metres)
Multaja defied the betting drift to brilliantly take out this race for Godolphin.
Trainer James Cummings, who captured this race 12 months ago with Epidemic, saw Multaja drift from $3.60 in the morning to get as high as $4.40 before starting at $4.20.
Blake Shinn rode a patient race and then found a gap midway down the straight, driving the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro through and she did the rest. Exploding away from her rivals, she beat favourite Madam Rouge ($4) which was three-wide the trip and roughie Smartypy ($126).
Of the others, Naantali ($5-$4.40) had been well tried throughout the day while Prophet’s Thumb ($7.50-$6) was a notable firmer.
Despite being a drifter, Multaja held the most money in front of Prophet’s Thumb with Madam Rouge third in that regard.
BETS: Multaja $1,700 @ $4, $1,000 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.60
BETS: Madam Rouge $6,500 @ $3.90
BETS: Prophet’s Thumb $7,250 @ $2 PLACE
RACE EIGHT – TREASURY BRISBANE QUEENSLAND OAKS (2200 metres)
The favourites were nowhere to be seen as Winning Ways saluted in the Group One Queensland Oaks.
Trained by Garry Newnham, Winning Ways swept to the lead on straightening and then held off the finish of Dawson Diva and Lady Cuvee in a very rough finish.
The winner was $34 earlier in the week but jumped a $23 shot while Dawson Diva ($151) and Lady Cuvee ($201) were two of the roughest in the race.
Most of the money sat with Princess Jenni ($2.60) which was responsible for 45 percent of the market. Of the others, Aliferous ($8.50) and Etana ($4.20) had good money come for them as did Welsh Legend ($19).
BETS: Princess Jenni $5,950 @ $2.60, $5,000 @ $2.60