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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Archedemus $11-$7 AND THEN $8 (after winning r7 @ Doomben)
Tom Melbourne $21-$11-$15
Osborne Bulls $6-$3.50-$4 (one customer had $1,000 @ $4.50 after he finished 2nd in the Doomben 10,000)
Nature Strip $21-$15-$11
The Bostonian $26-$15 (after winning Doomben 10,000)
Con Te Partiro $21-$15-$21 (after winning Dark Jewel Classic @ Scone)
Qafila $26-$11 (after winning TAB SA Derby @ Morphettville)
Savvy Oaks $34-$15
Osborne Bulls $6-$4.50 fav
Trekking $15-$11 (after winning TAB Luskin Star @ Scone)
Dollar For Dollar $26-$15
The Bostonian $34-$15 (after winning Doomben 10,000)
Wild Planet $51-$26 (after winning Inglis 3YO Guineas @ Scone)
Wild Planet was the subject of a late betting move which paid dividends in the Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400 metres).
The Team Hawkes runner was backed from $3.70 in the morning into $2.90 at the jump and nearly held just as much as the well-tried favourite Military Zone.
Ridden a treat by Tommy Berry, Wild Planet kicked strongly on straightening and held off the finishing burst of Military Zone ($2.25-$2.60) which came from last on the turn.
Total Power ($19-$26) ran only nicely to fill third in front of Signore Fox ($5).
BETS: Wild Planet $2,000 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3, $1,450 @ $2.90, $1,210 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.90
BETS: Military Zone $4,000 @ $2.70, $3,000 @ $2.70
Free Fly Too was a noted drifter in the Segenhoe Stud BM78 Handicap (2200 metres), however, it was an impressive winner after powering away with the prize over the concluding stages.
The Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig-trained runner was $5.50 in the morning but jumped at $7.50 but despite the slight ease in the market, was one of the more popular runners in the race.
High Opinion ($5.50), which finished second, was the most popular in terms of money held while Fairlight ($6.50) ran on for third in front of Screamarr ($7.50) which actually held more money than the winner.
BETS: High Opinion $2,000 @ $5.50
Libertini landed big bets when taking out the Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes (1100 metres).
The highly talented Anthony Cummings runner sat outside the leader and proved too strong at the finish, powering away for an impressive victory as a $1.45 favourite.
Opening the day as a $1.55 favourite, the daughter of I Am Invincible held nearly 80 percent of the money and was extremely popular through multis. TAB had opened her up at $1.80 when markets were released on Wednesday.
BETS: Libertini $32,016 @ $1.55, $6,000 @ $1.50, $8,000 @ $1.45, $3,000 @ $1.45, $4,000 @ $1.40
There was plenty of talk around that Akasaki could run a big race in the Vinery Stud Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100 metres).
TAB had opened the gelding up at $15 on Wednesday and attracted some good money almost immediately.
Akasaki continued to firm after that and today opened at $6 before jumping a $6.50 chance. Hitting the front at the 300 metre mark, Chris Williams got everything out of the Stephen Jones runner to hold off the fast-finishing Oneness ($16) and Southern Lad ($8).
Only race favourite Wagner ($5-$3.80) held more money than Akasaki with the winner being a terrible result for TAB.
BETS: Akasaki $2,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Jack’s Bar $2,000 @ $10
It was a rough result to the finish of the Emirates Park Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100 metres).
Ready To Prophet ($26) and Madam Rouge ($11) broke clear of the rest of the pack midway down the running and settled down to fight it out, with the former just getting the verdict in a tight decision.
The pair only attracted light support as the majority of the money was with Pretty In Pink ($4.20) and Prophets Thumb ($4.60), which wound up third. The pair were responsible for 65 percent of the total investment with Pretty In Pink by far the more popular of the two.
BETS: Ready To Prophet $500 @ $26
Punters were spot on in the TAB Luskin Star Stakes (1300 metres).
Trekking and Brave Song were clearly the two best backed runners in the race and commanded a whopping 65 percent of the market between them.
It was Trekking though which attracted most attention late, firming from $3.40-$2.80 as Brave Song ($5.50-$6.50) went the other way after seeing good money this morning.
The pair had to track down tearaway leader Deploy ($15) but it was Josh Parr on the Godolphin runner Trekking which did best down the straight to score the win.
Brave Song, with Glyn Schofield in the saddle, had to settle for the runner-up spot behind the James Cummings runner for the second straight start, while Deploy did well to hold third.
BETS: Trekking $10,000 @ $2.80, $2,292 @ $2.80, $1,000 x $6,000 e/w @ $2.80/$1.40, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $6,500 @ $1.40 PLACE
One of the least favoured runners in the race, Con Te Partiro, proved too strong in the Arrowfield Dark Jewel Classic (1400 metres).
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott runner didn’t look as though she was going to get there, however, Sam Clipperton got the best out of the American import to score a surprise result.
TAB had her as an $8 chance in the morning but a lack of support saw her blow right out of the gate to jump at $19.
Savatiano ($5.50-$4.40) and Organza ($10), both Godolphin runners, filled the minors in front of the most popular horse in the field, Into The Abyss ($7).
Outside of those horses, Moss Trip ($5) always seems to have support whenever it goes around and today was no different. It was the best tried outside of Into The Abyss.
Viridine sent favourite backers out on a high after taking out the Coolmore Ortensia Stakes (1100 metres) in impressive style.
The James Cummings runner was easily the best backed runner in the race, holding three times what the second pick in the market did (Viridine, $4.60).
Powering to the front inside the final 300 metres after being in the second half of the field, jockey Jason Collett sat quiet over the final stages despite Victorem powering home to finish second.
Guard Of Honour ($10) rounded out the trifecta.
Viridine’s victory at $4 on TAB Fixed Odds represented a horror result for TAB, with the loss being the worst on any race across the country throughout the day.
BETS: Viridine $4,000 @ $3.90 TWICE, $2,000 @ $3.90, $3,000 @ $3.60
RACE FIVE – ROUGH HABIT PLATE
Dealmaker went around as a costly favourite in the Rough Habit Plate (2000 metres).
Punters sent the Chris Waller out a hot $1.80 favourite and with 65 percent of the total investment riding with him.
After sitting outside the leader though, he didn’t have much left in the tank as Purple Sector ($3.10), which was $4.20 on Wednesday, swept to the front rounding the final bend.
In the end it was the John Thompson runner winning comfortably with Blake Shinn in the saddle over A Man To Match ($10), with Dealmaker holding third.
BETS: Purple Sector $1,035 @ $3.90, $1,500 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $3.10
RACE SIX – MOET & CHANDON CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC
Dubious landed a big betting move to take out the sixth event on the card – the Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200 metres).
The son of Not A Single doubt had been heavily supported throughout the day, opening $4.60 in the morning but being crunched into $2.80 at the jump. Such was his dominance in the market that he held nearly four times as much money as the second pick in the market, Czarson ($5).
Dubious followed the rails until James McDonald found clear running room in the straight on the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace runner, pouncing on the lead midway down the straight and powering right away for a convincing win.
Strasbourg ($8-$6.50), which had good specking late, and Czarson dead-heated for second.
Dubious held 55 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Dubious $10,000 @ $3, $3,000 @ $2.90, $2,000 @ $2.90, $5,000 @ $2.80
RACE EIGHT – DOOMBEN 10,000
The Bostonian caused a major upset when following the rails home to take out the Group One TAB Doomben 10,000.
The Kiwi went around as a $51 chance for the 1200 metre sprint and ridden by Michael Cahill, the pair were off the speed and given a comfortable run in transit.
Cahill switched back to the inside over the concluding stages and the longshot finished best to beat the heavily backed Osborne Bulls and Dollar For Dollar ($51).
Punters came hard for the James Cummings-trained Osborne Bulls, which got to as much as $3.50 earlier in the week. He ended up jumping a $2.90 second pick but held more money than the favourite Nature Strip ($2-$2.30).
Osborne Bulls came with a powerful run from the rear of the field while Nature Strip, the expected leader, missed the start and was three-wide throughout.
BETS: The Bostonian $250 e/w @ $51/$8
BETS: Osborne Bulls $15,000 @ $2.90, $7,000 @ $2.80, $3,000 @ $2.80, $3,000 @ $2.70, $50,000 @ $1;.30 PLACE, $15,400 @ $1.35 PLACE, $15,000 @ $1.35 PLACE
BETS: Nature Strip $100,000 @ $2.20, $50,000 @ $2, $50,000 @ $1.90
Qafila ($14) scored at eachway odds to take out the TAB South Australian Derby (2500 metres).
The lone filly in the race, Qafila did have some money come for it but most punters were focused on the top of the order with horses one and two, Chapada and Mr Quickie, holding most of the money.
Mr Quickie ($4-$2.60) was well tried throughout the day and held just under half of all bets on the race. Such was his popularity that he was over four times as popular as Chapada and Ridgewood Drive ($9.50) were best supported to beat it.
Qafila, under the guidance of Cory Parish, rounded up the leaders approaching the final bend and was simply too strong down the straight, racing clear to beat Savvy Oaks ($31) and Mr Quickie which came from near last.
It was Parish’s second Group One success with both of them coming on Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig runners. Boom Time in the 2017 Caulfield Cup was his other major.
BETS: Qafila $800 x $2,200 e/w @ $14/$3.80, $250 e/w @ $14/$3.60
Alfarris defied a slight betting drift to take out the opening event on the card at Caulfield.
Under the urgings of Craig Williams, Alfarris ($3.20-$3.50) hit the front on straightening from the leader Transact ($5.50-$7) and despite being slightly headed by the money horse Rock On ($12-$8) late, kicked back to get his nose down right on the line.
Felaar ($8) filled the minor end of the prize.
Eastender ($3.40-$4.20) went around as the most popular runner in front of Alfarris with it being a noted drifter late as well.
William Thomas repaid his supporters when he finished off strongly to get the verdict in the second race.
The John Price runner had been heavily supported first-up at this track a fortnight back and TAB customers once again rallied towards the gelding.
Coming with a sweeping run down the centre of the track, William Thomas ($3.50) overhauled Akkadian ($6), which was wide throughout, in the shadows of the post. I’m Telling Ya ($26) was an eye-catching third after making good ground from the rear.
William Thomas was the best backed runner with TAB and held more than three times as much money as the second pick in the market, Delvecchio ($4.60-$4.40) which ended up fourth across the line.
BETS: William Thomas $1,150 @ $3.40, $1,000 @ $3.10 TWICE, $5,500 @ $1.55 PLACE
BETS: Delvecchio $2,500 @ $4.60, $1,100 @ $4.60
Zoutori landed some nice bets when it was successful in the Rod Fenwick Handicap (1600 metres).
The Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained runner was one of the better backed runners at Caulfield on the day, going around with 66 percent of the total investment.
Sitting just off the speed, jockey Craig Williams was presented with a clear run on straightening and the son of Zoustar did the rest, powering to the front and beating the frontrunner Thunderdome ($7.50) along with Bill The Bee ($16) which sat outside the leader throughout.
Zoutori held over eight times the amount of money in the race than any other runner.
BETS: Zoutori $3,000 @ $2.30
BETS: Shandy $1,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $6/$2
The eachway specking for All About Nicci in the Darren Gauci Handicap (1100 metres) gave a good indication to her chances in the event.
The Kym Hann-trained runner opened at $26 this morning but reached as much as $41 in betting, before some eachway support saw it jump a $34 chance.
James Winks produced a gem of a ride on the daughter of Nicconi which had run up behind the leaders midway down the straight. Ducking and weaving for a run, Winks finally found a gap and the six-year-old did the rest, going away to beat Egyptian Bullet ($11) and Neurotic ($14) in a rough finish to the fifth.
My Biddy ($2.90) was a costly conveyance as it held the majority of the money while Warragul ($15-$10-$8.50) had good backing at the eachway price as well.
BETS: Warragul $5,000 x $3,000 e/w @ $8.50/$2.60
Missile Mantra landed a nice betting move to take out the Vale Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200 metres).
The Team Snowden runner opened the day as a $7.50 chance but by the time the race came around, $3.80 was on offer. Such was the nature of the move that Missile Mantra was backed into favouritism, overtaking Moldova and Hilo which were one and two in the market at 9am.
Beau Mertens timed his run to perfection on the son of Smart Missile, grabbing Grand Scholar ($26) late after that horse had broken clear of the field after straightening.
Express Pass ($26) wound up third.
While Missile Mantra went around as favourite, she wasn’t the most popular runner in the race with that honour going to Moldova ($4.60) while Memphis Rock ($8.50-$6.50) had good backing late.
BETS: Missile Mantra $1,088 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40, $1,200 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4, $1,000 e/w @ $4/$1.75
BETS: Memphis Rock $5,000 @ $7, $2,000 @ $6.50
Bam’s On Fire caused a minor upset in the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100 metres).
Although having her fair share of support ($7.50-$6), she was overshadowed in betting by the heavily backed favourite Propelle.
The Ellerton & Zahra-trained runner was crunched from $2.50 into $2 and held over 60 percent of the money and going around with six times the support as the winner.
Bam’s On Fire stuck to the inside for Nikita Beriman while Propelle came the widest for Craig Williams, the pair hitting the line with very little splitting them.
Angel Lass ($26) grabbed third in front of Trilli.
BETS: Bam’s On Fire $2,000 @ $7 TWICE
BETS: Propelle $5,000 @ $2.15
Favourite backers were left floundering when Leonardo Da Hinchi could only manage to finish fourth in the Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap (1200 metres).
The Mick Price runner was one of the best backed runners of the day at Caulfield, going around with nearly five times as much money as the winner.
Chasing the leader Jungle Edge, Leonardo da Hinchi only plugged to the line as Order Of Command swept past him and the frontrunner to score at $4 on TAB Fixed Odds.
Jungle Edge ($8.50) had support once again and held on to finish third while Firsthand ($6-$9.50) didn’t have a great deal of support but finished strongly to steal third in front of the favourite.
BETS: Order Of Command $1,500 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4 TWICE, $1,500 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.90
BETS: Leonardo da Hinchi $5,000 @ $2.60, $4,000 @ $2.60
One of the firmers in the final event on the card, Remember The Name, saluted for its backers in the JRA Handicap (1800 metres).
The Danny O’Brien runner was $7-$5.50-$6 and as much as $8.50 on Wednesday when markets first opened.
Brett Prebble came with a well timed run out wide on the track with the Lope De Vega mare, sweeping to the front inside the 200 metres and going right away to relegate Think Bleue ($6.50) to the runner-up spot. Silent Roar ($7) filled third in front of Indiana Lily.
While Remember The Name had its admirers, she wasn’t the best backed runner, with that honour going to Birth Of Venus ($5) which held around 30 percent than what the winner did. Think Bleue had good backing right throughout the week as well.
Araaja, for Chris Waller, was $13 on Wednesday and $11 this morning. It ended up jumping a $7 chance.
BETS: Remember The Name $1,000 @ $6 MULTIPLE TIMES