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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Loving Gaby $15-$6 (after winning Chairman’s Stakes @ Caulfield)
Mclaren $15-$11 (after winning Canonbury Stakes @ Rosehill)
Amercement $51-$26 (after winning Widden Stakes @ Rosehill)
Blazing Miss $101-$51
Spring Loaded $101-$26
Alizee $8 fav – $4.50 fav (after winning Expressway Stakes @ Rosehill)
Vegadaze $51-$26 (after winning r4 @ Rosehill)
Punters were off to a good start at Rosehill when Mclaren was an impressive winner of the Canonbury Stakes (1100 metres).
Opening the day at $1.60 after being $1.85 earlier in the week, Mclaren was heavily supported and was more than 10 times as popular as anything else in the race. The Team Snowden runner accounted for 75 percent of the market.
Forced to sit outside second elect Exceed The Stars ($3.20-$4.80), James McDonald remained quiet on the son of Exceed And Excel until straightening, where the pair then put paid to the leader to race away and beat Spring Loaded ($10) and Deep Chill ($18).
BETS: Mclaren $4,905 @ $1.55, $3,500 @ $1.55, $2,000 @ $1.55, $5,000 @ $1.50, $4,236 @ $1.50, $25,000 @ $1.18 PLACE
Amercement justified the good support throughout the week when successful in the Widden Stakes (1100 metres).
TAB customers were keen to take the $9 about the James Cummings runner when markets opened on Wednesday and by the time Thursday morning had rolled around, $5.50 was on offer.
Today, the filly was $5.50 and bottomed out at $4.60 before jumping a $5 chance.
Brenton Avdulla had to dive back towards the inside running midway down the straight as Blazing Miss shifted out, however, he got enough out of Amercement to hold out the money horse in Rotator ($8). Blazing Miss ($8.50) wound up third.
Lucicello ($4.40) went around as the most popular horse in front of the winner, while Rotator had admirers on the day and firmed from a high of $10 and attracted good support.
BETS: Amercement $2,000 @ $5, $1,500 @ $5, $2,000 @ $4.60
BETS: Rotator $2,500 @ $10, $1,500 @ $9, $1,000 @ $8.50, $2,000 @ $8
BETS: Lucicello $2,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Avon River $2,000 @ $7.50
There was good specking throughout betting to suggest Embezzlement would run a cheeky race in the TAB Highway (1500 metres) and that is exactly how it panned out.
Ridden a treat by Tom Marquand, Embezzlement ($15-$9.50-$7.50-$9.50) raced on the speed and stuck to the rails when the leader shifted off. Sprinting sharply, the four-year-old spaced her rivals in beating Trumbo ($23) and Red Liberty ($34).
Most of the money here was with Nicconita ($3.70-$3.10-$3.10) which was five times as popular as anything else in the race. After racing back in the field and wide, she ran on reasonably well to be just behind the placegetters but never looked a winning hope.
Vegadaze led throughout in the Countdown To Golden Slipper Handicap (1400 metres) but didn’t attract the money that two of his rivals did.
The Anthony Cummings-trained runner was easily third best in the popularity stakes behind Ljungberg and Adana, which held more than triple and double the amount of money respectively.
Finding the front and rated perfectly by Tim Clark, Vegadaze ($3.80-$3.50) repelled the challenge firstly from Ljungberg ($2.50-$3) and then Adana ($5-$4.40-$5), which ran on well to finish second.
BETS: Vegadaze $2,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Adana $2,000 @ $4.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $4.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Ljungberg $5,000 @ $3
Thy Kingdom Come delivered a losing result to the TAB after racing away to win the TAB Handicap (1400 metres).
The John Thompson-trained runner sat behind the leader and jockey James McDonald stayed there, with the gelding proving too strong for Mapmaker ($21) and Nicochet ($15-$10).
In what proved to be one of the best betting races of the day, nearly every single runner came in for some sort of decent support. Pacquirri ($15-$8) caught the eye of punters late while Looks Like Elvis ($23-$12) ran right up to the specking that came his way in running fourth.
BETS: Thy Kingdom Come $3,100 @ $4.20
BETS: Mapmaker $10,000 @ $3.80 PLACE
Alizee defied a big betting drift to record an impressive win in the Expressway Stakes (1200 metres).
The James Cummings mare was $1.80 on Wednesday and still odds-on earlier in this morning, however, she lost favouritism prior to the jump to Trapeze Artist and ended up jumping a $2.90 second pick.
Settling last in the field of five, jockey Blake Shinn came to the outside at the top of the straight and let Alizee go, with the four-year-old putting paid to her rivals in a few strides.
She raced right away to beat Le Romain ($4.40) and the leader Dothraki ($23) which held third.
Trapeze Artist, which was sensationally backed from $4.20 on Wednesday and $3-$2.40 fav today, only battled in the straight and wound up fourth after sitting outside the speed.
Trapeze Artist was the most popular runner and despite the betting drift, Alizee was a clear second in that regard.
BETS: Alizee $4,000 @ $2.80, $2,500 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80, $4,000 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70
BETS: Trapeze Artist $20,000 @ $4.20 (taken earlier in the week), $2,500 @ $3, $2,000 @ $2.50 TWICE, $2,000 @ $2.40 SEVERAL TIMES, $2,000 @ $2.30 TWICE
Girl Tuesday was the best backed runner all day across any venue in Australia.
The Chris Waller mare was hammered in betting for the Events By ATC Handicap (1500 metres), going from $4.60 on Wednesday to start a very short $2.10 favourite by jump time.
She commanded three-quarters of the total investment and held more money than any other horse in Australia but after settling back in the field, she failed to run on sufficiently as stablemate Seaway ($3.10-$5) defied a betting drift to score.
Smartedge ($8) ran on for second in front of Hallelujah Boy ($26-$31) which filled the minor end of the prize.
BETS: Seaway $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Girl Tuesday $10,000 @ $2.50, $14,720 @ $2.10, $6,562 @ $2.10, $6,000 @ $2.10, $3,000 @ $2.10 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,5,00 @ $2.10, $2,000 @ $2.10 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $2.05 MULTIPLE TIMES, $4,000 @ $2.05 MULTIPLE TIMES
Cyber Intervention pulled off a good betting move when it was successful in the Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (2000 metres).
The gelding was specked at double figure odds throughout the week but was still $13 this morning. Backed in even further from $9-$7 throughout the day, jockey Tim Clark timed his perfectly and when the pair found clear running in the straight, sprinted sharply to overhaul Nahuel ($4.80-$3.80-$4.80) over the concluding stages.
The Joe Pride-trained runner went around as one of the more popular runners in the race with Nahuel, $8 on Wednesday, holding the most in front of Island Missile ($8).
Of the others, Asterius was $5-$4 and jumped favourite after attracting good support late.
BETS: Cyber Intervention $500 @ $8.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $500 e/w @ $8/$2.60, $1,500 @ $7.50, $1,000 @ $7.50 TWICE
BETS: Nahuel $6,000 @ $4.80
All Too Royal won a nail biter in the final event on the card.
Backed from $6 to start a $4.40 second pick, most of the money came for the Maher & Eustace runner late as the majority of the investment was with the Chris Waller runner in Paret ($4).
Chasing the leader All Over Bosanova, All Too Royal finally claimed the frontrunner over the concluding stages but then had to withstanding a lightning finish from Maximus ($12) which burst through along the inside. Performer, which had been $7-$4 at one stage, jumped a $5.50 chance and worked home nicely for fourth while Paret wasn’t too far off.
Paret went around with more than half the total riding on his back while All Too Royal was the second most popular runner in the race.
BETS: All Too Royal $4,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Paret $5,000 @ $4, $3,000 @ $4
The money was spot on with Mystyko in the opening event – the Veuve Clicquot Lawn Handicap (1100 metres).
Punters backed it from $4.40 third elect in the morning in to $3.70 favourite at the jump, pushing out the price of Sam’s Image ($3.50-$4) and Tony Nicconi ($3.70-$4.60).
Despite sitting wide for the entire race, Mystyko hit the front midway down the straight for Chelsea Hall to beat Redcore ($7.50) and Sam’s Image ($4).
BETS: Mystyko $1,500 @ $3.70, $1,000 @ $3.70, $1,250 @ $3.60, $1,000 @ $3.60
BETS: Sam’s Image $4,000 @ $3.50
The two most popular runners fought out the finish of the Robert Hunter Handicap (2400 metres).
While all the big money late in betting came for Pissaro, Second Bullet went around holding slightly more as a $2.80 favourite.
Ridden patiently by Damien Oliver, Second Bullet sat second last and then came with a sweeping run down the centre of the track to arrive in time and nail the leader Pissaro ($2.90) in the shadows of the post.
Double Bluff, which was the best mover in the race, was $17-$8 and ended up just behind the first two in third spot.
Second Bullet and Pissaro held over 75 percent of the market between them.
BETS: Second Bullet $4,500 @ $2.80, $2,500 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Pissaro $8,400 @ $3, $3,000 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3 TWICE, $1,800 @ $3
BETS: Khezerabad $1,700 @ $4.20, $1,650 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4
Punters knew what they were doing in this race with Naantali landing a number of big bets.
When betting for the John Moule Handicap (14900 metres) opened last Wednesday, TAB had the mare rated a $3.30 chance which was quickly snapped up. Today, Naantali was $2.40 and bottomed out at $2.20. She jumped a $2.25 favourite and was responsible for 62 percent of the total investment.
Settling in behind the leader Amortentia ($6.50-$5), Damien Lane waited until straightening and found a gap, with the four-year-old sprinting too well to overhaul Ocean Deep ($9) and Abyssinian ($4-$7) which worked home nicely for third.
Of the others, Amortentia had good backing late and was a notable firmer $6.50-$5 but faded after leading.
BETS: Naantali $4,000 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.30, $1,500 @ $2.30 TWICE, $5,000 @ $2.25, $2,500 @ $2.25, $1,500 @ $2.25, $9,500 @ $2.20
BETS: Amortentia $3,000 e/w @ $6/$1.85, $2,450 @ $6, $1,000 @ $6, $1,550 @ $5.50, $9,000 @ $1.70 PLACE
It was pretty much a race in two from a betting perspective and that is how the fourth event on the card panned out.
Prince Ziggy ($2.50) went around as favourite after drifting from $2.20 in the morning and Lamborghini ($3.60) was the only one seriously tried to beat it.
The pair came with sweeping runs down the centre of the track with Lamborghini getting the upper hand close to home.
Between the pair they held 70 percent of the market.
BETS: Lamborghini $2,000 @ $3.70, $2,000 @ $3.60, $1,300 @ $3.60
BETS: Prince Ziggy $4,000 @ $2.50, $2,500 @ $2.50
Loving Gaby landed some nice bets in winning the Chairman’s Stakes (1000 metres) in impressive style.
Ridden a treat by Damian Lane, the heavily supported filly followed the rails on straightening and then sprinted sharply through a gap when it presented, racing right away to beat Bella Rosa ($6) and the leader, Lanigera ($4.80).
Loving Gaby had opened $5.50 on Wednesday and was backed into $3.60 favourite with 35 percent of the total investment riding with her.
Of the others, Art Collection was the initial favourite at $3.90 on Wednesday but blew significantly in betting to be $8.50 at the jump.
BETS: Loving Gaby $2,000 @ $4, $1,300 @ $4, $1,200 e/w @ $4/$1.70, $3,000 @ $3.90, $2,000 @ $3.90 TWICE, $1,000 @ $3.90
The money was spot on with Antah ($2.60) who landed some nice bets in taking out the first leg of the Quaddie.
Antah was as low as $2.20 in the morning but commanded 43 percent of all bets on the race and there was never any doubt in the result after Jason Maskeill rode the perfect race.
Kaching, easily best tried to beat the fav, was $4.20-$3.70 late and battled on stoutly to finish second while the leader George Patton ($34) managed to hold third in front of Notio ($4.20).
BETS: Antah $17,000 @ $2.50, $10,000 @ $2.50, $3,000 @ $2.50
Bons Away held the most money outside the favourite in the feature event of the day at Caulfield – the Polytrack W.J Adams Stakes (1000 metres).
Opening at $18 on Wednesday, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace runner did have some specking at the price. With the scratching of hot favourite Nature Strip, $8 was on offer for most of today.
Bons Away ($8.50) benefitted from tracking the favourite Written By ($1.65), which led, and then thanks to some great riding by Linda Meech, found space to go right up along the inside and score the upset. Encryption ($3.70-$6.50) ran on to grab third.
Written By went around as one of the most popular runners on the day and was responsible for 70 percent of the market.
BETS: Bons Away $1,000 @ $8.50
BETS: Written By $3,000 @ $1.70, $4,120 @ $1.65, $4,000 @ $1.65, $2,000 @ $1.65
Tin Hat led throughout to land the cash for favourite backers in the Manfred Stakes (1200 metres).
The James Cummings runner was the most popular runner right throughout betting, with money coming in as early as Wednesday when $4 was available. Today, he hovered around the $2.90-$3.10 mark before jumping a clear $3 favourite.
Jumping straight to the front, Damian Lane never had any cause for concern as the pair scooting clear on straightening to defeat Halvorsen ($16) and Poised To Strike ($3.40-$4.40-$4.20) which raced without cover throughout.
Tin Hat was responsible for just under 33 percent of the total investment while stablemate Ranier ($6) had some really strong support over the final stages of betting. Poised To Strike, while a drifter, had its admirers as did Fundamentalist ($5.50) which was $26 on Wednesday.
BETS: Tin Hat $3,000 @ $4 (taken earlier in the week), $2,500 @ $3
BETS: Poised To Strike $12,090 @ $4.40, $4,000 @ $4.40
The late money was spot on with Heptagon landing the result in the Mal Seccull Handicap (1400 metres).
Backed from $6.50 to start $4.40, Heptagon sprinted sharply on straightening when Mark Zahra found clear running and the pair overhauled Streets Of Avalon ($5) to score a comfortable win.
Our Peaky Blinders ($23) ran third with the big disappointment being the heavily tried Mr Money Bags ($2.70). It held well over half the total investment but was never given a chance after being three-wide the journey.
BETS: Heptagon $2,000 @ $4.40, $1,500 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Mr Money Bags $2,000 @ $3, $3,000 @ $2.90, $5,000 @ $2.70, $4,000 @ $2.70