The wagering review of Saturday's TAB.com.au fixed odds betting for the Coolmore Classic meeting at Rosehill and the meeting at Flemington plus Future Market updates.
Sunlight $4 – $3.50 fav (after winning Magic Night Stakes)
Written By $7-$5 (after winning Pago Pago)
Holy Snow $101-$51
Cool Chap $101-$51
Comin Through $26-$15 (after winning Ajax Stakes)
Tom Melbourne $26-$17
Sunlight $11-$8 (after winning Magic Night Stakes)
Sweet Ava $51-$21
Khulaasa $26-$11 (after winning r4 @ Flemington)
Savvy Coup $11-$8 (after winning New Zealand Oaks)
Unforgotten $15-$8 (after winning Phar Lap Stakes)
QUEEN OF THE TURF
Daysee Doom $11-$8 (after winning Coolmore Classic)
Oregon’s Day $101-$26
Silent Sedition $15-$11
Serene Miss $11-$6 (after winning Gosford qualifier)
Just Dreaming $4-$3.50 fav
The specking for Multifacets earlier in the day proved to be spot on in the Catanach's Handicap (1900 metres).
The Chris Waller-trained runner attracted money at the $17 earlier in the day and after bottoming out at $11, jumped a $12 shot.
Following the speed throughout, jockey Glyn Schofield got the best out of the five-year-old to hold out the very popular favourite All Too Soon ($3.40-$2.70-$2.80) and Tamarack ($4.40-$6-$5), with the latter actually opening favourite earlier in the week.
All Too Soon was a good go after $4.80 was offered on Wednesday. She held over 60 percent of the total investment on the opener.
Auvray ($8-$8.50) was pretty solid in betting when it came to the Harrolds Sky High Stakes (2000 metres).
Coming from near the tail of the field, the gelding came with a big finishing burst to knock over the favourite Libran ($3.10-$3.40) and give Glyn Schofield an early double.
Mackintosh ($7.50) filled the minor end of the prize in front of Salsamor ($8.50-$7) which closed nicely.
Libran was the most popular runner in terms of money held and held twice as much as the next best in Stampede ($3.10-$4).
It was painless for favourite backers in the Magic Night Stakes (1200 metres) with Sunlight justifying her short priced favouritism.
Opening the day at $1.50, TAB customers were more than happy to take the price and subsequently crunched her into $1.35. Such was the weight of money riding on her that she was responsible for approximately 85 percent of the total investment.
She led throughout for jockey Luke Currie and trainer Tony McEvoy in beating Cristobal ($14) and Sweet Ava ($15-$13) which were the only two horses that had any sort of decent support to cause the upset. Setsuna ($13-$21) drifted after being second select in betting earlier in the week.
BETS: Sunlight $7,000 @ $1.50, $5,000 @ $1.50 TWICE, $10,000 @ $1.40, $6,200 @ $1.40, $4,400 @ $1.40, $4,000 @ $1.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $9,500 @ $1.35
Written By ($1.90-$1.95-$1.70) led throughout to win the Pago Pago Stakes (1200 metres) and landed some big bets in the process.
The Grahame Begg-trained runner didn't have it all his own way though and after leading, had to fight off the brave Sandbar ($13-$17) which stuck with him for most of the home straight.
Of the others, Spin ($5.50-$6) finished third but was never a winning possibility.
Written By wasn't as popular as Sunlight on the day but still commanded well over half of all bets on the race. Spin was the only runner to attract decent money to beat it, however, still held less than third of what the winner did.
BETS: Written By $9,900 @ $2, $4,000 @ $1.90
Punters had it down to a race in two with Nieta and Sprightly Lass dominating the betting in the Schweppes Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100 metres).
Between the pair of them they commanded a whopping 78 percent of the total investment.
Nieta was the favourite for most of the betting but drifted from $3.20 out to $4 when the support came for Sprightly Lass ($5-$2.80 fav) came in the final hour.
Although Sprightly Lass ran a cracking race out in front before holding on by a nose over Dothraki ($8-$14) and the fast-finishing New Universe ($12-$14), she lost the race in the stewards room, after Dothraki's jockey Tye Angland fired in a successful protest.
BETS: Dothraki $3,000 @ $13, $2,000 @ $12
BETS: Sprightly Lass $3,000 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Nieta $5,000 @ $4, $4,000 @ $4, $5,000 @ $3.80, $10,000 @ $3.70
Unforgotten upset the late move on Holy Snow to win the Phar Lap Stakes (1500 metres).
The Chris Waller-trained runner finished all over the top of Holy Snow to grab it right on the line, upsetting the $7-$5.50 move on the runner-up which came in the final few minutes of betting.
Hiyaam ($14) filled third after doing it tough for most of the trip.
Shumookh ($2.40-$3) got the wobbles in betting late in the piece but was still the most popular runner in terms of money taken. She held more than double what Holy Snow did.
BETS: Shumookh $11,500 @ $2.90, $10,000 @ $2.90
Daysee Doom ($14-$26) outstayed her opposition to take out a thrilling Coolmore Classic (1500 metres).
Usually a horse that attracts good support, punters weren't really interested in backing Ron Quinton's mare who was on the drift for most of the betting.
Forced to sit outside the leader, she held off the fast-finishing Oregon's Day ($14-$11) which was $34 when final field betting commenced earlier in the week. Silent Sedition ($10) was one of the more popular runners in terms of money held and was close up in third spot. Victory here gave young jockey Andrew Adkins his first Group One.
Egg Tart ($4.60) was hammered in betting and almost halved its quote from a high of $8 during the week. She was responsible for 43 percent of all bets on the race. Silent Sedition was next best supported but held a quarter of what the favourite did, while Bring Me Roses was popular and was next best supported.
Of the others, Raiment ($11-$7-$9) got out from its bottom price of $7 but still had good money riding on it while Aide Memoire ($34-$15) was a sharper firmer throughout the day.
BETS: Egg Tart $5,000 @ $4.60, $4,000 @ $4.60
BETS: Raiment $5,000 @ $9
BETS: Eckstein $1,000 e/w @ $19/$5.50
Comin Through defied the drift to get the better of stablemate Tom Melbourne in a thrilling edition of the Ajax Stakes (1500 metres).
Ridden a treat by Michael Walker who timed his run to perfection, Comin Through was $3.60 favourite in the morning but went out to $5.50 second pick in the market after strong support for Tom Melbourne throughout the day.
One of Australia's favourite horses, Tom Melbourne was a good go from $4.60-$3.60 with very little separating the pair at the finish. Such was his popularity that he held almost as much as Comin Through and Prized Icon ($4.50-$6.50) combined. Radipole ($10-$8.50) grabbed third.
BETS: Comin Through $5,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Tom Melbourne $7,500 @ $4.40, $5,000 @ $4, $20,000 @ $3.60
BETS: Cellarman $5,000 @ $9
Peacock led throughout to give Glyn Schofield a winning treble on the day.
Largely ignored by punters in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1350 metres), the Godolphin-owned runner led from start to finish and held off the flashing Tribal Wisdom ($10-$8.50). Up N Rolling, the early morning favourite, went $4.20-$5.50-$4.80 and held third.
The biggest story to come out of the race was the sensational move for Eagle Bay. The gelding opened $14 in the morning and was crunched into a low of $3.50 before starting $4 favourite. Of the others, Lovani ($5.50) was the most popular runner in terms of money held.
BETS: Eagle Bay $2,000 @ $11
Favourite backers were all over the opener at Flemington which was taken out impressively by Quilista ($2.80).
The Darren Weir runner came down the grandstand side and burst away from the pack at the 300 metre mark to win convincingly over French Emotion ($5.50) which tagged it for most of the run.
Hear The Chant, the one-time favourite, blew from $2.60-$2.90 and was the sole horse down on the rail but still managed to finish third.
BETS: Quilista $1,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3, $1,500 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES
Holbein ($5.50-$7-$4.80) led throughout to land the cash for its backers in the St Vincent's Hospital - 125 Years Handicap (1400 metres).
The Steve Richards-trained runner was a notable firmer throughout the day and easily defeated Forsure ($11) and Indernile ($8-$6) which did well to finish third after racing outside the leader for the majority of the event.
Scarecrow ($3.30-$3.90) was easily the best supported runner in terms of money held even though it was a noted drifter from its price on Wednesday ($2.60). He held 43 percent of the total investment with Muraahib ($7) a clear second pick.
BETS: Holbein $1,500 @ $5.50, $4,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.60
Demerara ($2.35-$1.75) was a very popular commodity in the Hoppegarten Racing Trophy (1100 metres) and landed several big bets.
Coming down the grandstand side, much like the first winner of the day, Demerara was ridden out by Jake Noonan with the pair holding off Ploverset ($11) and Tarcoola Spirit ($16) which issued challenges either side of her.
The daughter of Commands held 68 percent of all bets on the race. The fluctuations on her were affected slightly after the scratching of Limestone earlier in the day which was a $6 chance.
BETS: Demerara $3,500 @ $2.10, $4,000 @ $1.90, $4,000 @ $1.75, $3,000 @ $1.75 MULTIPLE TIMES
Khulaasa ($2.10) continued the trend of favourites winning at Flemington by just lasting in the TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200 metres).
Once again they came down the grandstand side with the favourite just holding off Krone ($5.50-$7) in a stirring finish.
Khulaasa, trained by the Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig barn, was easily the best supported runner in the race and held 67 percent of all bets in the event. Cristal Eyes ($13) filled the minor end of the prize.
Of the others, there was a late move for Metronome ($5.50-$4.60).
BETS: Khulaasa $15,874 @ $2.10
Humidor defied the betting drift to take out the Blamey Stakes (1600 metres).
Opening the day as a 2.40 chance, the Darren Weir-trained runner went out to $2.90 but still attracted plenty of money.
Coming from the rear in the small field, Humidor finished right over the top of his rivals to beat outsider Cool Chap ($17) and the big mover Hellova Street ($7.50-$4.50).
The big disappointment was Tosen Stardom ($2.25-$2.40 fav) who went around as the most popular runner in terms of money held and finished a clear last. Tosen Stardom, a stablemate of the winner, held slightly more money than Humidor with the pair responsible for 88 percent of all bets on the race.
BETS: Humidor $13,000 @ $2.70, $12,825 @ $2.60
BETS: Tosen Stardom $15,600 @ $2.30
No Commitment ($10-$7.50) landed a nice move at eachway odds when successful in the Singapore Turf Club Trophy (2000 metres).
Jockey Ben Thompson timed his run to perfection as he made a long sustained run from the second half of the field, arriving on time to beat Mr Optimistic ($13) which had hit the front at the 300 metre mark.
Addison ($8-$11) ran third in front of the very popular He Ekscels ($5-$3.80 fav).
BETS: No Commitment $2,000 @ $8
BETS: He Ekscels $5,000 @ $4, $3,000 @ $4
Sovereign Nation ($10-$15) upset the big go on Theanswermyfriend when he nailed that particular runner right on the post in the March Stakes (1400 metres).
The Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig-trained runner had some eachway support but most of the punting action in this race sat with Theanswermyfriend which firmed significantly from $4.60 in the morning to $2.60 at the jump.
Such was the weight of money on the runner-up that he was responsible for nearly half of all bets on the race. Seaburge ($18-$31) finished third in a close finish, nosing out Wyndspelle ($15) for the minor end of the prize.
BETS: Theanswermyfriend $15,000 @ $2.70, $4,000 @ $2.70
There was money to suggest that Soho Ruby would run a race in The Curragh Racecourse Handicap (1600 metres).
Although a drifter from $4.40-$6.50, she was the second most popular runner in betting behind the well-tried Top Of The Range ($3.70-$2.80-$3.20), which flashed at it late and just missed.
Third went to Toorak Playboy ($51) at big odds while the big disappointment was Portman, which was the subject of a very strong move late in betting which saw it firm from $4.40-$3.40 in the final five minutes of betting.
BETS: Soho Ruby $1,000 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Top Of The Range $5,000 @ $2.80
In a fairly wide open betting affair to finish things off at Flemington, Milwaukee was too strong for its rivals in the New York Racing Association Grand Handicap (1200 metres).
The Michael Moroney-trained runner specked late in betting and firmed from $10-$7.50, landing the cash over the very popular Handsome Thief ($5-$4.80) and Blue Tycoon ($6).
Handsome Thief was nearly twice as popular as anything else in the race and was responsible for 30 percent of all bets in the race.