Raceday wagering review

The wagering review of Saturday's fixed odds betting for races at Doomden, Randwick and Flemington




Most of the money here was with Tradesman, however, Divine Unicorn was a good go late and that proved to be the winning move.

The Matty Dunn-trained runner was $6.50-$5 early on in betting but a further move saw it firm into $4.20.

Bursting through the pack, Divine Unicorn held off Tradesman in a good finish to the Cup with Jumbo Prince third.

Tradesman, $2 at the start of the day, got out to as much as $2.80 thanks largely to TAB's 'Beat The Bookie' promotion.

BETS: Tradesman $4,000 @ $2.80, $10,000 @ $2.70, $5,000 @ $2.70, $4,000 @ $2.70

BETS: Divine Unicorn $2,000 @ $4.80



Prompt Response was a popular winner with TAB customers in the Group One SKY Racing Tatt's Tiara (1350 metres).

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained runner was as much as $7 late Friday but today, was crunched from $6.50 into $4 to start a clear cut favourite in the feature.

Racing on the speed before handing up to Daysee Doom midway through the run, jockey Blake Shinn stuck to the inside when the leader shifted and the mare did the rest, putting her rivals away to beat the eye-catching Shillelagh ($9.50-$14) and Super Cash ($10).

Of the others, Champagne Cuddles ($5.50-$6) attracted good money and actually was the most popular runner in the race in front of Prompt Response. Bjorn Baker's filly was responsible for 28 percent of the market while Prompt Response held 18 percent.

BETS: Prompt Response $1,000 @ $7, $1,000 @ $6.50, $3,000 @ $5, $2,500 @ $5, $2,000 @ $4.80, $2,500 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4

BETS: Champagne Cuddles $5,000 e/w @ $6/$2.20

BETS: Moss Trip $4,000 @ $12

BETS: Savanna Amour $2,000 @ $10

***Prompt Response added to The Everest market @ $51




Dio D'oro ($4.20-$3.60-$4) started off the day well for punters by taking out the Living Turf Handicap (1200 metres).

The Gary Portelli-trained runner held the lion's share of investments with 65 percent of all bets riding with him.

Sent to the outside of the track, jockey Rachel King timed her run to perfection in beating Marmaris ($4.60-$7) which drifted in the market while Silent Explorer ($6.50) rounded out the trifecta.

Of the others, Kings Trust was the best backed outside the winner but still held around a quarter of the money that Dio D'oro did.

BETS: Dio D'oro $2,000 @ $3.90, $2,000 @ $3.80

BETS: Kings Trust $3,000 x $4,000 e/w @ $4.80/$1.80



You Make Me Smile ($18-$26) led throughout to win the Dad & Daves Turf Handicap (1200 metres) despite being largely unwanted in betting.

The Jason Coyle runner was rated to perfection by Kathy O'Hara as she held off the very popular Lisdoonvarna ($4.60-$4) and Revenire ($5).

The big disappointment in the race was Easy Eddie ($3.80) which held 40 percent of all bets on the race.

BETS: Lisdoonvarna $4,000 @ $4

BETS: Easy Eddie $2,000 @ $3.80 TWICE



The move for Only Tiger came unstuck as Plymouth Road led throughout to win the Evergreen Turf Handicap (2400 metres).

Backed from $5.50-$4.80, Only Tiger tried valiantly to run down Plymouth Road ($4.40-$5) but couldn't get there. The pair cleared out from the third which was filled by Solo Mission ($4.20) which went around as favourite.

BETS: Only Tiger $1,000 @ $4.80 TWICE

BETS: Solo Mission $2,000 @ $4.20



Two 'N' Wellgo was a dominant winner of the Highway event.

Leading throughout, the Stephen Jones runner was hovering around the $5 mark throughout betting and although it was pretty cluttered at the top of the market, it didn't attract a great deal of support.

Most of the money here was for Nicconita ($2.30-$2.70) while My Blue Jeans ($4.20-$4.60) was pretty popular as well.

BETS: Nicconita $4,000 @ $2.70



Almost every runner was carrying some sort of decent support in the Elite Sand & Soil Mile (1600 metres).

Karavali ($5-$6) just nosed out Dark Eyes ($9) which did all the work outside the hot favourite, Special Missile ($2.15) in the run. In a tight finish, that is the way it finished with Mighty Lucky ($5) and Sons Of John ($7.50-$10) close up.

Karavali held the most money outside of the favourite, however, it was still only a quarter of what Special Missile carried.

BETS: Karavali $6,000 @ $6.50



Reiby Rampart had specking at eachway odds to take out the SCG Trust Handicap (1400 metres).

Leading throughout with Adam Hyeronimus in the saddle, Reiby Rampart held off the finishes of Philosophy ($8) and Princess Posh ($9).

Most of the attention here sat with the fourth placegetter, Savvan ($4), which held 45 percent of the total investment.

BETS: Savvan $2,500 @ $3.90



I Thought So ($4.60-$6) wasn't as popular as it usually is but finally landed the money for its backers in the Elite Haulage Handicap (1200 metres).

In its two runs back from a spell, I Thought So has carried the hopes of punters but today they were with Jungle Edge ($3.10-$3.80) which led and gave a great sight.

It was I Thought So for Team Snowden and Glyn Schofield that got the better of the frontrunner though, diving through along the inside to score.

Faraway Town, which followed the winner through, was close up in third.

Of the others, Shiraz ($5) was popular again while there was a decent push for Aide Memoire ($9-$6.50-$7.50) and Handfast ($26-$9.50-$10).

BETS: I Thought So $2,000 @ $5

BETS: Jungle Edge $5,000 @ $3.80



The best supported runner delivered the goods for its backers when High Mist was a runaway winner of the Hi Quality Turf Handicap (1400 metres).

A member of the Chris Waller stable, High Mist ($3.20-$4.20-$4) ended up losing favouritism to Travancore ($5.50-$2.80-$4) and that pair were the ones that fought out the finish.

Impavido, a drifter from $4.20-$6.50, wound up third.

High Mist was twice as popular as Travancore at the jump.

BETS: High Mist $1,000 e/w @ $4/$1.60,  $2,000 @ $3.90



Punters had this down to a race in two between Bandipur and She Knows with the latter scoring an impressive victory in the Turf Drain Australia Sprint (1000 metres).

She Knows began the day at $5 and with continued support throughout the day, started a $3.40 second elect in the market behind Bandipur ($2.80-$2.30-$2.60).

The Danny Williams-trained runner relished the conditions to put a gap in her rivals, defeating the leader Noble Joey ($11-$19) and Argent D'or ($9.50) which made up ground for third.

Bandipur was responsible for approximately 45 percent of the market while She Knows accounted for 32 percent.

BETS: She Knows $1,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4, $2,000 @ $3.40

BETS: Bandipur $4,000 @ $2.50 TWICE




Punters knew what they were doing in the opening race with Good N Fast being successful in the Gippsland Region Handicap (1400 metres).

TAB had the Hayes & Dabernig horse as much as $3.60 during the week, however, today it hovered around the $2.50-$2.60 mark.

The son of Sebring was three times as popular as the next best supported runner which was Star Fall ($5.50).

Good 'N' Fast finished strongly under Luke Nolen to score over Goldifox ($5.50) which flashed home from the rear, with Scottish Rogue ($8) battling on for third after racing outside the leader Star Fall.

BETS: Good 'N' Fast $2,500 @ $2.50

BETS: Star Fall $4,300 x $6,000 e/w @ $4.80/$1.70



Creativity went around as a costly conveyance for punters in The Murray Region Handicap (1400 metres).

The mare went around as a hot $2.30 favourite and held nearly 10 times the amount of money than any other runner.

Hitting the front after racing outside the leader, Creativity hit the wall midway down the straight which left Miles Of Krishan ($4.20) to take out the race over the fast-finishing Hussy's Glow ($6) and Dreams Of Paris ($23).

Such was the support for Creativity that it held three quarters of the total investment.

BETS: Miles Of Krishan $2,000 @ $4

BETS: Creativity $23,000 @ $2.40, $6,000 @ $2.30



One of the best tried runners all day at Flemington was Nature Strip.

The Darren Weir-trained runner was heavily tried throughout the day, going from $2.10 into as low as $1.80 before starting a dominant $1.90 top pick.

Leading throughout, Nature Strip easily had the better of xx and xx at the finish.

Nature Strip, a son of Nicconi, held 63 percent of all bets on the race and attracted a number of large investments.

BETS: Nature Strip $2,292 @ $2.10, $4,000 @ $1.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $1.90, $1,000 @ $1.90 MULTIPLE TIMES

BETS: Order Of Command $3,000 @ $4.60



Punters cleaned up once again thanks to Barthelona's victory in the Country Achiever Quinton Scott Handicap (1400 metres).

Heavily backed last start when successful at this track and distance a fortnight ago, TAB customers came for the son of Zoffany again, backing him from $6.50 into as low as $4.20 before starting a $4.60 favourite.

Barthelona led throughout and blitzed his rivals for trainer Mike Moroney, beating Portion Control ($61) and Ballet Master ($11).

Of the unplaced brigade, there were moves for Overstep ($9-$6) and Knowable ($8).



Lycurgus made up for an unlucky last start performance by taking out the High Country Handicap (2520 metres).

Opening the day at $3.70 and bottoming out at $3.50, Lycurgus went around at $3.90 and held the most money in what was a fairly wide betting affair.

The Danny O'Brien runner led early before taking a sit on Choysa, before putting that runner to bed on straightening and then holding off the finishing bursts of Grey Lion ($8.50) and La Courbette ($21).

BETS: Lycurgus $2,000 @ $3.90






Chamois Road upset the apple cart in the Brian Beattie handicap (1400 metres).

While it attracted some support and firmed from $8-$7, most of the cash in this race was with Ozi Choice ($2.20-$1.95-$2.20).

The favourite led and was challenged strongly in the straight with Chamois Road nosing it out on the line, with Miss Gunpowder ($16) third.

Ozi Choice was five times as popular as anything else in the race and was responsible for 66 percent of the market.

BETS: Ozi Choice $5,000 @ $2.20, $3,000 @ $2.15, $2,000 @ $2.15, $6,000 @ $2.10, $2,000 @ $2.10, $3,000 @ $2, $2,000 @ $2, $3,000 @ $1.95



While Silentz was a popular commodity ($2.25-$2.60) there was good support from stablemate Another Coldie ($6.50) to beat him.

In fact, there was very little separating them in terms of money taken and the money for both horses proved spot on as Silentz was a touch too good on the day.

Guizot, the other favoured runner, rounded the trifecta at $4.



All the big money was with You've Been had in what proved to be one of the most moves all day at Flemington.

The Lisa Enright-trained runner was $4-$3.20 and attracted a number of big bets just prior to jump time.

Unfortunately for its supporters it failed to run a place behind $19 chance, Malibu Style, which got to as much as $23 at one stage.

Divine Quality ($9) flashed home along the inside lanes with the winner to wind up second, while Labuan Star ($9.50) came down the middle to finish close up in third just in front of Man From Uncle ($4.80).

Of the others, Rocket Tommy ($8.50) was very popular and in the end there was very little between it, You've Been Had and Man From Uncle in terms of money held.

BETS: Malibu Style $250 e/w @ $21/$5

BETS: You've Been Had $3,000 @ $3.90, $4,000 @ $3.20