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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Angel Of Heaven $51-$15
Nobu $6-$4 favourite (after winning r3 @ Randwick)
Angel Of Heaven $51-$15
Fun Fact $51-$11 (after winning Grand Prix Stakes @ Eagle Farm)
Lord Arthur $9-$15
Home Made $51-$26
The Bostonian $8-$6 fav (after winning TAB Kingsford-Smith @ Eagle Farm)
Endless Drama $51-$26
Military Zone $34-$15 (after winning Fred Best Classic @ Eagle Farm)
Prince Fawaz $15-$4.50 fav (after winning r1 @ Randwick)
Strasbourg (not nom) $10-$9 (after winning Sire’s Produce @ Eagle Farm)
Sea Of Life $26-$15
Prince Fawaz caused the first upset of the day when charging home to take out the Supporterhub Handicap (1400 metres).
The Anthony Cummings-trained runner did have some admirers though and firmed up from $9.50-$8 from the morning.
Ridden a treat by Adam Hyeronimus, Prince Fawaz swept past the heavily backed favourite Reloaded ($1.75) to record an impressive win. Sea Of Life ($7.50) wound up in third spot.
Reloaded held nearly 80 percent of the total investment and was heavily leveraged through multis too.
BETS: Reloaded $11,000 @ $1.75, $10,000 @ $1.75, $5,000 @ $1.70
Lifesaver was one of the more popular runners heading into the TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap (1000 metres).
Opening at $12 on Wednesday, the Matty Dunn-trained runner was $8.50 this morning and with constant support ended up jumping a $7 chance.
Despite the good support he was overshadowed in betting by stablemate Vernazza, which went $4.60-$3.90 favourite on the day.
Enjoying a good run just off the speed, jockey Josh Parr pulled out three-wide on the turn and the pair hit the front midway down the straight but then had to hold off the effort of Madame Pauline ($5.50) in a tight finish. Irish Songs ($6.50-$8) wound up third.
BETS: Lifesaver $1,000 @ $7 TWICE
BETS: Vernazza $9,420 @ $3.90
The running of the Mizuno Handicap (2000 metres) proved to be a horror result for TAB with Nobu getting the money.
Chris Waller’s stable rep, one of two he had in the race, came with a well-timed run for Jason Collett and although going $2.50-$2.90, landed a stack of big bets after beating Carif ($6) on the post.
Think It Over ($6.50) wound up in third but the story here was the support for the winner, which was a huge loss for TAB.
Nobu accounted for 67 percent of the market.
Of the others, Frenzied ($6) was best tried outside the winner while Costas ($11-$8.50) firmed.
BETS: Nobu $19,510 @ $2.90, $2,000 @ $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Carif $2,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Frenzied $30,000 @ $2.10 PLACE
Favourite backers were given a slight scare but still collected in the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (2000 metres).
Wolfe was crunched from $1.90 in the morning to start a dominant $1.55 favourite, carrying 70 percent of the market.
Leading for jockey Tim Clark, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained runner shifted out in the straight but managed to hold off the fast-finishing Master Of Wine ($6.50-$7.50) in a nervous finish for those that took the shorts.
Raqeeq ($34) was the eye-catcher in finishing third after being hampered for a run early in the run home.
BETS: Wolfe $30,000 @ $1.60, $4,000 @ $1.55
Kolding did the right thing for those punters willing to take the shorts when he was successful in the Candana Bathroom Ware Handicap (1500 metres).
A son of Ocean Park, Kolding sat off the speed on the inside and carried well over half the total investment in the race. TAB had him as much as $3.50 on Wednesday but he jumped a $2.30 top elect.
Cruising up to the leader Quackerjack ($4.60-$3.70), which was the subject of a late move, the gelding raced away to beat the second pick comfortably. Galapagos ($61) filled the minor end of the prize.
The quinella pairing held nearly 80 percent of the market and the winner was three times as popular as the second horse.
BETS: Kolding $26,000 @ $2.25, $10,000 @ $2.25
BETS: Asharani $40,050 @ $2.20 PLACE
BETS: Quackerjack $3,000 @ $4
Not many punters found Charlyane in the Wilson Asset Management Handicap (1200 metres).
The Chris Waller runner jumped a $15 chance and didn’t attract a great deal of attention in the betting, with most of the money focused on Zonk ($5) and Gododdin ($3.60).
Jason Collett continued his good day in the saddle but coming away from the fence approaching the turn, finding a gap in the straight and spearing the mare through it. Charlyane sprinted quickly to beat a gallant Ready To Prophet ($6-$4.60) with Evalina ($19) rattling home to get third.
BETS: Ready To Prophet $50,000 @ $1.80 PLACE
Renewal ($3.20-$2.40) was crunched in betting and did the right thing by his backers in the Fujitsu Air Conditioning Handicap (1400 metres).
The Team Hawkes runner went around with twice as much money as any other runner and was popular through multis too.
He powered to the front midway down the straight and never looked like beating beaten from there, with Jean Van Overmeire rating the son of Dream Ahead to perfection after racing outside Special Missile.
BETS: Renewal $1,000 @ $2.90, $1,100 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.60, $2,400 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.50, $1,334 @ $2.50, $1,800 @ $2.40, $1,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
The market was spot on in the EML Handicap (1100 metres).
Deprive had opened the day as a $3 second pick but constant support throughout the day saw it tumbled into $2.30 favourite, which meant that Cradle Mountain went the other way ($2.30-$3.50).
Rachel King had the James Cummings runner last on the turn and facing a wall of horses but then pulled out a gem of a ride, switching back to the inside and weaving through runners to fly home and knock off Heart Conquered ($7) which looked all over a winner.
Noble Joey ($71) had some specking at the big odds and finished third in a tight finish for the minors.
BETS: Deprive $4,000 @ $2.30
November Man delivered a big blow to TAB after winning the final event on the card – the Seven News handicap (1000 metres).
The Anthony Cummings runner was $6.50 in the morning but by race time, had firmed into $5.50 after bottoming out at $4.80.
Christian Reith had the gelding positioned midfield before getting into the clear on straightening. Sprinting sharply, the four-year-old hit the front soon after to surge away for an impressive win for punters.
Power Command ($10) and Ellie’s Encore ($21) filled the minors.
November Man’s victory came at a big cost for TAB as it resulted in a significant loss of several hundred thousand dollars.
BETS: November Man $5,000 @ $4.80, $3,000 @ $4.80, $1,500 @ $4.80
The money was spot on in the opening race of the day.
Sebrakate had opened $2.80 favourite on Wednesday but blew to as much as $4 on Friday. Opening raceday at $3.80, TAB customers only wanted to back the Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig runner which was a very popular $3.10 favourite at the jump.
Leading throughout down the Flemington straight, Craig Williams didn’t have to do a great deal on the son of Sebring as he had decent margin over St Edwards Crown ($7.50) and Miami Bound ($7.50) at the finish.
BETS: Sebrakate $11,000 @ $3.10
BETS: Night Passage $3,000 x $5,000 e/w @ $6/$2
Fidelia landed a number of big bets once again when successful in the donate to NJTappeal.com.au Trophy (1600 metres).
The Robbie Griffiths-trained runner has been heavily supported at her past three wins and today was no different.
Settling near last which is her usual racing pattern, Jye McNeil brought her to the widest in the straight and she thundered home to overhaul Adversary ($8) and the leader Titan Blinders ($15-$23-$19).
Fidelia had opened the day as an odds-on favourite ($1.95) but got out to $2.25 at the jump. She was $2.60 when the market first opened on Wednesday.
Overall, Fidelia was responsible for 56 percent of the total investment and was nearly five times as popular as Orcein ($6.50) and Adversary which were the only other horses in single figures.
BETS: Fidelia $20,000 @ $2.20, $4,480 @ $2
Parsifal was the subject of several big bets in the LUCRF Super Handicap (1100 metres).
The Will Clarken-trained runner hovered around the $6-$7 mark for most of the day before jumping at the latter quote. Handling the straight best, Parsifal under the urgings of Michael Poy finished too well over the concluding stages for Moor Wanted ($31) and I’m Telling Ya ($18-$9.50), which had $41 on Wednesday.
Eurack jumped as the most popular runner going around as the $6 favourite and held nearly twice as much money as the winner.
BETS: Parsifal $7,000 @ $6.50, $50,000 @ $2.50 PLACE
BETS: Eurack $5,000 @ $4.80
Fabric enjoyed a good run behind the leader to score running away in the PFD Food Services Handicap (1400 metres).
Ridden by Craig Williams, Fabric stayed on the rails and hit the front at the top of the straight and booted clear to salute at $6 on TAB Fixed Odds.
The Danny O’Brien runner was the most popular in the race in terms of money taken, ahead of Shamal Lass ($5.50-$3.50) and Neighbourhood ($4.60) which attracted mammoth bets respectively.
BETS: Fabric $2,000 @ $6
BETS: Shamal Lass $35,000 @ $3.80
BETS: Neighbourhood $100,000 @ $1.90 PLACE
Admiral’s Joker had some specking to suggest it would be a force in the Heritage Finance Handicap (1800 metres).
The Kylie Vella-trained runner was $8.50 earlier in the week and today was hovering around the $6.50-$7 mark but was kept safe in the market by TAB.
Motoring home down the centre of the track, Admiral’s Joker mowed down the heavily tried Dr Drill after Cory Parish timed his run to perfection.
Stealthy Lucas ($17) grabbed the minor end of the prize in front of Sir Pippin ($6), which was best tried outside the favourite.
Dr Drill ($3.40-$2.60) was hammered in betting and was responsible for 42 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Admiral’s Joker $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Dr Drill $5,000 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Sir Pippin $50,000 @ $2.10 PLACE
Order Of Command was slightly easy in the market but the gelding finished best down the Flemington straight to take out the seventh event on the program.
Damien Oliver had the gelding just off the speed before he dived through on the inside of the leader, Milwaukee ($9), to issue his challenge in the final stages.
Order Of Command ($4-$4.60) finished best to give trainer Danny O’Brien a winning double, with Milwaukee and Sirius Suspect ($41) filling the minors.
It wasn’t a great race for favourite backers with the heavily tried Haunted, backed into $2.20 after being $2.60 in the morning, failed to figure at any stage of the race.
The Godolphin runner held 61 percent of the total investment.
Punters had it spot on In The Andrew Ramsden (2500 metres) with Steel Prince and Surprise Baby coming away from the rest of the field to out a great finish.
Surprise Baby ($2.30) went around as favourite and held three times the amount of money that Steel Prince ($3.10) did. It was fitting that the pair, responsible for 72 percent of the total investment, fought out the finish.
Damien Oliver got the best out of the Anthony Freedman-trained Steel Prince to nose out Surprise Bay, with Eastender running on stoutly for third at $19 on TAB Fixed Odds.
BETS: Steel Prince $3,000 @ $2.90
BETS: Surprise Baby $40,000 @ $2.40
Not Enough Effort maintained its unbeaten record by proving too slick in the Furphy Ale Plate (1100 metres).
The Sharyne Trolove runner had its share of support and was backed from $7.50-$6 on the day. Brian Park rode the gelding a treat with the pair beating Des Moines ($41) and Beerz With Clint ($11).
Anjana ($3.80) went around as the most popular runner in terms of money held. She was four times as popular as anything else in the race with Mumbles ($9.50) well tried at the eachway odds.
RACE THREE – MULLINS GRAND PRIX STAKES (2200 metres)
Michael Cahill dictated terms to suit himself in front on Fun Fact with the pair going away as impressive winners here.
Defying a betting drift, Fun Fact ($11-$19) was clear by six lengths at one stage in the back straight and kept on going down the stretch to score a nice win for trainer Bjorn Baker.
Angel Of Heaven ($10) and Home Made ($81) filled the minors and weren’t far off the winner in a rough result.
Favourite backers were sent packing with the heavily tried Lord Arthur ($3.40) always back in the field and never a threat.
BETS: Lord Arthur $3,000 @ $3.40, $15,000 @ $3.30
RACE FIVE – ASCOT GREEN LORD MAYOR’S CUP (1600 metres)
Order Again was one of the first horses backed earlier in the week and that confidence paid dividends.
TAB went up $7.50 for the Brian Smith-trained runner which would eventually go around as $5.50 shot. In terms of popularity, he was one of the more favoured runners with punters but there was no surprise to see Tom Melbourne ($2.30-$2.80) hold the mantle in that category.
Larry Cassidy had Order Again back in the pack and preferred to stay on the inside lanes, finding a gap midway down the straight and finishing too well to consign Tom Melbourne, which led, to another second.
Le Juge ($7.50), which was best supported outside of Tom Melbourne, wound up third.
BETS: Order Again $1,000 @ $5.50 TWICE
BETS: Tom Melbourne $30,000 @ $2.70
RACE SIX – KIRIN BRC SIRES’ PRODUCE STAKES (1400 metres)
Strasbourg was kept safe in betting with TAB and after a gem of a ride from Tommy Berry, landed the money in the Group Two event.
Jumping as a $6 chance after opening at $5 in the morning, Strasbourg was one of the better tried runners but didn’t hold as much as Accession, Czarson, Gem Of Scotland or Disruptor.
Settling midfield on the fence, Berry pulled the Team Snowden runner out four and five on the turn to set out after Garibaldi ($26).
Overhauling the frontrunners in the shadows of the post, Strasbourg beat the hard finishing Accession ($3.60 fav) with Garibaldi doing well to hold third.
The late money came for Czarson ($5-$4.40) while Creator ($13-$23) and Disruptor ($6.50-$12) were drifters. Gem Of Scotland ($5.50-$4.40) was a notable firmer but was luckless after being three-wide the journey.
BETS: Strasbourg $1,000 @ $6, $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Czarson $8,000 @ $4.60
RACE SEVEN – EVA AIR PREMIER’S CUP (2200 metres)
The Candy Man ($6) was a losing result for TAB after landing some nice bets in the staying event at Eagle Farm.
Trained by Barry Baldwin, The Candy Man was easily the best tried runner in the race and held around 25 percent more money than the next best tried which was Luvaluva ($5).
Jockey Michael Cahill summed up the race perfectly by sticking to the inside and as the gaps appeared, the son of Casino Prince finished best to get home for his backers.
Haripour ($9-$6.50) finished off well for second while Igraine ($9.50) held on well for third after leading.
The Candy Man went around with approximately a quarter of the total investment.
BETS: The Candy Man $1,000 @ $5.50 TWICE, $1,000 @ $5, $1,500 x $500 e/w @ $5/$2.10
RACE EIGHT – TAB KINGSFORD-SMITH CUP (1300 metres)
Michael Cahill racked up a winning treble on the day after landing consecutive Group Ones on The Bostonian ($11).
Defying a betting drift, The Bostonian opened the day at $7.50 after being $8.50 earlier in the week. The pair jumped well and were able to get behind the leader Irithea ($41) before peeling around the heels of that runner on straightening.
Sprinting sharply, the Tony Pike-trained runner powered away to hit the lead and then held off the fast finishers in Princess Posh ($151) and race favourite Trekking ($5.50).
Godolphin runner Trekking was easily the best tried runner in the race, holding 27 percent of the market. Victorem ($8.50-$7.50-$9) was next best in the popularity stakes while there were also moves for Ringerdingding ($11-$8), Dubious ($11-$8) and Prompt Response ($14-$10-$12).
BETS: The Bostonian $2,000 @ $11, $1,000 @ $11, $500 x $1,500 e/w @ $11/$3.70
BETS: Trekking $5,000 @ $5, $4,000 @ $5
BETS: Prompt Response $2,000 @ $12
RACE NINE – NUTURF FRED BEST CLASSIC (1400 metres)
The late money for Military Zone was right on the mark as the Team Snowden runner powered down the middle of the Eagle Farm track to take out the Group Three.
James McDonald timed his run perfectly on Military Zone, which firmed from $4.20 in the morning to start a $3.10 chance. Such was the push late in betting that Military Zone displaced long-time favourite Vega One ($3.40) at the top of the market.
Military Zone had opened $5.50 on Wednesday and was the most popular runner in the final event from Eagle Farm, representing a six-figure losing result for TAB in the process.
Baccarat Baby ($81) and Krone ($61) added plenty of spice to the exotics which saw the First4 top $168,000 on the NSW TAB.
BETS: Military Zone $1,000 e/w @ $4/$1.75, $3,000 @ $3.50, $2,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Vega One $6,000 @ $3.80, $5,000 @ $3.50