LUCKY DOLLAR FOR ONE CUSTOMER YIELDS BIG PAYOUT
So Si Bon’s upset in the Aurie’s Star Handicap was taken advantage of by a number of TAB customers who snared a slice of the big First 4 dividend.
The winner paid upwards of $24 on both NSW and VIC totes while the roughie Seaburge at $84 provided plenty of spice to the exotic bet type.
In Victoria, one punter spent just $1 for 50 percent of the dividend to ultimately collect nearly $17,000 after standing out So Si Bon for first and Malibu Style for second. In NSW, a similar story unfolded when one customer’s $10 spend returned them a tick over $18,000 thanks to their 55.55 percent share in the divi after they too stood out the winner.
Bet details are below:
Haut Brion Her did the right thing by favourite backers in the Campbelltown Catholic Club Handicap (1200 metres).
The Chris Waller mare was $1.75-$1.65 on the day and was twice as popular as anything else in the race. She was also extremely well tried through multis.
Chasing the leader for most of the trip, jockey Kerrin McEvoy issued his challenge on straightening and the daughter of Zoustar hit the front, repelling a challenge from Connemara ($5.50) late. Charlayne ($13) secured the minor end of the prize.
Taniko ($5.50) was best backed of the others but failed to run on after being at the rear throughout.
BETS: Haut Brion Her $3,000 @ $1.65
Black Wand was aided by a charmed run in the TAB Highway Class 3 Plate (1800 metres).
The Kurt Goldman runner sat fourth and just a few lengths off the three leaders before finishing off too well to score at $5.50 on TAB Fixed Odds.
Black Wand ($5.50) was the third most popular runner in the race behind Isadora Twinkle ($10-$6.50-$7) and Onemore Sapphire ($6).
Perfect Rhyme ($6-$7.50) led and fought on gallantly to wind up second with Stratum's Rose ($21) filling the minor end of the money after racing on the speed.
Alizee gave favourite backers little cause for concern in the Smithfield RSL Missile Stakes (1200 metres).
The Godolphin mare was one of the most popular runners across Australia today, commanding 80 percent of the total investment and being heavily leveraged through multis.
Jockey Hugh Bowman didn't do much on her down the straight, sitting quietly after zooming around the field and holding off the finishing burst of Invincible Gem ($19) with Le Romain winding up third.
BETS: Alizee $10,000 @ $1.55, $4,000 @ $1.55, $6,000 @ $1.50, $5,000 @ $1.40, $12,000 @ $1.30, $9,500 @ $1.30, $5,000 @ $1.30
Dawn Passage rattled home from the near tail of the field to take out the Canterbury Hurlstone Park Club Rosebud (1100 metres).
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained runner was a slight drifter on the day ($3.70-$4) but still went around as the second best supported runner in the event.
Tim Clark timed his run beautifully on the Dawn Approach colt to finish best and defeat Let It Pour ($21) and race favourite Lucicello ($3.50).
Dawn Passage was losing result for TAB and held 27 percent of the market while Lucicello held 35 percent.
BETS: Dawn Passage $1,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $3.90
BETS: Lucicello $10,000 @ $3.80, $3,000 @ $3.80
Sweet Deal ($3.30) was a popular choice for TAB customers in the Dooleys Handicap (1400 metres).
The John Thompson runner went around as favourite and opened the day at $3.10, however, as much as $3.50 was available on Wednesday when the market first opened.
Ridden a treat by Nash Rawiller, Sweet Deal was too strong at the finish after hitting the lead a few hundred metres out. Fortensky ($6) had admirers once again and wound up second while Dracenfels held the most money and rattled home for third.
BETS: Sweet Deal $1,500 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50
It was an upset in the seventh on the card as Hogmanay saluted at $21 on TAB Fixed Odds.
Although not attracting a great deal of support, Hogmanay had good specking at the eachway price but the real story here was the money that came for Costello.
David Payne's runner was $5.50 on Wednesday and today went $3.40 into $2.50, making him one of the best supported horses all day.
Unfortunately for those who backed him, Costello was blocked for a run most of the straight, enabling Hogmanay to outstay his rivals and score under Blaike McDougall.
Matowi ($6-$7.50) ran on for second while the leader Scholarly ($21) held third.
BETS: Costello $4,000 @ $2.70
One of the best betting moves all day came off big time in the Cabra Bowls Handicap ($1200 metres).
Prime Candidate was $8.50 at one stage in the afternoon but was crunched into $5.50 at the jump. Sitting outside the leader for most of the trip, jockey Tim Clark let the gelding go midway down the straight and he powered away to land the cash.
Dawn Dawn ($9-$6) was nibbled throughout the afternoon and wound up second after tracking the speed while So Taken ($5.50-$8) filled third.
The big disappointment in the race was Black Magnum ($2.50-$3.30) which was a notable drifter. Despite that he was still the most popular runner in front of Dawn Dawn and held around 20 percent of the total. After being planted three-wide the trip, the gelding tired badly to finish down the track.
BETS: Prime Candidate $1,000 e/w @ $8.50/$2.50, $1,000 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $5.50
Punters ended the day on the right side of the ledger thanks to The Avenger.
The Chris Waller runner was $5 at the start of the day and in the final 15 minutes of betting firmed significantly into $3.80. The Avenger was clearly best tried to beat the favourite Cinquedea ($1.90-$2.15) in the Doltone House Marconi Handicap (1500 metres) and it proved to be spot on.
Under the 'J Mac', The Avenger swept past Cinquedea in the final bounds with Weekend Affair ($34) running on to add some spice to the trifecta.
Of the others, Mapmaker came in for some attention and went $11-$6.50.
Between the quinella pairing they were responsible for 65 percent of the market.
BETS: The Avenger $9,000 @ $4.40, $3,800 @ $3.80
BETS: Cinquedea $7,000 @ $2
Heirborn landed some big bets in taking out the second event on the card.
He was easily the most popular runner in terms of money held, responsible for over 33 percent of the total investment.
Taking most of the straight to get to the leaders, jockey Ben Melham got everything out of the son of Charm Spirit to beat Antagoniser ($26) and Vegas Knight ($11-$6.50).
Outside of the winner there was good money for Maozi ($5.50 - second most popular) while Conqueror ($6) was tried late.
BETS: Heirborn $6,000 @ $3.90, $2,000 @ $3.90, $4,500 x $8,576 @ $3.80/$1.70
BETS: Conqueror $2,000 @ $6
Ruban Bleu ($15-$8.50) was a notable firmer and ran right up to the market support in the VRC Member Thomas Dandis Handicap (1200 metres).
The David & ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained runner was specked throughout the day and started in single figures after being as much as $23 on Wednesday.
Jockey Lachlan King had the gelding the widest and the pair finished best down the Flemington straight, roaring clear to beat Confluence ($19-$9.50), which was a firmer also, and race favourite Jumbo Ozaki ($2.50-$3.60).
The fav was easily the most popular runner here and nearly held half the market.
BETS: Jumbo Ozaki $2,000 @ $3.60, $8,000 @ $3.50, $2,000 @ $3.50
The two notable firmers late in betting fought out the VRC Member Emma Duffy Handicap (1400 metres).
Vinland ($7.50) got the better of Romancer ($5.50-$5) after enjoying a good run near the tail of the field and getting a nice cart into the race.
Jockey Luke Currie barely moved on the gelding until midway down the straight, putting the issue to bed over a gallant Romancer which had a far tougher run.
Super Titus ($18-$12) also had good specking and ran third after being rearward throughout.
The two best supported horses failed to figure in the placings. Jungle Edge ($3.70-$4.60) and Tshahitsi ($2.60-$2.90) raced one-two and were responsible for 60 percent of the market between them.
BETS: Vinland $850 e/w @ $5/$2.40
Charossa overcame a three-wide run for the entire 2000m journey of the VRC Member Jeffery Overington Handicap.
The Gordon Richards-trained runner hovered around the $9-$10 mark for most of the betting but did attracted some good eachway support throughout the afternoon.
Powering to the front shortly after rounding the final bend, Charossa kept going despite doing a stack of work under Damian Lane to beat Heir To The Throne ($7.50-$10) and Dabiyr ($8).
Twilight Run ($3.70) went around as a popular elect with TAB customers again but unfortunately couldn't deliver for its backers. It held twice as much as anything else.
BETS: Charossa $1,000 @ $10
Plenty of big bets and multis went down the tubes after the hot favourite Assertive Approach was rolled in the sixth event on the card at Flemington.
The Team Hawkes runner was responsible for 57 percent of the market and after leading for most of the 1000m trip, was rolled late by The Inevitable ($8-$7) right on the line.
Queen Annabel ($17) filled the minor end of the prize.
Outside of the hot pot, Wagner ($5.50-$6.50) had good backing but still held a under a quarter of what the fav did.
BETS: Assertive Approach $3,000 @ $1.85, $2,000 @ $1.85
One of the 'good things' of the day saluted for punters in the VRC Member Peter Cosgriff Handicap (1400 metres).
My Pendant opened $2.50 on Wednesday but TAB customers were pretty keen to take the price, crunching her into $1.75 at the jump. The Danny O'Brien runner held 55 percent of the money in this event.
Getting a three-wide cart into the race, My Pendant then took most of the straight to overhaul Special Diva but did so under the urgings of Damian Oliver.
Shokora ($4.50-$8.50), a noted drifter, wound up third.
BETS: My Pendant $3,750 @ $1.80, $3,000 @ $1.80, $4,000 @ $1.75, $2,200 @ $1.75, $2,000 @ $1.75 MULTIPLE TIMES
So Si Bon broke through for his maiden win at Flemington when successful in the Aurie's Star Handicap (1200 metres).
The Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig-trained runner scored at $26 running away at the finish, relegating Malibu Style ($9-$6.50) and Sesar ($4.20) to the minors.
Sesar went around as the favourite and most popular runner in terms of money held, with roughly 31 percent of the total investment while Milwaukee ($5.50) was easily the next best but he did go $4.80-$6 in the final few minutes before coming back in.
Other notable moves in the race were for You Make Me Smile ($16-$7.50-$9) and Reykjavik ($13-$10-$6).
BETS: So Si Bon $450 @ $21, $200 e/w @ $19/$5
BETS: Sesar $3,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Reykjavik $2,000 @ $8
BETS: Malibu Style $1,000 @ $6.50
Linda Meech took out the final event on the card - the VRC Member Angela Kennedy Handicap (1720 metres) aboard Royal Ace.
The son of Casino Prince outstayed Humbolt Current ($9.50) in the drive to the line after the Chris Waller runner had briefly hit the front.
Royal Ace had been specked at eachway odds to win the race and went $11 into as low as $9 before starting at $10.
Kentucky Breeze ($11) battled on well for third after racing on the speed three-deep throughout.
It wasn't a great race for those punters backing the favoured runners though. Dr Drill ($3.40-$3.90) went out the gate while Laure Me In ($8.50-$6) was next best supported but failed to figure.