The wagering review of Saturday's fixed odds betting for races at Randwick, Flemington and the two feature races from the Gold Coast plus a Golden Slipper Futures update.
GOLDEN SLIPPER UPDATE
Sunlight $11-$8 equal favourite (after winning Magic Millions 2YO Classic)
Newtown Bluebag finished best down the centre of the track to win the TAB Highway (1600 metres).
The Emma and Lucy Longmire-trained galloper was the best supported runner in the race, however, in one of the most open betting affairs from a TAB Highway perspective, it only held 22 percent of the market.
Fastquest ($26-$34) ran second in front of Fui San ($10-$7).
Of the others, Danetrille, O'Lordy and General Harmony all had their admirers while there was a push for So It Is ($9-$5.50), which is a stablemate of the winner.
BETS: Newtown Bluebag $1,000 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $6
BETS: O'Lordy $1,000 @ $7.50
BETS: So It Is $1,000 @ $5.50
Pendeloque ($4.40) landed some good bets in winning the ATC Membership Sprint (1000 metres).
Despite the pressure throughout up front, James Innes Jnr got the best out of the filly to beat From Within ($7-$8) and Kennedy ($4-$5).
They left the money in the bag with Lightz which was $15 on Wednesday and firmed up from $9.50 into $6 today.
BETS: Pendeloque $1,000 @ $4.40, $2,200 @ $4.20
BETS: Kennedy $2,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Lightz $2,000 e/w @ $6.50/$2.10, $2,000 @ $6.50, $1,600 @ $6
Cordero ($3.50-$4.60) defied the betting drift to land the money in the TAB Handicap (2400 metres).
Despite getting out in the market it was easily the best tried runner in the race, with the Team Hawkes-trained runner holding three times the amount of money than Great Glen ($5.50) who was best tried of the others.
Waking Moment ($14-$7) nearly landed the plonk but couldn't hold off Cordero at the finish while Rock On Ivy ($12-$7.50) was specked in betting and ran on to fill third.
Great Glen and Richard Of Yorke ($5.50-$10), who had their fair share of support, didn't figure at any stage.
BETS: Cordero $1,000 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.70, $1,900 @ $3.60, $1,000 @ $3.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
Punters left it in the bag here with Reach For Heaven failing narrowly to overhaul Tip Top in a great finish to the Book Summer Hospitality Today Handicap (1200 metres).
Heavily supported throughout the day, Reach For Heaven was $4.40 into $3 at the jump and held half of the total investment on the race. Such was the weight of money for the Kris Lees runner that it was nearly four times as popular as the winner.
Tip Top was $4.40-$5 and ridden a treat by Blaike McDougall while Thaad ($8.50-$12-$11) raced behind the leader and got through to run third.
BETS: Tip Top $1,600 @ $5
BETS: Reach For Heaven $2,500 @ $3.40, $2,000 @ $2.90
They landed the money here with Kawaikini a popular result with TAB customers.
Backed from $4.80 in the morning, the Jason Coyle-trained runner was crunched into $3.40 late in betting proved too strong under the urgings of Jess Taylor at the finish.
Machinegun Jubs, best tried to beat it, hovered around the $3.50-$4 mark for most of the day and ran on strongly to finish second, while Leami Astray ($10-$12) filled the minor end of the prize after sitting outside the leader.
BETS: Kawaikini $1,000 @ $5, $1,500 @ $4.20, $2,000 @ $3.80, $2,200 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Machinegun Jubs $10,000 @ $4, $4,000 @ $4
BETS: Reward For Fashion $2,000 @ $4 TWICE
All the big money late was for Dreamforce in the Maroubra Mile (1600 metres).
Opening the day at $2.40 it hit a high of $2.70 just 15 minutes out from the jump, however, a flood of money came soon after which saw it crunched into $2.20 favouritism.
Hitting the front on straightening, jockey Blaike McDougall didn't move with the John Thompson-trained runner safely holding the popular Morton's Fork ($4.20-$3.50-$4) at the finish.
Between them they dominated the market with a 70 percent hold.
BETS: Dreamforce $2,000 @ $2.70, $5,900 @ $2.40
There was a big move for Samadoubt late in betting.
The Bjorn Baker-trained runner was crunched from $3 into $2.30 favourite in the final 15 minutes of betting, however, after leading couldn't hold off the finish of Voilier ($17-$15) who nabbed it right on the line.
Eusebio, which held favouritism for most of the betting, started second pick in the market at $3.40 but was the most popular runner in terms of money taken.
Between Samadoubt and Eusebio they were responsible for three-quarters of the total investment.
BETS: Samadoubt $10,000 @ $2.40, $3,000 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $6,300 @ $2.30
Sugar Bella ($1.40) was hammered in betting despite the price in the ATC Owners Benefit Card Handicap (1400 metres).
She was 10 times as popular as anything else in the race and held 65 percent of the total investment on the race.
Aquatic ($8.50-$16) ran on fairly for second and nosed out Ghostly ($8.50-$9) for the runner-up spot.
BETS: Sugar Bella $6,000 @ $1.40, $5,000 @ $1.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $4,000 @ $1.40
Favourite backers were cheering after Emperor's Way saluted in the final event on the program at Randwick.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained runner finished off strongly to land some big bets in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1800 metres), with his fluctuations going from $4.20 to $3.80 out to $4.20 at the jump.
Atlantic Fox ($10-$6) had good specking throughout the day and ran a good race for second while Gamblestown ($9-$14) ran on from the second half of the field to grab third.
Of the others Vaucluse Bay ($4-$4.40) once again had strong support but failed to figure in the finish.
BETS: Emperors Way $5,300 @ $4.40, $5,000 @ $4.40, $1,600 @ $3.70
BETS: Coys $4,000 @ $11
Most punters were in the corner of Nasaayim ($3.20-2.60-$2.75) in the Meadow Mist Plate (1000 metres).
The Hayes & Dabernig-trained runner was responsible for 63 percent of the total investment and went around three times as popular as the next best supported runner, which was Fake ($4.60-$6).
The money was left in the bag though as Al Dorama ($4-$6-$5.50) held out the finish of Nasaayim in a great finish.
Fake wound up third while of the others, there was a late move for Blue Hope ($11-$8).
BETS: Al Dorama $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Nasaayim $4,000 @ $2.75, $4,000 @ $2.60
Punters were on the mark in the Piping Lane Handicap (2000 metres) as Pretty Punk went around as the best backed runner.
Ridden by Craig Williams, Pretty Punk ($4.60-$3.70) commanded held 44 percent of the total investment and needed the entire straight to overhaul the leader Articus ($5-$6-$4.40).
Golden Mane ($3.90-$6) ran on reasonably to grab third in front of Second Bullet.
Pretty Punk held more than double the amount of money than any other runner.
BETS: Pretty Punk $2,000 @ $3.60, $2,000 @ $3.50
Jacquinot Bay ($4.20-$3.70-$4.20) led throughout to win the Seascay Handicap (1700 metres).
One of the better supported runners in terms of money taken, the Hayes & Dabernig-trained runner only held slightly less investment than Sayed ($4.80-$3.40) and The Chairman ($4.80-$4.40).
The trio finished in the trifecta positions with The Chairman coming from the second half of the field to push Sayed out of the runner-up spot after the latter sat outside the winner for most of the trip.
Between the trio they were responsible for nearly 85 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Jacquinot Bay $1,000 @ $4.20, $1,500 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4, $1,200 @ $3.90
Twitchy Frank made it back-to-back leaders at Flemington when she was successful in the Craftsman Handicap (1400 metres).
TAB customers specked the Darren Weir-trained runner throughout the day, however, after going from $3.60 to $4.60 in betting, that is when the serious money started to come. Such was the weight of investments that it firmed into $3.90 favourite at the jump.
Twitchy Frank held 41 percent of all bets on the race. Shalwa ($10) and Tagreeda ($5.50-$7) filled the minor spots.
BETS: Twitchy Frank $1,000 @ $4 TWICE
Mr Money Bags ($8-$6) was the only late firmer to knock off the hot favourite Crystal Spirit ($3.30-$2.60) and the move proved spot on.
Jye McNeil got the best out of the Robbie Griffiths-trained runner to overhaul Crystal Spirit close to the line.
Crystal Spirit held more than half the money on the race.
BETS: Crystal Spirit $15,000 @ $2.50
Annrhon ($26-$19-$17) proved best down the Flemington straight to scored at double figure odds in the first leg of the Quaddie.
Attracting only light specking, it was an upset for punters who preferred to invest on the likes of Strykinglee ($5.50), Believing ($9) and Pravro ($10).
In what was one of the widest betting affairs of the day at Flemington, Annrhon defeated Bob Of The Head ($7.50) and Strykinglee.
BETS: Punt Club $2,000 @ $7
BETS: Strykinglee $2,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2.25
Burning Front ($8-$7.50) led throughout to win the Chester Manifold Stakes (1400 metres).
Only attracting a sprinkling of eachway money, Burning Front beat the more fancied pair of Chamois Road ($8) and Dollar For Dollar ($3.30-$4), with the latter holding approximately 45 percent of the total investment.
Of the others, the late move was for Liten in My Veins ($7-$4.40) but after racing well back just couldn't make up the ground.
BETS: Liten in My Veins $3,000 @ $4.20
Punters were finally rewarded for their patience when Ken's Dream ($4-$4.50) was too good in the Better Beyond Plate (1100 metres).
The Darren Weir runner is always very popular with TAB customers whenever it goes around and today was no different. Ken's Dream held nearly 30 percent of the money and went around as a clear pick in the popularity stakes.
Demonstrate ($16-$26-$21) and Thermal Current ($5-$8) filled the minors.
RACE SEVEN - MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO GUINEAS
Pierata ($2.80) landed some serious bets when it proved too strong for his rivals in the Magic Millions 3Yo Guineas (1400 metres).
The colt was around five times as popular as anything else in the race despite getting out from a price of $2.45 in the morning and hitting a high of $3.
The Greg Hickman-trained runner sprinted sharply in the straight after sitting three-back the inside to beat Goodfella ($10-$8.50) while Calculated ($12) filled the minor end of the prize.
Of the others, Bel Sonic ($16) had its admirers and actually held more money than the rest of the field outside the favourite, while Sasso Corbaro ($6) and Goodfella were next best tried.
BETS: Pierata $3,000 e/w @ $3/$1.55, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES, $10,40 @ $2.80, $5,430 @ $2.80, $4,000 @ $2.80, $3,000 @ $2.80, $2,350 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES
RACE EIGHT - 2YO MAGIC MILLIONS CLASSIC
Sunlight ($4) went around as the most popular runner in terms of money taken and as a result, represented a big loss for TAB in the Magic Millions.
The Tony McEvoy-trained filly held approximately 33 percent of all bets on the feature event and after stalking EF Troop for most of the race, hit the front midway down the straight.
Ridden a treat by Luke Currie, Sunlight won brilliantly over Fullazaboot ($101) and Outback Barbie ($31) while EF Troop held fourth.
Of the others, Jonker ($5.50-$6-$4.80) was the second most popular runner while EF Troop and Nomothaj ($10-$8.50-$9.50) were next best.
BETS: Sunlight $5,000 @ $4.20, $6,000 @ $4, $4,000 @ $4
BETS: Jonker $7,000 @ $6, $5,000 @ $5.50
BETS: EF Troop $6,000 @ $4.20