Raceday wagering review

The wagering review of Saturday's fixed odds betting for races at the George Main Stakes meeting at Randwick and Makybe Diva Stakes meeting at Flemington on Saturday plus Future Market updates:


Siege Of Quebec $51-$15 (after winning Bill Ritchie)

Muraaqeb $101-$51 (after winning Shoot Out Mile)

Pierata $11-$8

Egg Tart $26-$15

Le Romain $15-$11

**Bets of $5,000 & $2,500 @ $8 taken on Pierata AFTER finishing second today in the Bill Ritchie


Invincible Star $26-$17

English $17-$26

Ball Of Muscle $101-$51


After All That $26-$9


Miss Fabulass $8-$3.50 (after winning Tea Rose Stakes)

Fiesta $11-$8

El Dorado Dreaming $11-$15


Brutal $6-$5 (after winning r4 @ Flemington)

Ragged Rascal $301-$101 (after winning Heritage Stakes)

Leonardo da Hinchi $26-$11

Declarationofheart $26-$15

Good N Fast $51-$26


Smart Melody $13-$4.60 fav (after winning r2 @ Flemington)

Music Bay $26-$17


Avilius $4-$2.80 fav (after winning the Kingston Town)

Brimham Rocks $15-$8


Avilius $13-$8 (after winning the Kingston Town)

Brimham Rocks $101-$51

Kings Will Dream $4.60-$6

Jon Snow $51-$26

Egg Tart $26-$17


Winx $1.40-$1.30 (after winning Colgate Optic White Stakes)


Avilius $26-$17 (after winning the Kingston Town)

Jaameh $101-$51 (after winningr1 @ Flemington)




It was a winning start for TAB customers with the popular Sei Stella blitzing her rivals in the TAB Highway (1000 metres).

The Matty Dale-trained runner was the best supported in terms of money taken, with good backing for it since the market opened on Wednesday.

Sei Stella got out to $4.40 at the jump and bottomed out at $3.70 in the morning. Despite the slight drift, jockey Jay Ford rated the daughter of Not A Single Doubt perfectly as the pair blitzed their rivals to score effortlessly after racing on the speed.

Lifesaver ($5.50-$6) ran home fairly from the rear but was never going to reel in the winner, while Prince Planet ($41-$21) grabbed third.

BETS: Sei Stella $6,000 @ $4



It was a blowout result in the Schweppes Heritage Stakes (1100 metres) with Ragged Rascal ($26) saluting at juicy odds.

The Denman colt came with a powerful run down the centre of the track to beat Meryl ($9-$10) and Charge ($5.50) in what was a fairly rough result.

Best of the favoured runners was Neutrality ($2.30-$2.80) which raced outside the leader (Omar, $26) but faded to fourth. Santos ($3.60-$4-$3.50) was locked up behind the speed and never got out.

Between Neutrality and Santos they held 75 percent of the total investment.

BETS: Neutrality $20,000 @ $2.60

BETS: Santos $5,000 @ $3.60



Muraaqeb ($6-$6.50) overcome a hard run in transit to take out the Shoot Out Mile (1600 metres) in impressive fashion.

While attracting some money, Muraaqeb only held around 20 percent of what Another Dollar ($4.40-$5) did as she went around a very popular horse with TAB customers.

Of the others, Luvaluva ($8-$12) was the best supported in terms of money taken outside of Another Dollar.

Goodfella ($11) and Another Dollar filled the minors.

BETS: Muraaqeb $2,000 @ $8, $3,000 @ $7

BETS: Another Dollar $5,000 @ $4, $3,300 @ $4



Ball Of Muscle ($5) proved too strong in The Shorts (1100 metres) after leading throughout.

Rated a treat by Glyn Schofield, Ball Of Muscle landed some nice bets in holding off the finishing bursts of the more fancied pair of Invincible Star ($2.90-$2.60-$2.70) and Brave Smash ($5-$4.40).

Most of the late money came for Brave Smash which firmed up as a result of that. Between him and Invincible Star they accounted for nearly 70 percent of the total hold.

BETS: Invincible Star $5,000 @ $2.60 TWICE

BETS: Ball Of Muscle $2,000 @ $5.50



Siege Of Quebec ($4.40) arrived in time to nail the very popular Pierata in the Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400 metres).

The Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott runner came down the centre of the track with Tim Clark timing his run to perfection. The entire had some support but nothing compared to what was riding on him the week before in the Theo Marks Quality.

Pierata was TAB's Beat The Bookie horse can went out to as much as $3.30 before starting to $2.80. He ran brilliantly after being three-wide the trip.

Music Magnate ($14) held third after leading. Of the others, Tom Melbourne and Paret were very popular and held far more money than the winner.

BETS: Siege Of Quebec $6,000 @ $4.80

BETS: Pierata $5,000 @ $3.30 TWICE, $5,000 @ $3.20, $4,000 @ $3, $5,000 @ $2.70



Champion mare Winx racked up 27 straight wins by taking out the Colgate Optic White Stakes (1600 metres).

It was easy viewing for those punters that took the short price on offer, however, she gave her backers little cause for concern.

Jockey Hugh Bowman began circling the field on the home turn, with Winx then going into overdrive at the 300 metres to go straight past Le Romain ($11), with Egg Tart ($15) coming home strongly for third.

Winx dominated betting on the race with 98 percent of the total hold.

**The bet of $155,000 on her is now the biggest single wager that TAB has taken on Winx.

BETS: Winx $155,000 @ $1.10, $120,000 @ $1.10, $50,000 @ $1.10, $39,730 @ $1.10, $20,000 @ $1.10, $13,000 @ $1.10, $10,000 @ $1.10 MULTIPLE TIMES



Miss Fabulass didn't attract the level of support that it did last time out.

The Kris Lees-trained runner was $7.50-$11-$10 for the Tea Rose Stakes and she saluted thanks to a gun ride by Kerrin McEvoy.

Miss Fabulass burst through the pack over the concluding stages to beat Fiesta ($5) and Pretty In Pink ($5.50-$4.40).

Fiesta went around as the most popular runner in front of Pretty In Pink, while there was good support for Oohood ($7) and Madam Rouge ($7.50-$6.50).

BETS: Miss Fabulass $1,000 @ $11, $1,500 @ $10, $1,000 @ $10,

BETS: Fiesta $5,000 @ $5.50



Punters landed a big blow to TAB with the well-tried Avilius winning The Agency Real Estate Kingston Town Stakes (2000 metres).

The Godolphin runner was a terrible result for TAB after being backed into $2.90 favourite, with the five-year-old responsible for well over half of all bets on the race.

Jockey Glyn Schofield settled Avilius back at the rear and found clear running at the top of the straight. Giving the leaders eight lengths, he quickly reeled them in to land the cash for trainer James Cummings, connections and punters.

Brimham Rocks ($9-$7.50) trimmed up from the morning to finish second while I Am Serious ($11) had her usual support and wound up third.

BETS: Avilius $3,000 @ $3, $5,000 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.90, $2,000 @ $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES



Trekking made it eight straight favourites to salute in the final race in Sydney on a Saturday.

The Godolphin runner started a very popular $3 favourite in the E Group Security Handicap (1200 metres) and delivered for its supporters.

Trekking was responsible for 51 percent of the total investment and was nearly three times as popular as the next best backed, which turned out to be Single Bullet ($6).

Trekking held off the finish of Right Or Wrong ($9) while Suncraze ($19) nosed out Warranty for the minor end of the prize.

BETS: Trekking $3,000 @ $3.60, $3,000 @ $3, $2,500 @ $3, $2,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,353 @ $2.80





Jaameh ($4-$5.50) rewarded those that backed up on him today in the JDRF Pin & Win Plate (2500 metres).

The Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig runner was heavily supported last time out but failed to figure in the finish. This time around the gelding had support once again and after racing closer to the speed, finished right over the top of his rivals to land the cash.

Hush Writer, which raced outside the leader, was backed from $6.50-$5 equal favourite on the day and battled on well to finish second. Mr Clarify ($9.50) was third.

Of the others, High Church ($5.50-$9) was a noted drifter while The Statesman ($6-$5eq fav) had strong support throughout the day.

BETS: Jaameh $1,000 @ $5.50

BETS: Hush Writer $4,000 @ $5



The money was spot on in the Cap D' Antibes Stakes (1100 metres) with Smart Melody scoring a brilliant win.

Ridden a treat by Brenton Avdulla, Smart Melody was taken to the grandstand side of the track, along with every other horse, and she finished best to beat the fast-finishing Music Bay.

Smart Melody had opened the day at $2.90 and was crunched into $2.25 and was almost twice as popular as its main rival in the market, Multaja ($3.80-$5) which drifted in betting.

Music Bay ($7-$9) and Lady Pluck ($51-$71) filled the minors.

BETS: Smart Melody $4,000 @ $2.80, $2,000 @ $2.80

BETS: Multaja $5,000 @ $5



Theanswermyfriend proved to be a costly conveyance in The Sofitel (1400 metres) after finishing near the rear of the field.

The $4.60 favourite out of the Darren Weir stable drifted from $3.80 in the morning and ran accordingly despite finding the front.

It was left to Violate ($10) to score a minor upset over Dollar For Dollar ($6) with Eclair Calling ($15-$13) filling third.

Of the others, Cliff's Edge ($8) was popular again while Flow ($5) attracted some sizable investments.

BETS: Flow $5,000 @ $5



Brutal defied the betting drift to take out the Antler Luggage Plate (1400 metres) after leading throughout.

The Team Hawkes runner was $2.30 out to $3 at the jump but still attracted good money and was easily the most popular runner with TAB.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn had to get everything out of him after being challenged by Leonardo da Hinchi ($7.50-$10) in the straight, with very little separating them at the end.

Good 'N' Fast ($10) grabbed third just in front of the big firmer in Declarationofheart ($6.50-$4.40) which was $12 earlier in the week.

BETS: Brutal $12,000 @ $2.50, $7,000 @ $3, $3,900 @ $3, $3,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES

BETS: Declarationofheart $9,500 @ $5.50



Dothraki ($16-$11-$15) had some specking in the Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200 metres) but was largely ignored by punters.

Instead, most of the focus was on Rich Charm ($3.40-$3.10-$3.60) which was responsible for 46 percent of the total investment. Next best supported was Hey Doc ($4.20-$7.50) despite being a drifter.

In the end it was Dothraki, which came back to the inside running for Damian Lane, which held out First Among Equals ($10) and Kemono ($3.70-$4.80-$4.40).

BETS: Dothraki $1,000 @ $16

BETS: Rich Charm $10,000 @ $1.50 PLACE



Two of the most popular horses in the race fought out the finish of the Let's Elope Stakes (1400 metres).

Bella Martini and I Am A Star were the second and third best supported runners in the race respectively, with only Petition ($8-$7.50) holding more.

Despite having to sit outside Bella Martini ($5.50-$8.50), I Am A Star defeated the frontrunner with Ben Melham getting everything out of the mare to get the result right on the line.

I Am A Star drifted from $6.50 in the morning out to $10 while Bella Martini also went out. Sheezdashing ($19) was third just in front of the firming Miss Gunpowder ($8-$7.50).

Of the others, Merriest was $6-$4.80 on the day with the move for her continuing from Wednesday when $12 was on offer. Ms Gardenia was the other one to come in, $15-$9.

BETS: Merriest $4,000 @ $4.80



Grunt landed some good bets in taking out the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes (1600 metres).

The Mick Price runner hovered around the $11-$12 mark throughout the day and attracted some good money, however, he held around 25 percent of what race favourite Kementari ($4.40-$3.80) did.

Powering to the line after racing just off the speed, Grunt knocked off Kings Will Dream ($4.40-$5) and Jon Snow ($31) with Kementari close up fourth.

All the betting activity late was for Kementari while it was notable that Humidor went $3.90 out to $6.

BETS: Grunt $1,200 x $500 e/w @ $14/$3.30, $1,000 @ $12, $500 e/w @ $12/$3.30

BETS: Humidor $10,000 @ $2.20 PLACE

Bets: Kementari $5,000 @ $4.20



The majority of the cash was with Native Soldier, however, it was the toppie Encryption ($12-$19) which caused a big upset.

Craig Williams weaved his way through the leading division inside the 300 metre mark and the horse did the rest, hitting the line hard to defeat Thorondor ($26) and Tavisan ($9-$12).

Native Soldier had led them but weakened out over the concluding stages. It held 45 percent of the total investment.

Of the others, there was a move for EF Troop ($9-$6) which failed to come off while Marcel From Madrid was popular also.

BETS: Encryption $600 @ $18, $500 @ $16, $1,000 e/w @ $15/$3.90, $500 @ $12 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $10

BETS: Native Soldier $3,000 @ $3.40, $2,000 @ $3.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $4,000 @ $3.20, $2,700 @ $3.20