The wagering review of Saturday's TAB.com.au fixed odds betting for races at Rosehill and Caulfield.
Punters got off to a winning start when The Fire Trap landed a number of big bets in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1400 metres).
Starting the day as $3.70 chance, it's price got out to $4.40 at the jump which saw it lose favouritism to Master Ash ($3.80-$4), however, The Fire Trap was nearly twice as popular in terms of money held.
Settling third in the run, jockey Hugh Bowman angled into the clear on straightening to mow down Master Ash with Laburnum ($4.40) finishing close up in third after trailing the winner into the straight.
BETS: The Fire Trap $4,000 @ $4.40
The late move for Roman Typhoon paid dividends in the TAB Highway (1100 metres).
The Jan Bowen-trained runner went $4.80 into $3.70 on the day prior to the withdrawal of Highway Sixtysix ($6) at the gates. After the scratching, Roman Typhoon started $3.20.
Aided by a patient ride by Brenton Avdulla after sitting near the tail of the field, the gelding arrived in time to beat Bon Allen ($23) and race favourite Rekindled Force ($2.20).
The third placegetter was easily the best tried runner in the race and commanded 54 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Roman Typhoon $1,100 @ $4
BETS: Rekindled Force $2,000 @ $2.70, $4,000 @ $2.60, $2,800 @ $2.60
A peach of a ride by Hugh Bowman saw Jolly Honour take out the #THERACES Handicap (1800 metres).
Bowman took off in the back straight to take the front off Monsieur Sisu ($15) and the move proved to be spot on, with Jolly Honour ($4.80) beating the fast-finishing Deft ($5.50-$7) and The Macallan ($6.50).
In a fairly wide open race, Asterius ($5) went around as the most popular runner in front of Laussel ($4.60).
BETS: Jolly Honour $2,000 @ $5
BETS: The Macallan $5,000 @ $6.50
Bjorn Baker caused an upset in this race with Smart Amelia flying home to get the cash in the Spring on Sale Sprint (1100 metres).
Hovering around the $8.50-$9.50 mark throughout betting after opening $11 on Wednesday, jockey Blake Shinn timed his run to perfection as the pair swept to the lead inside the final 150 metres to beat Upscale ($11-$31) which came through along the inside.
Third was the fast-finishing Duchess Pedrille ($41).
Most of the money here sat with Alassio ($3-$2.25-$2.60), Girl In A Million ($11-$7-$5) and Once More A Lady ($6.50).
BETS: Smart Amelia $1,500 e/w @ $9/$2.50
BETS: Alassio $6,000 @ $2.60
This was a fantastic betting race between Smartedge and Star Of Monsoon.
In the end, it was left to Star Of Monsoon to take out the TAB Rewards Handicap (1200 metres) at $5.
The Gerald Ryan-trained runner had taken over favouritism from Smartedge earlier in the day, going $5-$4.60 while Smartedge went $4.40-$5. That all changed closer to race time though, with the runner-up firming into $3.80 and holding 40 percent more money.
Paret wound up third after going $5-$8. Of the others, Bratislava went $5.50-$8 but had some good money riding with it.
BETS: Star Of Monsoon $4,000 @ $5
Vaucluse Bay ($14-$9.50-$10) finally did the right thing by its backers by toughing it out to win the Sydney West App Handicap (2000 metres).
The Chris Waller-trained runner is always popular whenever it goes around and today was no different, however, it wasn't the best supported.
That honour went to Al Galayel ($4.40-$3.50-$4.20) which went around with approximately 50 percent of the total investment and was three times as popular as anything else in the race.
Vaucluse Bay hit the front at the top of the straight and then held off the well-backed stablemate Raqeeq ($6) which flashed home from near last.
Braces ($31) grabbed the minor end of the prize while Al Galayel dropped out after leading them for a good part of the race.
BETS: Vaucluse Bay $1,500 @ $10
BETS: Al Galayel $2,000 @ $4 TWICE, $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $3.50
Dreamforce was a popular result for TAB customers in the Winter Stakes (1400 metres).
The John Thompson-trained runner was $5.50 on opening when the market came out on Wednesday, however, today it was $3.80-$3.20 and easily the best tried runner in terms of money held.
Forced to sit outside the leader Special Missile, Dreamforce hit the front on straightening and then Brenton Avdulla got the best out of him to hold off Invinzabeel ($6-$9.50) which tracked it into the race.
Special Missile held third just in front of the popular Kiwi, Highflyer ($10), which tried to make ground along the inside.
Dreamforce held 40 percent of the money and was three times as popular as both placegetters.
BETS: Dreamforce $7,000 @ $3.30, $3,000 @ $3.20, $2,500 @ $3.20, $2,000 @ $3.20
BETS: Hiflyer $2,300 @ $10
BETS: Special Missile $2,000 @ $7
Albumin was easily the most popular runner heading into the TAB.com.au Handicap (1200 metres).
The Gerald Ryan-trained runner was $4 in the morning and $5 on Wednesday, however, bottomed out at $3.40 today thanks to some good support before eventually jumping at $3.60.
Jay Ford got him home over the very unlucky Insensata ($18) while Easy Eddie ($7-$5) held third after racing on the speed throughout.
Of the others, Flow ($8.50) and Drachenfels ($6.50) held some serious coin while Goodfella had admirers despite going $6.50-$11-$9.50.
BETS: Albumin $2,000 @ $3.60, $2,000 @ $3.60
Brenton Avdulla made it three winners for the day when he got Sparky Lad home for punters in the ATC Owner benefits Card Handicap (1500 metres).
backed into $3.10 favouritism after being $7.50 on Wednesday, the Chris Waller runner came with a powerful run to overhaul Impavido ($12) in the shadows of the post.
Darci's Affair ($101) added plenty of bite to the trifecta while the same could be said for Green Sweet ($101) which flashed home for fourth.
Of the unplaced brigade, High Mist ($6.50) and Niccis Gold ($7.50) had good money riding with them while the same could be said for Cosmic Engine ($7.50-$10-$7.50).
BETS: Sparky Lad $1,000 @ $3.20, $3,000 @ $3.10
BETS: High Mist $5,000 @ $6.50
Brutal defied the betting drift to take out the opening event of the day at Caulfield.
Leading throughout for Team Hawkes and Dwayne Dunn over 1200 metres, Brutal was $3.80 favourite this morning but ended up starting a $5 chance as most of the money came for the placegetters, Ronan's rock ($3.60) and Humma Humma ($4.60-$2.90).
The second and third horses held nearly 80 percent of the market.
BETS: Ronan's Rock $6,000 @ $3.50, $5,000 @ $3.30
The two best tried runners in the race fought out the finish of race two.
Magnesium Rose ($4.60-$3.60) firmed up in the final 30 minutes of betting time, displacing Soul Star ($5-$3.70-$5) for favouritism in the process.
Rider Noel Callow timed his run perfectly as Magnesium Rose held off the fast-finishing Soul Star, which tracked it into the race, by a narrow margin on the line.
Atlantica, which led, held third at $16. Of the others, Josephine Sea ($5) attracted a number of big bets.
BETS: Magnesium Rose $1,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Soul Star $2,000 @ $5
BETS: Josephine Sea $1,000 @ $5 MULTIPLE TIMES
Guizot upset the apple cart in this event.
The Aaron Purcell-trained runner flew home from the rear and despite a betting drift ($5.50-$9), managed to get the better of the heavily tried Mantastic which went around as one of the most popular runners all day.
Mantastic held 55 percent of the money and was nearly four times as popular as second elect, Another Coldie ($4.20), which wound up third.
Of the others, Rib Eye ($14) attracted good eachway support.
BETS: Mantastic $5,000 @ $2.30, $4,000 @ $2.30, $5,000 @ $2.25
Demolition did the right thing by punters by landing several big bets in the fourth event on the card.
The Godolphin runner was heavily tried right throughout the week, despite being named as an emergency.
Going $3.70-$3 at one stage today, the James Cummings-trained runner jumped a $3.30 favourite and was more than four times as popular as second elect, The Avenger ($5).
Jockey Damian Lane looped the field from near last with the son of Street Cry proving too good for The Avenger, with Wayanka ($19) finishing third after attracting nice eachway investment.
Just under half of the total investment sat with the winner.
BETS: Demolition $1,500 @ $3.70, $1,500 @ $3.30, $1,111 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $1,500 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $3, $1,500 @ $2.90, $1,200 @ $2.90
Rillito went around as one of the best backed runners across the country, however, came up just short for punters.
The Godolphin runner was hammered throughout the week and into today, starting $1.85 and holding a whopping 83 percent of the total investment.
Craig Williams produced the mare out five and six wide with the pair storming home down the centre of the track, however, it was Sharpness ($26) which took all the shortcuts for Michael Walker which got the result right on the line.
Life On The Wire, which led, held on for third at $9.
BETS: Rillito $26,000 @ $1.90, $5,000 @ $1.85, $4,000 @ $1.85
Punters had this race pretty much figured out, however, it wasn't the horse that most had expected.
Mount Kilcoy was favourite in the early stages of betting but went $2.40 out to $3.30, swapping places in the market with Masculino ($3-$2.25). The pair dominated betting with the lion's share of investments resting with them.
While Masculino was wide for a good portion of the race, jockey Ben Allen tagged him into the race approaching the turn with Mount Kilcoy, with the easier run in transit being the difference at the finish.
Borella ($515) added spice to the trifecta in third. Outside of them, Legale ($8.50-$7) was best of the others and had good eachway money riding on it.
BETS: Mount Kilcoy $1,500 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.70
BETS: Masculino $10,000 @ $2.40
The late money suggested that Voodoo Lad would be winning the Sir John Monash Stakes and that's exactly how it panned out.
Punters weren't keen on the Darren Weir runner early on, with TAB having at $4 early in the morning. Most of the attention focused on Jukebox, $4 on Wednesday into a low of $2.60, however, in the final hour of betting things swung dramatically.
Voodoo Lad was backed into $2.80 favourite while Jukebox went out to $3.60.
Coming from last, Voodoo Lad swept past his rivals to score handsomely over the leader, Inn Keeper ($8.50), with Jukebox finishing third.
Jukebox was twice as popular as the winner.
BETS: Voodoo Lad $3,000 @ $2.90
BETS: Jukebox $3,400 @ $3.40, $5,500 @ $3
There was plenty of big bets heading into the final event on the card at Caulfield.
Malaise ($5-$7) was actually the most popular runner in terms of money held and represented a bad loss for TAB.
Craig Williams got the best out of the Helmet gelding to nose out Widgee Turf ($6) while Call Me Handsome ($7-$4.80-$5.50) flashed at them late after getting clear in the final stages.
All three horses were heavily supported and outside the winner, Barthelona ($3.40-$2.70) was the most popular followed by Widgee Turf and Call Me Handsome.
Thanswermyfriend ($4.60-$6.50-$5.50) also had some big bets riding on it.
BETS: Malaise $10,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Theanswermyfriend $4,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Barthelona $5,000 @ $2.70 TWICE
BETS: Widgee Turf $3,000 @ $5