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PUNTER TURNS A LITTLE IN TO A LOT AFTER MASSIVE FIRST 4 IN TAB AUSTRALIAN CUP
One TAB customer spent just $76 but collected well over $10,000 after Harlem’s upset victory in the Australian Cup.
They stood out both Harlem and Shillelagh for first and played around the favourite Avilius. Getting the fourth selection wasn’t an issue either after they played the ‘Field’.
Bet details below:
Dividend: $175,729 (VIC TAB)
1st: Harlem ($40.50)
2nd: Shillelagh ($3.10 place)
3rd: Trap For Fools ($3.20 place)
4th: So Si Bon
Tenley $13-$8 (after winning Reisling Stakes)
Yes Yes Yes $8-$6 eq fav (after winning Todman Stakes @ Randwick)
Bellevue Hill $26-$11
Time To Reign $7-$15
Yes Yes Yes $15-$6 eq fav (after winning Todman Stakes @ Randwick)
Tenley $15-$6 eq fav (after winning Reisling Stakes)
Bellevue Hill $26-$11
Time To Reign $11-$26
The Autumn Sun $2-$1.80 fav (after winning Randwick Guineas)
Madison County $26-$11
Fundamentalist & Nakeeta Jane $26-$15
Nakeeta Jane $4.50 unchanged
Miss Fabulass $15-$26
Trapeze Artist $8-$6 fav (after winning Canterbury League Club Stakes @ Randwick)
Sunlight $15-$11 (after winning Newmarket Handicap @ Flemington)
Osborne Bulls $9-$8
In Her Time $11-$15
Brave Smash $26-$15
Hiyaam $26-$15 (after winning r9 @ Randwick)
Glory Days $26-$15 (after winning Auckland Cup)
Prophet’s Thumb $51-$26 (after winning r2 @ Randwick)
Trope, Jonker and Humma Humma all $51-$26
Nettoyer $51-$15 (after winning Aspiration Quality)
Luskintyre Lass $51-$26
Archedemus $4.50-$4 fav (after winning Newcastle qualifier)
Oakfield Missile $51-$26
Oakfield Twilight inserted as a $26 chance
Superhard defied a big betting drift to prove too good in the opening event on the card.
The John Sadler runner opened at $5.50 on Wednesday but was largely ignored by punters and by the time the race rolled around, he blew out to $11.
Finishing best over the final 200 metres, Superhard raced away to beat Belwazi ($9) and Bandipur ($9.50).
Most of the money centred around Mystyko ($5) and King Of Yulong ($6) with the pair responsible for 46 percent of the total investment while Crown Witness ($5) had its share of admirers too.
BETS: Crown Witness $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $5/$1.90, $1,000 e/w @ $5/$1.90, $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Malahat $2,000 @ $5
BETS: King Of Yulong $2,000 @ $6
Simply Invincible knocked out plenty of multis when taking out the World Horse Racing Trophy (1400 metres).
Sent out an $11 chance, the son of I Am invincible sat outside the hot favourite Greyworm ($2.40-$2), he nailed the leader right on the line in a stirring finish.
Antah, which drifted $4.40-$5.50 late, wound up in third but was never a factor.
Greyworm had been nearly three times as popular as anything else and held nearly 50 percent of the market.
The win gave Ben Melham an early double having saluted with Superhard in the opener.
BETS: Simply Invincible $500 @ $10
BETS: Greyworm $5,000 @ $2, $4,000 @ $2, $3,000 @ $2, $2,000 @ $2, $25,000 @ $1.16 PLACE
Hang Man landed some nice investments when he finished too well for his rivals in the Furphy Ale Handicap (2000 metres).
The Michael Moroney runner tracked through the favourite Thunder Cloud on straightening before peeling around its heels to issue its challenge. Hitting the line hard, Hang Man ($4.20-$3.80) ran down the leader Valac ($9-$7.50) with the well tried Thunder Cloud ($2.70) back in third.
While Hang Man had been popular today, it was Thunder Cloud that had been the focus of punters since the market opened on Wednesday. He was $4.20 at that point and held over half the total investment.
Of the others, Exemplar ($6.50) attracted a few sizable bets.
BETS: Thunder Cloud $2,500 @ $2.70, $1,500 @ $2.70, $1,000 @ $2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Hang Man $2,000 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.80, $1,170 @ $3.70, $1,115 @ $3.70, $1,000 @ $3.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $1.50 PLACE
BETS: Exemplar $14,500 X $5,500 E/W @ $6.50/$1.95, $2,000 @ $6.50
Anjana stopped TAB from taking a big loss on the race after it saluted in the Incognitus Stakes (1100 metres).
The Mick Price filly looked strong over the concluding stages as she beat Sunset Watch ($5-$4.80) which represented a big loss for TAB had it won.
Fine Dane, which led them up, held third at $15.
Sunset Watch was twice as popular as anything else while Bleu Roche ($5.50-$7) and Golden Hallo ($11) were well tried as well.
BETS: Anjana $2,000 @ $8.50, $1,000 @ $7
La Tene was too strong her rivals in the MSS Security Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400 metres).
Another winner on the day for Godolphin and James Cummings, La Tene didn’t have a great deal of backing as the daughter of Helmet went around a $14 chance.
Racing on the speed and doing plenty of work, La Tene held off the heavily supported Dalasan ($3.70) which didn’t have a great deal of luck in the straight. Fling, which had led at $41, held third and wasn’t far away.
Dalasan held approximately 43 percent of the total investment and rattled home from the second half of the field. Really Discreet ($4.80), which was a close fourth, actually held more money than any of the other runners outside the fav.
Of the others, Hawker Hurricane had admirers as well.
BETS: Dalasan $10,000 @ $3.70
Brilliant filly Sunlight led throughout to win the Group One Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (1200 metres).
Leading throughout for Barend Vorster, Sunlight repelled the challenge of Graff ($8.50-$7.50) to hold on and beat the flying Osborne Bulls ($4) with Brave Smash ($31) getting the third spot just in front of Graff.
Sunlight was the third most popular runner in terms of money taken, behind Osborne Bulls and Santa Ana Lane ($11).
Osborne Bulls was responsible for 35 percent of the market and held nearly four times as much money as the winner.
Outside of those, Eduardo had been a notable firmer having been $8.50 in the morning. The Sarah Azchoke-trained runner jumped a $6 second pick behind Osborne Bulls.
BETS: Sunlight $1,000 e/w @ $13/$4.20, $1,000 @ $13
BETS: Graff $2,000 @ $8.50
BETS: Santa Ana Lane $3,000 @ $9.50
BETS: Osborne Bulls $10,000 @ $4.20
Spanish Whisper benefitted from having a good spot fourth in the run to take out the TAB Kewney Stakes (1400 metres).
Dwayne Dunn issued his challenge at the right time as the $7.50 chance overhauled the gallant Victory Kingdom ($12), which led, with Angelic Ruler ($2.90-$2.60) hitting the line hard for third after being held up until midway down the straight.
Angelic Ruler was easily the most popular runner in front of Princess Jenni ($8-$12), despite being a drifter, with Spanish Whisper next best in front of Kenyan Wonder ($6).
BETS: Spanish Whisper $1,000 @ $7.50 TWICE
Harlem made it back-to-back TAB Australian Cups when it outlasted its opposition in the Group One over 2000m.
Settling fourth in the run, Harlem had to pull out all the stops as the $34 shot was challenged by Shillelagh ($18) and kicked strongly under the urgings of Jamie Kah to get the win in a tight photo. It was Kah’s first Group One win.
Trap For Fools, which led, held on for third at $14.
The big disappointment from a betting perspective was the odds-on favourite Avilius, which was hammered in betting. The James Cummings runner was $1.80-$1.65 on the day and commanded over half the investment on the race.
BETS: Harlem $1,000 @ $41
BETS: Avilius $5,000 @ $1.75 twice, $3,500 @ $1.65, $5,000 @ $1.60, $3,000 @ $1.60 TWICE, $7,800 @ $1.16 PLACE
Spanish Reef proved too tough for her rivals as she won the final event on the program.
The Ken Keys-trained mare did all the work in the run and landed some nice bets after Mark Zahra got the best out of her in the run home. Spanish Reef had been $4.20 in the morning before jumping as a $5.50 chance.
She drifted mainly due to the support for the favourite Naantali ($3.20-$2.70), which ended up holding slightly more money than the winner, but the two horses were easily the two most popular in terms of money held.
The money was nearly spot on as Naantali finished a narrow second with Pure Scot ($15) grabbing the minor end of the money.
BETS: Spanish Reef $2,000 x $10,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2, $1,000 @ $5.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $5, $1,380 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5, $2,500 @ $4.80
Winter Bride landed some nice bets as she took out a thrilling edition of the Wenona Girl Quality (1200 metres).
The Toby Edmonds-trained runner enjoyed a good run just off the speed and Tommy Berry timed his run to perfection, landing the cash narrowly over the fast-finishing Spright and Resin close up.
Winter Bride ($5-$6.50) did get out slightly in the betting late as did Spright ($3-$3.60) while there was some specking at the bottom end of the field with In Good Time ($31-$18-$14) and Za Zi Ba ($34-$23-$16).
Sweet Scandal ($5) fluctuated between $4.80-$4.20-$5 and had admirers but most of the cash here was with Spright, who was nearly three times as popular as the winner.
BETS: Winter Bride $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Spright $3,000 @ $3.60
Prophet’s Thumb ($10-$9) was quietly specked in betting and flew home to score in the Tokyo City Keiba Fireball Stakes (1100 metres).
Jockey Jason Collett timed his run to perfection as he weaved through the rails before finding clear running, finishing powerfully to beat the flashing Trope ($23-$12-$10) which had been tried at a price.
Jonker, which led, battled on for third at $7.50 just in front of Humma Humma ($7.50-$8-$7.50).
Baller, which was easily the most popular runner, got the wobbles late and went $3.20-$3.80 while Jonker, Trope and Sandbar ($4.80-$6.50) were best tried to beat it.
BETS: Sandbar $3,000 @ $6.50, $5,000 e/w @ $6/$2.20
BETS: Jonker $2,000 @ $7.50, $1,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Trope $1,000 @ $10
The money was spot on in the Austus Australia Reisling Stakes (1200 metres) after Tenley saluted.
Ridden by James McDonald, Tenley was backed from $3.70-$3.50 on the day but was $4.60 earlier in the week. Holding more money than any other runner, Tenley came with a powerful finish down the outside of the track and swept past the majority of the field to beat stablemate Exhilarates ($3.10-$4.20) and the leader Vincere Volare ($5.50-$7.50).
The notable firmer in Wayupinthesky ($15-$8.50-$6) failed to figure in the finish.
BETS: Tenley $3,000 @ $3.60, $4,500 @ $3.50, $2,000 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50, $5,000 @ $3.40
BETS: Wayupinthesky $5,000 @ $7.50, $5,000 @ $6.50
There was strong money around to suggest that Yes Yes Yes would be winning the UNSW Todman Stakes (1200 metres) and that proved to be the case.
Ridden quiet by Blake Shinn, Yes Yes Yes ($4.60-$4.40) came from near last to sweep past the field and beat the well tried leader Bellevue Hill ($15-$6-$4) and Dubious ($5.50-$7.50).
Yes Yes Yes, trained by Chris Waller, was the second most popular runner in the race but he still held less than half the money that Time To Reign ($2.90) did.
The Silver Slipper winner raced on the fence but failed to quicken in the straight and was beaten a fair way.
BETS: Yes Yes Yes $1,000 @ $4.80, $1,100 @ $4.60, $1,00 @ $4.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $4.40, $1,200 @ $4.40
BETS: Time To Reign $4,000 $2.90, $4,000 @ $2.60
Ball Of Muscle led throughout to repel the challenge of the hot favourite Redzel in the Group Two Hyland Race Colours Challenge Stakes (1000 metres).
Rated a treat by Glyn Schofield in front, Ball of Muscle ($11) carried some good eachway investments as he dropped Jungle Edge on straightening and then held off Redzel ($1.60) and Viridine ($12).
Redzel had sat fourth in the running and was just nosed out, ruining plenty of multis for those that took the $1.60. The Team Snowden runner held 62 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Ball Of Muscle $500 @ $11, $500 @ $11
Trapeze Artist defied the betting drift to lead throughout in the Group One Canterbury League Club Stakes (1300 metres).
Blake Shinn rated the stallion prospect a treat in front with the pair booting clear midway down the straight to easily hold Shoals ($6-$5) and Prompt Response ($41). Trapeze Artist had been a $2.80 favourite earlier in the week but jumped a $3.90 chance as he lost favouritism to Kementari ($4-$3.40).
Kementari went around as the most popular runner with TAB customers and held more than twice as much as Trapeze Artist, while Shoals was next best backed.
Pierata ($4-$4.60) held slightly more money than Trapeze Artist.
BETS: Trapeze Artist $22,000 @ $3.20, $34,240 @ $3 (All In bet)
Favourite backers had some nervous moments in the Mostyn Copper Randwick Guineas (1600 metres) but they were rewarded with their faith with a last-stride win.
Kerrin McEvoy was forced to sit back near the rear as Miss Fabulass carved out time in front, with the pair some eight lengths off the front turning for home.
The Autumn Sun ($1.50-$1.75), a drifter in betting, then began to issue his challenge and unwound a scintillating burst to nail Fundamentalist ($15) right on the line.
Nakeeta Jane, which they backed to beat The Autumn Sun, was as much as $6 in the morning and was crunched in to $3.70. She finished in third spot.
The Autumn Sun was easily the most popular runner of the day at Randwick and held 77 percent of the total investment.
BETS: The Autumn Sun $8,500 @ $1.75, $10,000 @ $1.70, $5,000 @ $1.70 TWICE, $4,000 @ $1.70, $10,000 @ $1.60, $8,000 @ $1.60, $42,000 @ $1.55, $10,000 @ $1.55, $8,000 @ $1.55, $5,000 @ $1.55, $20,000 @ $1.50, $30,000 @ $1.10 PLACE, $11,000 @ $1.10 PLACE
BETS: Nakeeta Jane $3,000 @ $3.90
Nettoyer landed a good betting move when she swept home to take out the Group Three Teed Up Golf Tours Aspiration Quality (1600 metres).
The Wendy Roche-trained runner was $10 on Wednesday and still $8.50 this morning, however, by the time the race rolled around she was crunched into $4.40 favourite.
Luvaluva ($8) wound up second in front of Luskintyre Lass ($5). All Too Soon was the most popular runner but was a drifter. She was $4.20 favourite in the morning and went out to $5.50.
BETS: Nettoyer $1,000 e/w @ $6.50/$2.20, $1,000 e/w @ $6/$2, $1,000 @ $5
Tim Clark and Mick Price took out the final event on the card with Hiyaam.
A daughter of High Chaparral, Hiyaam was well backed throughout the day after being $5.50 in the morning. Punters jumped all over the four-year-old which saw a further move from $4.20-$3.60. Such was the support for her that she started favourite.
Leading throughout, she beat the fast-finishing Shraaoh ($16) and Emperor’s Way ($10-$4.80) which more than halved its quote from the morning.
Jaameh ended up being the most popular runner in front of Emperor’s Way, with Big Duke next in front of Hiyaam.
BETS: Hiyaam $2,000 @ $3.70