The wagering review of Saturday's TAB.com.au fixed odds betting for races at the Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill and the VRC's meeting at Flemington and Futures markets updates.
QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES
Winx $1.35-$1.15 (after winning George Ryder)
Our Ivanhowe $101-$26 (after winning Ranvet Stakes)
Le Romain $8-$6
Gingernuts $8-$4.60 fav (after winning Rosehill Guineas)
So Si Bon $26-$11
Harpers Choice $51-$26
Frolic $11-$6 fav
Shoals $51-$15 (after winning at Flemington)
Our Ivanhowe $51-$11 (after winning Ranvet Stakes)
Big Duke $11-$8 (after winning Manion Cup)
Our Century $15-$8
Bonneval $11-$8 (after winning NZ Oaks)
Derryn $51-$11 (after winning Darby Munro Stakes)
Crafty Cop $51-$26
PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL
Pomelo $11-$5 fav (after winning Qualifier at Rosehill today)
Dream Lane $15-$11
Punters were on the money in the first with Our Century and Big Duke holding sway with nearly 60 percent of the total investment.
Solid at around the $3.20 mark for most of the week, Our Century hit $2.90 at one point before jumping a $3 chance.
Settling behind Cafe Society ($10-$9) who was specked in the market, jockey Ben Melham peeled around the heels of the leader at the top of the straight and held off Big Duke ($3.40-$3.80) in a stirring finish.
The race was decided in the Stewards room though with Big Duke getting the race on protest.
The pair were streets ahead of their rivals with Allergic ($$4.80-$4-$4.80) a long way back in third.
BETS: Our Century $3,000 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3
BETS: Big Duke $2,000 @ $3.40
Raiment ($3.20-$4.60) was friendless in betting but defied the drift to blitz her rivals.
The popular pick Samantha, which firmed from $4.40 to $4, was three-wide the trip but still managed to grab second in front of Nancy ($7-$6.50-$13).
There were two moves for Almighty Girl ($17-$5.50) and Tempt Me Not ($8.50-$7.50) but they were off the mark.
BETS: Nancy $1,000 @ $12 TWICE
BETS: Samantha $2,000 @ $3.90
BETS: Raiment $1,000 @ $4.60 TWICE
Derryn ($9-$7-$8) upset the apple cart here as the majority of punters were with Tactical Advantage ($2.80).
Coming with a booming finish, jockey Regan Bayliss got the best out of the son of Hinchinbrook to score over Crafty Cop, which was $13 at one point during the week and jumped at $9.
Favourite Tactical Advantage worked home reasonably for third but never looked likely. He was responsible for 60 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Tactical Advantage $3,000 @ $2.70
BETS: Derryn $1,150 @ $7.50
The two best backed runners had to be content with minor placings as Our Ivanhowe ($8.50-$7.50) landed the money.
In fact the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained runner was fourth in terms of popularity with TAB customers, with Antonio Giuseppe holding more than double than the winner.
Hartnell ($2.90) drifted badly from $1.80 during the week to get out to as much as $3 but still ran on strongly from the rear to grab second.
The United States was heavily backed earlier today and bottomed out at $3.80 before starting at $4.60. Despite having a good run it could only manage third.
BETS: Hartnell $4,000 @ $3 TWICE
BETS: Our Ivanhowe $1,000 @ $7.50
BETS: The United States $1,000 @ $4.40 MULTIPLE TIMES
TAB was generous enough in turning Winx's price out from $1.15 in the morning out to $1.24 at the jump.
All that did was entice punters to outlay more on the champion mare who blew her rivals away after sitting deep for the majority of the George Ryder.
Le Romain ($10) and Chautauqua ($8.50-$7.50) filled the minors and were best backed of the other runners. Total investments on them combined, however, were just a sixth of what TAB held on Winx.
BETS: Winx $13,600 @ $1.24, $13,000 @ $1.24, $10,000 @ $1.24 $9,999 @ $1.20 TWICE, $7,500 @ $1.24, $7,000 @ $1.24 MULTIPLE TIMES
Punters had this race figured out for most of the week with Inference and Gingernuts the two popular elects.
They were easily the best supported runners in this and combined they held 62 percent of the total investment.
Inference was the more popular of the two and firmed up from $3.20 into $2.90 favourite while Gingernuts hovered around the $5.50-$6.50 mark.
It was the Kiwi who took this one out after making a sustained run from back in the field.
Inference ran second while So Si Bon, which was specked at odds from $51-$21, ran a good race for third.
Prized Icon ($6.50-$11) was best supported of the others.
BETS: Gingernuts $3,000 @ $6.50 TWICE
BETS: Inference $3,000 @ $3
She Will Reign defied a huge betting drift to take out the Golden Slipper in fine style.
TAB had her at $5 after Tuesday's barrier draw but she kept on drifting as support came for several other runners throughout the week.
Jumping at $8.50 today, She Will Reign stayed to the inside thanks to a gun ride by Ben Melham.
The one-time Slipper favourite at $2.80, She Will Reign easily defeated Frolic ($14-$7.50) who was one of the most significant firmers in betting.
Menari ($26) ran third in front of Tulip ($9-$7.50), however, the pair swapped positions in the Stewards Room.
Race favourite Houtzen ($4.40-$4-$4.60) led and weakened in the final stages to run fifth.
In terms of money taken it was Houtzen as the most popular in front of She Will Reign and Catchy ($5-$6.50), while Tulip and Frolic were next best.
BETS: Houtzen $5,000 @ $4.60, $4,000 @ $4.60
BETS: She Will Reign $3,600 @ $8
BETS: Catchy $9,000 @ $6.50, $5,500 @ $6
BETS: Formality $3,000 x $1,900 e/w @ $41/$10.69
Punters smashed Russian Revolution to land some big collects.
With $4.60 available early in the morning, money came thick and fast right throughout the day and Russian Revolution was backed into $3.20 at the jump.
Sitting wide for the entire trip, the three-year-old grabbed stablemate Redzel ($7-$9) in the shadows of the post with the early leader Jungle Edge ($51) just behind in third.
English ($6-$5) went out as the best supported runner in terms of money taken while Fell Swoop ($8.50-$12) also had solid backing.
BETS: Russian Revolution $6,000 @ $3, $5,000 @ $3.20, $4,000 @ $4.50
Consommateur ($10-$9) had good specking and ran right up to that support in the Epona Stakes.
Staying close to the inside thanks to jockey Dwayne Dunn, Consommateur finished strongly to knock off the early leader Ambience ($15-$18). Top Of My List ($14-$11) had some backing late and wound up third.
The two popular elects with TAB customers in Elle Lou ($4.80) and Alegria ($4.60) never looked winning possibilities. Between them they accounted for over half of all bets on the race.
Punters ended the day on a big note when the heavily supported Pomelo led throughout to win a Qualifier of the Provincial Championship.
Gwenda Markwell's stable runner found the front with Chad Lever aboard the pair were never headed.
Opening the day at $3.80 the daughter of Lope De Vega was crunched into $2.50 thanks to holding approximately half of the total investment.
Pomelo easily beat Heavenly Anna ($51) and Dream Lane ($12) with both runners coming from the back half of the field.
Machinegun Jubs ($4.20-$5) was the other runner that had very strong support, however, it didn't handle the wet conditions and was under pressure a long way out.
BETS: Pomelo $6,000 @ $2.60, $5,000 @ $2.50
Lake Como ($9-$7.50) was specked about an hour from the start of the race and those that took the price had little to be concerned about.
The Pat Hyland-trained runner blitzed her rivals down the Flemington straight to land the cash.
Catch A Fire ($4.80) went out as the popular pick with TAB customers and wound up third with Chat to Maggie ($41) splitting first and third.
Euston Road ($5.50) was another that attracted good money late but it was off the mark.
BETS: Euston Road $2,000 @ $5.50
Theanswermyfriend ($1.90) went out as one of the best tried runners all day.
Punters were more than happy to take the short price about the favourite who was $2 in the morning but was odds-on by the time the race rolled around.
Leading throughout, the Robert Smerdon-trained runner carried 65 percent of the total investment but those that took the shorts never had any cause for concern.
Bastille ($3.70-$3.30-$3.70) was the only one seriously tried to test the winner and wound up second.
BETS: Theanswermyfriend $6,000 @ $1.90
Hear The Chant ($9-$7.50-$8.50) was pretty solid in betting and was an impressive winner here.
In terms of popularity it was fourth in line behind Sword Of Light ($9-$5.50-$8), Kentucky Miss ($4.80-$4) and Leotie ($5.50).
Concealer (SECOND) ran right up to the early money that came for it today, punters backing it into $8 at one point before starting an $11 chance.
Overstep ($8.50) led and held on well to run third.
BETS: Kentucky Miss $2,500 @ $4.40
BETS: Sword Of Light $3,000 @ $8
BETS: Hear The Chant $1,000 @ $8
In one of the moves of the day, Shoals landed a big move in taking out the fourth event on the card.
Opening at $6.50 earlier in the week with $6 still available yesterday, TAB reopened the market this morning and had her at $4.60.
With weight of money over the final stages of betting all going her way, Shoals was crunched into $2.70 and won impressively.
As a result of the big support for it, the early favourite Arctic Angel drifted alarmingly from $3.20 out to $4.20 and ran accordingly.
Ploverset also drifted from $5.50 out to $9 while Garrard was $4.80-$5 with those two horses filling the minors.
BETS: Artic Angel $5,550 @ $3.50
BETS: Shoals $2,000 @ $3.10, $2,000 @ $3, $3,000 @ $2.80, $3,000 @ $2.70
Punters took a hammering here with Palentino ($3.50-$5.50) upsetting it's more fancied stablemate Tosen Stardom.
Trainer Darren Weir held a commanding hand here with three of the six runners but punters were only interested in backing the former Japanese runner.
Taking $1.95 and backing it into $1.65, Tosen Stardom ended up holding 55 percent of the market.
As a result of the support for Tosen Stardom there wasn't much around for Palentino which ended up drifting in betting.
The winner held approximately a third of what the Tosen Stardom did.
BETS: Tosen Stardom $3,000 @ $1.90, $3,000 @ $1.65
BETS: Palentino $2,000 @ $5.50
Duke Of Ellington ($17-$14) was specked throughout betting and lived right up to that support.
Most punters were in the corner of Hursley ($2.90) and Wheal Leisure ($4.60-$5.50) with those two by far and away the best supported runners with TAB.
Goodwill ($8.50) had its share of admirers while Waxing ($11-$8) also firmed up.
BETS: Hursley $2,000 @ $2.80
Rich Charm ($6-$5) handled the straight best to take out race seven on the card.
The Udyta Clarke-trained runner didn't attract the money that Chateau Cheval ($4.40-$3-$3.50) or Verstappen ($$5.50-$7) did but still held half of what those runners did.
Big Effort ($9-$7.50) was tried late but the move didn't pay off.
BETS: Big Effort $3,000 @ $7.50
Hellova Street ($4.60-$5) led throughout to win race eight on the card at Flemington.
Going out as the second best supported runner behind Stellar Collision ($5-$4.80) while Zebrinz ($8.50-$9) also had its share of admirers.
Jessy Belle ($18-$17) once again attracted the eachway punters while it's worth mentioning while Jacquinot Bay was also a notable firmer from $17-$12.
BETS: Stellar Collision $3,000 @ $5
Strike Force ($13-$11) did it tough outside the leader to get the money and give Patrick Maloney a winning double on the day.
Gripping on at the end, Strike Force held out War Legend ($7.50-$7) who flew home late while the heavily-tried Portman ($2.80) was a breath away third.
Portman was one of the best backed runners on the card at Flemington and attracted several big bets. As a result of the support, which saw him hold 60 percent of the money, he firmed from a price of $3.20.
Of the other runners there was a move for Stormsabrewing ($8.50) which lasted several days after TAB initially offered $26.
BETS: Portman $10,000 @ $2.90, $5,000 @ $2.90