Raceday wagering review
The wagering review of Saturday's TAB.com.au fixed odds betting for races at Randwick and Sandown-Hillside plus Future market updates:
2YO MAGIC MILLIONS
Meryl $101-$26 (after winning BJ McLachlan Stakes)
Quackerjack $101-$15 (after winning r1 @ Randwick)
3YO MAGIC MILLIONS
Pierata $4-$3 fav (after winning Vo Rogue Plate)
Sasso Corbaro $11-$8 (after winning r2 @ Randwick)
Pendelopque $101-$26 (after winning r4 @ Randwick)
Meryl $201-$51 (after winning BJ McLachlan Stakes)
Quackerjack $101-$51 (after winning r1 @ Randwick)
BETS OF NOTE
Pierata $5,000 @ $4 TAKEN BEFORE RACING TODAY (3YO Magic Millions)
Quackerjack ($17-$26) finished off powerfully to score the upset in the New Year's Day at Royal Randwick Plate (1100 metres).
The Mark Newnham-trained youngster, ridden by Koby Jennings, produced a sizzling burst down the centre of the track to run over the race favourite Secret Lady ($4.40-$3.60) which had been well supported throughout the day.
Third went to Everard ($26-$41) who pinched ground along the fence. The early favourite in Legislation ($2.90-$3.90) drifted alarmingly in betting in the final 10 minutes and wound up fourth. The Team Snowden-prepared runner ended up starting second elect in the market but still held nearly 60 percent of the money.
Of the others, Fearless Girl ($6.50-$5.50) had good support. Quackerjack went around as one of the least fancied runners in the race.
BETS: Legislation $10,000 @ $1.50 PLACE, $2,500 @ $3.30
BETS: Secret Lady $4,000 @ $3.70
BETS: Fearless Girl $1,000 e/w @ $5/$1.95, $1,000 e/w @ $5/$1.95
Sasso Corbaro ($2.40-$1.95) went out as one of the best backed runners all day at Randwick and did the right thing by punters.
The Kris Lees-trained runner held nearly 70 percent of the market and after getting an inside run at the top of the straight, put paid to its rivals.
Ridden perfectly by Blake Shinn, Sasso Corbaro beat Kissing Game ($7.50-$6) and the drifting Epidemic ($3-$6).
BETS: Sasso Corbaro $4,500 @ $2.20, $4,000 @ $2, $3,500 @ $1.90
Dreamforce ($2.70-$2.25) landed some good bets in leading throughout in the third event on the card at Randwick.
Ridden perfectly by Blaike McDougall, Dreamforce booted clear at the top of the straight and never looked in danger of defeat as he defeated Hunter Jack ($7-$6) and Liapari ($6.50-$8).
From a punting point of view, there was little between Dreamforce and New Universe in terms of money held with the pair responsible for more than half of the market.
The stronger money was with Dreamforce though as he overtook New Universe ($2.50-$4.20) for favouritism.
BETS: Dreamforce $1,800 @ $2.70, $2,500 @ $2.35 TWICE
Pendeloque ($4.40-$4.60) was the most popular runner in terms of money taken and led throughout to win the TAB.com.au Handicap (1100 metres).
Piloted by James Innes Jnr, Pendeloque held off the finishing bursts of Junglized ($5.50-$8) and Kennedy ($3-$3.20).
The Gerald Ryan-trained winner was responsible for 40 percent of the total investment.
Of the others, Lady Of Crebilly was $8 earlier in the week and firmed up today from $5 into $4.40.
Backers of Brave Song ($1.85-$1.55) had no cause for concern as the three-year-old easily handled his rivals in the #theraces Handicap (1200 metres).
The Team Snowden-trained runner went around as one of the best supported runners in Australia today, commanding nearly 80 percent of the market.
Crafty Cop ($6-$9) was a drifter but battled on gamely after leading while Flow ($3.50-$6) was close up in third but had the blows all day.
BETS: Brave Song $7,202 @ $1.55, $6,000 @ $1.55
One of the best moves all day was for All Stand which was a brilliant winner of the TAB Highway (1100 metres).
The Todd Howlett-trained runner firmed up from $4.40 into $3.70 in the final 10 minutes of betting, and as a result, it saw it start a clear favourite over Takookacod ($4.80) and Acquittal ($3.20-$6), with the latter being favourite for most of the week.
Following the speed set by Our Dasha, jockey Jean Van Overmeire issued his challenge at the top of the straight with the pair having a margin to spare at the finish over Remittance ($9) and Acquittal.
Although a noted drifter, Acquittal was the second best supported runner in terms of money held, with Remittance and Takookacod next best.
BETS: All Stand $1,000 @ $4.20, $1,500 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4, $1,500 @ $3.70, $1,500 x $2,000 e/w @ $3.70/$1.60
Music Magnate ($3.10-$3.60) went around as the most popular runner in terms of money taken for the Christmas Classic (1200 metres).
Forced to race outside the leader Isorich for the majority of the trip, Music Magnate was too strong for Dothraki ($10-$8.50-$9.50) with the leader holding on for third in front of the well backed Supreme Effort ($7.50-$6).
Music Magnate was nearly twice as popular as anything else in the race. Of the others, Eckstein ($4.60-$4.20) was one of the best tried to win the race.
BETS: Music Magnate $3,000 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3.30 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.10 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Supreme Effort $8,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Eckstein $5,000 @ $5
Hogmanay broke a frustrating run of outs by leading throughout at juicy odds for its backers.
The Chris Waller-trained runner was solid at the $12 mark throughout the day and attracted eachway money from earlier this morning.
Vaucluse Bay ($9.50-$7.50) was one of the better supported runners in the race and wound up second after sitting outside the leader, while Zourkhan ($6-$3.60-$4.40) was popular with TAB customers earlier in the day and finished with the minor end of the prize.
Xebec ($11-$7.50-$9.50) wound up fourth to give Waller the first four.
BETS: Hogmanay $1,800 x $900 e/w @ $11/$3.15
BETS: Zourkhan $2,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Gamblers Blues $2,000 @ $5.50
Punters ended the day on a high after Sugar Bella swept to victory in the ATC Owners Benefit Card Sprint (1200 metres).
The Kris Lees-trained runner came with a booming finish to knock off Reward For Fashion ($26) and Kawaikini ($8.50-$12), landing a number of big bets in the process.
Sugar Bella opened the day at $4.20 and after bottoming out at $3.60, went back out to $4.60 at the jump. Despite the late drift, she held over 40 percent of the total investment. Anatola ($4.20), Savatiano ($4) and Orachael ($7.50) were the best supported of the others.
BETS: Sugar Bella $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.20, $3,000 @ $3.70, $2,569 @ $3.60,
Favourite backers weren't well served here as the heavily tried Fake ($3-$3.30) was blocked for a run behind the leader and never found clear running.
Fake was responsible for 63 percent of the market and went around holding nearly five times the amount of money than the next best backed runner, which was Graceful Storm.
The John Moloney-trained runner was $9 in the morning but firmed up into $6.50 with the money spot on as Patrick Moloney lifted it late to beat Al Dorama ($4.80-$4.40).
Templar ($9-$15) ran on strongly from the second half of the field to grab the minor end of the prize.
BETS: Graceful Storm $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Fake $2,000 @ $3.20
Mutarakem ($14-$8.50) was specked in betting and wasn't totally unwanted in the second event on the card.
The Chris Waller-trained runner went around as the third most popular horse in terms of money held, with Red Chouxs and Domesticated holding more.
Mutarakem outstayed the opposition to beat Savvy Belle ($17-$21) while Red Chouxs made up significant ground from the rear to grab third.
Red Chouxs was twice as popular as anything else in the race and saw strong money arrive throughout the day, forcing its price in from $4.20 in the morning to $3.10 favourite.
BETS: Mutarakem $500 @ $10
BETS: Red Chouxs $6,400 @ $3, $3,000 @ $3
Life On The Wire landed several big bets in winning race three.
The Tasmanian-trained runner was $2.50 in the morning and attracted plenty of money, however, in the final few minutes of betting punters turned their attention towards Moonlover ($3.60-$2.50). Such was the weight of money for the Matt Laurie runner that it overtook Life On The Wire as favourite.
The pair were one-two in the run the whole way with Life On The Wire proving too tough after sitting outside the leader.
Between them the quinella pairing held nearly 50 percent of all money invested on the race.
BETS: Life On The Wire $4,000 @ $2.80, $7,000 @ $2.40
BETS: Moonlover $2,000 @ $3.60, $2,415 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.50
There was good eachway money for Light Romance ($10-$8) who finished best to beat the favourite Twitchy Frank ($4-$3.70) in the shadows of the post.
Light Romance opened the day as a $6.50 chance but blew out to $10, which is when the support came for the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained runner.
Overall, Twitchy Frank was the best backed in terms of money taken while there was also a good push for Zelsignoret ($7.50-$6.50), who was best supported of the others.
Mawzoona ($6) zoomed home along the inside to grab the minor end of the prize.
BETS: Light Romance $500 e/w @ $8/$2.60
BETS: Zelsignoret $2,000 @ $6.50
El Sicario ($5.50-$7) proved best over the sprint journey to take out the fifth event on the program.
Sovereign Duke ($5.50-$6.50) attracted a number of big bets but couldn't get past El Sicario over the concluding stages, with The Dynamo ($26-$21) finishing up third.
In terms of popularity it was Sang Choi Bao ($8.50-$5.50) with the Darren Weir-trained runner holding roughly 20 percent of all investments.
Of the others, Believing ($18-$10-$11) attracted good eachway money while Royal Navy ($11-$26) had its admirers despite the drift.
BETS: Sovereign Duke $5,000 @ $6, $4,000 @ $6, $5,000 @ $5.50
Ozi Choice was hammered in betting and delivered for his backers.
The son of Denman led from start to finish and landed a big plunge after being as much as $3.50 in the morning, eventually starting a $2.10 favourite.
Ozi Choice was three times as popular as any horse in the race and was responsible for 43 percent of all bets on the race.
Liten In My Veins ($5-$9) ran on strongly to finish second while Zebrinz ($17-$26) filled the minor end of the prize.
Of the others, Burning Front ($6.50-$8) and Thelburg ($4.20-$7.50) had good support throughout the day despite being drifters.
BETS: Ozi Choice $4,000 @ $3, $4,000 @ $2.05
Orient Line ($12-$14-$12) led for most of the trip to upset one of the money horses.
Lamborghini ($8.50-$6.50) was one of the more notable movers in the race and flashed home from the rear of the field, however, could only manage second place.
Guizot ($4.20) was one of the more popular runners with TAB customers and filled the minor end of the prize. Ancient History ($4.60-$6) held the most money.
Deconi ($19-$23) went around as one of the least fancied r4unners with only Stream Ahead holding less.
Petites Reward ($21-$26) ran second while For A Song ($13-$15-$14) led and ran a good race to hold third.
Club Tropicana ($5.50-$6) was the best supported runner in terms of money taken while Gwenneth ($8.50-$11) also had its admirers.
Miss Vesper ($10-$7), If Not Now When ($5-$6.50) and Fraulein Rustie ($12-$7.50) were also specking in a fairly wide open betting affair.
BETS: Miss Vesper $5,000 @ $7
Simply Splashing ($10-$12) and Chippenham ($5-$6.50) fought out the finish in the final event on the program.
Neither horse attracted a great deal of investment as the majority of TAB customers preferred to focus their attention on Sohool ($6), which wound up third. It was responsible for nearly a third of all bets on the race.
Of the others, Bon Rocket ($11-$6) firmed up throughout the day while Mr Optimistic ($8) had his share of admirers.