The wagering review of Saturday's TAB.com.au fixed odds betting for races at the Breeders' Classic meeting at Warwick Farm and the CF Orr Stakes meeting at Caulfield on Saturday, plus Futures Markets updates:
I Am Immortal $11 unchanged (after winning Blue Diamond C&G Prelude)
Lyre $26-$8 (after winning Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude)
Hawker Hurricane $51-$26
Catch Me $4-$11
Loving Gaby $6-$4 fav
Brooklyn Hustle $6-$11
Bivoauc $101-$51 (after winning Lohnro Plate)
Time To Reign $11-$26
Castelvecchio $101-$15 (after winning Inglis Millennium)
ALL STAR MILE
Manuel $101-$26 (after winning the C.F Orr Stakes)
Land Of Plenty $11-$8
Gem Song $26-$15 (after winning Eskimo Prince Stakes)
Fiesta $51-$26 (after winning Inglis Sprint)
Hawkshot $26-$8 (after winning Autumn Stakes)
Avilius $6-$3.50 favourite
Night’s watch $11-$8
Nature Strip $11-$8 (after winning Rubiton Stakes)
T.J SMITH STAKES
Nature Strip $26-$15 (after winning Rubiton Stakes)
Favourite backers were off to a terrible start at Warwick Farm when the hotpot Time To Reign was unplaced.
The Gary Portelli runner jumped a $1.55 favourite for the Darley Lohnro Plate (1100 metres) and held over 80 percent of the market.
Forced to sit three-wide the trip, Time To Reign hit the front on straightening but couldn't sustain the run with Bivouac ($4.80-$6) benefitting from a good run just off to the speed to score.
Cosmic Force ($6.50) finished second in front of Steel Diamond ($11) with Time To Reign in fourth.
BETS: Bivouac $800 @ $6
BETS: Time To Reign $25,000 @ $1.18 PLACE, $7,000 @ $1.60, $3,500 @ $1.60, $2,900 @ $1.60, $2,000 @ $1.60, $5,000 @ $1.55, $3,000 @ $1.55
Noble Boy was heavily tried and landed the cash in the TAB Highway (1200 metres).
The Todd Blowes-trained runner overcame trouble to deliver the goods for favourite backers, with the gelding coming the widest and sweeping around the field to score easily.
Noble Boy had opened the day at $1.65 but TAB took a stand against the gelding and pushed his price out to $2.10 at the jump.
Acquittal, tried from $13-$9 on the day, was three-wide the trip and battled on for second while Sausedge ($3.80-$4) was third.
Noble Boy was responsible for approximately 60 percent of the market. Sausedge was easily best backed to beat it, however, held a fraction of the money that the favourite did.
BETS: Noble Boy $10,128 @ $2.10
BETS: Sausedge $2,500 @ $4, $2,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES
Godolphin fought out the finish of the Davali Thoroughbreds Cup (1000 metres) with Badajoz just nosing out Malahat.
Badajoz ($5-$9) didn't have a great deal of support with the same being applied to Malahat ($5-$7.50).
Most of the attention focused on Super Too ($4.80-$4.40), which opened at $9.50 on Wednesday, and Single Bullet ($3.70-$3.10-$3.80).
Akasaki hit the line nicely and ran third. It did have some backing throughout the day too and firmed $19-$9 as a result of that.
BETS: Single Bullet $30,000 @ $1.60 PLACE
Gem Song caused the upset by sticking to the inside lanes and finishing best to win the Aquis Farm Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200 metres).
Jason Collett settled the colt off the speed and then stayed to the inside running on straightening as the field fanned wide.
Gem Song ($3.90-$5) was simply too good in the run to the judge and beat Purple Sector ($26) and Charge ($6).
Sandbar ($1.85) was sent out a very popular favourite after the scratching of Brutal, however, after sitting outside the leader it wilted in the straight to miss the place.
BETS: Sandbar $4,500 @ $1.95, $2,450 @ $1.95, $2,000 @ $1.95 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $1.95 MULTIPLE TIMES, $8,000 @ $1.90, $2,000 @ $1.90, $3,000 @ $1.75
Punters got this race spot on with Fiesta and Estijaab settling down to fight out the finish of the Inglis Sprint - 3YOs (1100 metres).
The pair dominated betting from earlier in the week and that trend continued today.
Fiesta ($3.20-$4.20) drifted out in betting and so did Estijaab ($3.60-$4.80), however, they commanded 71 percent of the total investment.
The Chris Waller runner in Fiesta finished off best to overhaul the frontrunner in Estijaab close to the line, with the big mover in the race Mizzy ($26-$8) finishing third.
BETS: Fiesta $2,000 e/w @ $4.20/$1.85, $1,000 x $2,500 e/w @ $4/$1.80, $2,240 @ $4, $1,000 e/w @ $4/$1.80, $2,000 @ $3.80, $2,000 @ $3.70, $2,500 @ $3.20
BETS: Estijaab $3,000 @ $4.40, $4,500 @ $4.20
Champagne Cuddles got out late in the betting but still delivered the goods for her backers in the Yarraman Park Breeders Classic (1200 metres).
Blake Shinn had the mare third in the run and then issued a strong challenge on straightening, with Champagne Cuddles ($2.15-$2.50) overhauling Cool Passion ($5) in the shadows of the post. Alassio ($5.50) raced on the speed and weakened out to hold third just in front of Egyptian Symbol ($4.80).
Champagne Cuddles held more than 2.5 times the amount of money than any other runner. Investments on the daughter of Not A Single Doubt accounted for well over half the market.
BETS: Champagne Cuddles $6,800 @ $2.50, $6,000 @ $2.50, $14,000 @ $2.30
Castelvecchio saluted at big odds to cause the upset in the Inglis Millennium (1200 metres).
The Richard Litt-trained runner was last approaching the home turn and when Josh Parr came out wide turning for home, the pair still had many lengths to make up.
The son of Dundeel unleashed a powerful finishing burst to overhaul the race favourite Accession and salute at $23. Accession was backed from $2.80-$2.35 fav and wound up second in front of Dawn Passage ($2.80) which didn't have a great deal of luck.
The betting duel between Accession and Dawn Passage was fascinating with the pair holding 70 percent of the market.
BETS: Castelvecchio $500 @ $26, $750 @ $23, $500 @ $23, $500 @ $21, $250 x $350 e/w @ $19/$4.40, $500 @ $19
BETS: Accession $10,000 @ $2.40, $60,000 @ $1.26 PLACE
Rachel King ran them along out in front on Samadoubt and the pair led all the way to capture the Bowness Stud Mile (1600 metres).
TAB had the gelding at $9 in the morning but by the time the race rolled around, $6 was on offer after good eachway support had come throughout the day.
Booting clear at the top of the straight, Samadoubt held out the finish of New Universe ($4.80-$3.50 fav) which was the subject of good late backing, while Gresham ($4) battled on for third. The win gave trainer Bjorn Baker a winning double having won earlier in the day with Champagne Cuddles.
Of the others, Tangled had been favourite for most of the day but drifted badly in the final stages of betting. The Chris Waller runner went $2.70 out to $3.60 but still held the most money. It was more than twice as popular as anything else.
BETS: Gresham $25,000 @ $1.50 PLACE
One of the best betting moves in a long time was pulled off when Cisco Bay took out the TAB Handicap (1600 metres).
The Kristen Buchanan-trained runner was $51 when markets first opened on Wednesday and was still $21 this morning. Punters continued to speck the son of So You Think to the point where he was challenging for favouritism at the jump. In the end, he started a $6.50 equal second pick behind Sondelon ($3.10-$5.50).
Settling towards the rear of the field, jockey Robbie Dolan began a sweeping run at the 600 metres which saw Cisco Bay hit the front at the 200 metre mark. He held off the roughie Animalia ($34) while Looks Like Elvis ($14-$9.50) came from near last to grab third.
Sondelon, the $3.10 favourite in the morning, just held on to favouritism despite being an alarming drifter to start $5.50.
BETS: Cisco Bay $600 e/w @ $16/$3.40, $500 @ $7 TWICE, $1,000 e/w @ $6.50/$2.40, $1,000 @ $6, $700 @ $6, $500 @ $6, $500 x $100 e/w @ $6.50/$2.40,
Yogi's win in The Big Screen Company Handicap (1800 metres) wasn't totally unexpected.
The Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace runner was $10-$8 throughout the day and produced a sensational finish, coming from back in the field to overhaul the leaders over the concluding stages.
Cool Chap ($7.50) looked the winner before being swamped late but managed to finish second just in front of Magnapal ($26) which raced outside the leader.
The two favourites missed the places with Laure Me In ($2.80) and Silentz ($2.90), which accounted for 75 percent of the total investment, the ones punters largely focused on.
Yogi was best tried outside the top two.
BETS: Yogi $500 e/w @ $8/$2
One of the best backed runners all day at Caulfield was Crack The Code in the Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200 metres).
The daughter of I Am Invincible was more than five times as popular as anything else and commanded 64 percent of the market.
Aided by a lovely run behind the leader News Girl, Damien Oliver eased around the frontrunner's heels on straightening and the filly did the rest, powering away to score comfortably.
News Girl ($10-$9) held second while Aperitif ($4.80-$7) defied the drift in betting to run on stoutly for third.
BETS: Crack The Code $9,500 @ $2.15, $4,390 @ $2.15, $3,000 @ $2.15, $2,000 @ $2.15 MULTIPLE TIMES
Princess Of Queens defied the betting drift to land the money in the mypunter.com Bellmaine Stakes (1200 metres).
Opening the day at $3.70, the five-year-old got out to $4.40 at the jump but aided by a great ride by Dwayne Dunn, swept to the front over the concluding stages to beat Fuhryk ($9.50). I Am A Star ($5-$4.60) went around as the most popular runner and hit the line well after racing in the second half of the field.
BETS: I Am A Star $10,000 @ $1.80 PLACE
Nature Strip wasn't the most popular odds-on favourite to go around on the day, however, he was one of the most impressive.
The speed machine was $1.75 at the jump in the Schweppes Rubiton Stakes (1100 metres) after opening the day at $1.45.
Taken to the front by jockey Damian Lane, Nature Strip ran his rivals off their legs to beat Jungle Edge ($11) which battled on well after chasing the leader throughout. Thermal Current ($26) was a distant third.
The son of Nicconi was more than twice as popular as Voodoo Lad ($5-$3.80) and was responsible for 60 percent of the market.
BETS: Nature Strip $40,000 @ $1.24 PLACE, $6,000 @ $1.75, $5,650 @ $1.75, $3,000 @ $1.75, $4,000 @ $1.70
I Am Immortal led throughout to win the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) for the boys over 1100 metres.
Sent out a dominant $2.50 favourite, I Am Immortal fought off all challengers in the straight to narrowly defeat Shotmaker ($6-$8) and Hawker Hurricane ($11) in a tight finish.
The Anthony Freedman runner was easily the best tried in the race and was nearly six times as popular as anything else.
Of the others, Brazen Brando ($7) had admirers at the eachway quote as did Aussie ($7.50).
BETS: I Am Immortal $10,000 @ $2.50, $5,000 @ $2.50, $4,000 @ $2.50
Lyre caused the upset in the Fillies Prelude for the Blue Diamond (1100 metres).
Sent out a $23 chance, Lyre made it a Prelude double for Anthony Freedman after getting a three-wide cart into the race.
The daughter of Lohnro finished too well for the leader Vinicunca ($23), while the well-tried Athiri ($5) battled on nicely after doing a stack of work in the run.
Catch Me ($2.15) held nearly twice as much money as second pick Brooklyn Hustle ($4.20) and was responsible for nearly half the total investment.
BETS: Lyre $250 e/w @ $23/$4.20, $250 e/w @ $23/$4
BETS: Catch Me $6,000 @ $2.25, $6,000 @ $2.20, $5,000 @ $2.20
BETS: Athiri $4,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Brooklyn Hustle $5,000 @ $4, $2,000 @ $4 TWICE
Hawkshot gave nothing else a chance when leading throughout in the Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes (1400 metres).
Mark Zahra rated the son of Fiorente superbly out in front with the pair booting clear at the top of the straight to score easily at the price of $7 on the Fixed Odds.
Dealmaker ($6.50) was popular throughout betting and ran on for second while Ringerdingding ($4.60) held more than any other runner and managed to fill the minor end of the prize.
Social Spin was sent out $3.20 favourite but was never in the picture.
BETS: Ringerdingding $13,000 @ $1.75 PLACE
It was an upset in the Group One C.F Orr Stakes (1400 metres) when Manuel was able to lead all the way for Tony McEvoy and Luke Currie.
The gelding was sent out a $23 chance after as much as $81 was offered earlier in the week and although having some specking, was one of the least popular runners in the race which was dominated, from a betting perspective, by Kementari. The James Cummings rep was hammered throughout the day and went $3.40 in to as low as $2.40 before starting a dominant $2.50 favourite.
Currie got everything out of Manuel as he held off the finishing burst of Kementari, which held 45 percent of the total investment, with Land Of Plenty coming home nicely ($5.50-$7) dead-heat with Kementari for second.
Brave Smash, a $21 chance on Wednesday which was backed in to as low as single figures, was $10-$23 today but was a very close fourth having looked a winning chance midway down the straight.
BETS: Manuel $300 @ $81, $750 @ $23, $250 e/w @ $23/$6, $1,000 @ $11 PLACE
BETS: Kementari $7,000 @ $2.60, $6,000 @ $2.40, $4,000 @ $2.40, $3,000 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Land Of Plenty $15,000 @ $2.40 PLACE
Avilius defied the betting drift to land some good bets in the Carlyon Cup (1600 metres).
The five-year-old was as low as $2.50 in betting throughout the day but was pushed out to $3.10 at the jump despite holding nearly half the total investment.
Ridden expertly by Kerrin McEvoy, Avilius hard down the Caulfield straight to mow down Sikandarabad ($10-$15). The heavily tried Night’s Watch, which was $4.40-$3.60 and pushing Avilius at the top of the market, worked home nicely for third.
BETS: Avilius $2,502 @ $3.20, $2,250 @ $3.20, $3,000 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3 TWICE, $3,000 @ $2.80, $3,000 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.50,
BETS: Night’s Watch $4,500 @ $3.60