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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RACE FIVE – MORETON CUP
Baller had his share of admirers in the Ascot Green Moreton Cup (1200 metres).
Although getting out from a price of $9 in the morning to start at $13, Baller held nearly as much money as the big mover in the market – Scallopini ($11-$4.60-$5).
The late money was for Splintex ($2.60-$3.20-$2.50) which peaked at $3.20 just minutes out from the jump, prompting a flood of late money to see it crunched back into $2.50.
Of the rest, Varda ($4.60-$6) was the only other horse outside of the favourite to hold six-figures.
BETS: Splintex $2,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES, $3,000 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Varda $2,000 e/w @ $5.50/$1.95
RACE SIX – SPEAR CHIEF
Charleise made her backers sweat for it in the Nuturf Spear Chief Handicap (1500 metres).
The Maher & Eustace-trained galloper was planted three-wide the trip and had decent support riding on her. She went around as the third most popular galloper in terms of money held behind Luvoir ($5.50-$2.80) and Groundswell ($3.50-$4.40).
BETS: Charleise $1,000 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $6, $1,000 @ $5.50, $1,500 @ $5
RACE SEVEN – MAGIC MILLIONS NATIONAL CLASSIC
In-form mare Nudge finished best for Chris Waller to take out the Magic Millions National Classic (1600 metres).
Although popular with TAB customers, Nudge was a drifter on the day and went $4 out to $5.50 at the jump.
Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Nudge was just one of two horses that held six figures with TAB Fixed Odds with popular mare Nettoyer being the other.
Nettoyer was crunched in betting, especially late, and firmed from a quote of $5.50 in the morning to jump a $3 favourite.
BETS: Nudge $1,200 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5, $4,000 @ $4.70 AVERAGED OUT, $1,500 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4
BETS: Nettoyer $3,000 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3
The money was spot on in the James Squire Queensland Oaks (2200 metres).
Duais was sensationally supported throughout the day, firming from $4.80 in the morning into $2.80 at the jump!
Such was the support for the Ed Cummings-trained filly that she held two-and-a-half times the amount of money on raceday than any of her competitors.
Bargain was $4-$5 before coming back in to $4.40 while Grace And Harmony ($5-$7.50) had plenty of support despite getting out late. Charm’s Star ($8) was specked all week at the eachway quote.
The biggest bet on the winner was $20,000 taken on Friday in the lead-up to the Oaks, with the punter collecting a whopping $110,000 as a result of Hugh Bowman timing his run to perfection.
BETS: Duais $20,000 @ $5.50 (TAKEN FRIDAY), $4,000 @ $2.80, $2,600 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Bargain $1,500 @ $4
RACE SEVEN – XXXX WINTER CUP
Knights Order was pretty solid most of the day heading into the Winter Cup (2400 metres).
Going around as a $4.40 chance, Knights Order had his admirers but he only held a third of the money that the favourite Stockman ($3.40) did.
Inverloch ($12) had plenty of eachway money riding on him while Parry Sound ($3.20-$4.60) was the one that drifted throughout the day.
BETS: Knights Order $1,500 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
Invincible Caviar went around as the most popular horse in terms of money held.
Hovering around the $5.50-$6 mark for most of the day, she bottomed out at $4.80 and jumped at $6 but was generally a drifter after opening $3.50 on Wednesday.
She held 29 percent of the total investment but most of that was smaller bets.
Seonee ($3.60) was one of the first horses backed when markets opened and that support continued today. She was the most popular outside of Invincible Caviar.
The winner, Argentia, peaked at $7 before jumping at $6.
BETS: Argentia $1,500 @ $7
BETS: Invincible Caviar $1,500 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $5.50
One of the more popular results with TAB customers was the win of Yulong January.
The Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace-trained galloper went $2.90-$2.40 after bottoming out at $2.25 and held approximately twice as much as any other runner.
On the flip side, Rubisaki went $3.50-$5-$4.80 but still ran very competitively for its supporters.
BETS: Yulong January $2,000 @ $2.60, $3,500 @ $2.25, $3,000 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.30 MULTIPLE TIMES