The wagering review of Saturday's TAB.com.au fixed odds betting for races at Randwick and Flemington, the features at Eagle Farm and Futures Market updates:
Cosmic Gossip $101-$51 (after winning r1 @ Eagle Farm)
Peltzer $15-$8 (after winning r1 @ Randwick)
Ready For Magic $101-$51
Tumbler Ridge $34-$51
Rothfire $8-$4.50f (after winning Champagne Classic @ Eagle Farm)
Isotope stays $5
Wisdom Of Water $5-$6
Wild Ruler $11-$9
Victorem $26-$9 (after winning TAB Victory Stakes @ Eagle Farm)
Vega One $8-$11
Deep Image and Niccanova $26-$15
Peltzer $26-$15 (after winning r1 @ Randwick)
Overlord was a costly proposition in the opening event of the day - the Darley 2YO Handicap (1300 metres).
TAB customers heavily supported the Chris Waller runner which touched odds on at one point, drifted back out to $2.20 at the jump and was three times as popular as the winner, Peltzer ($3.50).
The pair dominated the hold with 80 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Peltzer $1,500 @ $2.70
BETS: Overlord $3,000 @ $2.25, $1,000 @ $2.25, $5,000 @ $2.20, $2,000 @ $2.10, $1,300 @ $2.10, $1,000 @ $2.10, $1,538 @ $2, $1,000 @ $2, $1,000 @ $1.95
BETS: Perfect Radiance $1,500 @ $4.80
Biscara wasn't all that fancied to take out the TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap (1000 metres).
The Matt Dale runner was $12-$15 on the day and only had light backing compared to the likes of Tejori ($3.20-$4.60), which blew badly late, and Tallis ($9-$7.50).
Biscara went on to beat Keen Power ($3.90-$6) and Cock Match ($14-$9.50-$10) which had some support at the eachway odds. Tallis was close up in fourth.
Of the others, there was specking for a number of runners including Eleazar ($34-$16) and Fair Dinkum ($26-$17-$18).
BETS: Tallis $1,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Eleazar $1,000 @ $21
Some handy eachway investments were landed thanks to Stockman in the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (2000 metres).
The Joe Pride-trained runner started the day as an $11 chance and bottomed out at $9 before getting back to $10 at the jump.
Coming with a big run from back in the field, Sam Clipperton got the best out of the gelding to nail Reinvest ($3-$4.20) in the shadows of the post. The Guru ($31) added spice to the exotics by winding up in third.
Foxborough ($4.60-$3.50) was the big disappointment as it was easily the most popular runner and held approximately 45 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Foxborough $1,500 @ $3.50, $1,500 @ $3.40
BETS: Reinvest $1,500 @ $4.20
Savvy eachway punters landed a handy blow in the TAB Live Vision Handicap (2000 metres) when High Opinion proved too strong at the finish.
The gelding had been $14 in the morning and constant support throughout the day saw it come into $8 at the jump.
Jason Collett pulled the eight-year-old out four and five-wide on the home turn and the Kris Lees runner did the rest, powering to the line to beat the well supported New Arrangement ($3.70-$4.60) which was one of the best backed runners in the race.
Loveseat ($4.80), which held the most money, was a distant third.
Of the others, Canasta ($5.50) drifted late after being $4.80 in the morning while Lord Gododdin ($17-$7) was a significant firm.
BETS: Loveseat $1,000 @ $5, $1,100 @ $4.60
BETS: New Arrangement $1,600 @ $4.20, $3,000 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4, $6,000 @ $3.90
BETS: Canasta $1,000 @ $5
Coruscate landed a blow to multi players when he beat the odds-on favourite in the At Sea Handicap (1100 metres).
Godolphin's runner went around as a $3.30 chance and was a drifter throughout the day after opening at $2.40 in the morning.
Sitting outside the leader for most of the race, Kerrin McEvoy booted the five-year-old for home after straightening and the pair raced clear to easily hold Invictus Prince ($8.50) which found the line nicely.
Of the two favourites, Southern Lad ($2-$1.80) was clearly the more popular and held more than twice as much as the winner.
BETS: Coruscate $1,000 @ $3
BETS: Southern Lad $1,000 @ $2 MULTIPLE TIMES, $3,700 @ $1.95, $1,050 @ $1.95, $1,000 @ $1.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,500 @ $1.85, $2,353 @ $1.85, $1,000 @ $1.85 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $1.80
Opacity defied the betting drift to cause an upset in the first leg of the Quaddie - the Calyx @ Coolmore Australia Handicap (1500 metres).
The John O'Shea-trained runner was $6.50 in the morning and despite some decent support, blew out to $11 at the jump as the big money came for Miss Einstein ($3.10-$2.70) and Agassi ($9-$4.60).
Hugh Bowman rode the three-year-old, which was giving away age to his rivals, a treat with the pair hitting the lead inside the 200m mark and then holding off Miss Einstein at the finish. Come Along ($9.50-$16) wound up third.
Of the others, Bold And Wild ($4.80-$9) was a noted drifter.
BETS: Miss Einstein $4,400 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3, $3,000 @ $2.70, $1,500 @ $2.70, $1,000 @ $2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Greek Hero $1,000 @ $10
Witherspoon was largely ignored by TAB punters in the Exceedance At Vinery Handicap (1000 metres).
Going out at $19 on the TAB Fixed Odds, Witherspoon was one of two runners for Kris Lees but the majority of punters had their eye on the latter. Longbottom was as much as $7 today and got into $5.50 late. In fact, it was the second most popular runner outside of Enfleurage ($3.70-$4.20).
Taken straight to the top by Louise Day, the pair streeted their rivals to leave Switched ($3.70 fav) and Longbottom to fight out the minors some distance away. All Stand, which finished fourth, was specked at odds and went $23-$15.
BETS: Switched $1,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Enfleurage $1,000 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4
Some savvy TAB customers were on a high after Louise Day was able to steer home Man Of Peace in the Octagonal Handicap (1400 metres).
Opening at $21 on Wednesday when markets first opened, Man of Peace was $12 this morning and bottomed out at $9 before starting at $10.
Jumping straight to the top, Day had to get everything out of the Matty Dale runner to hold off Outrageous ($6-$8) which sat outside it throughout. Got Unders ($41) wound up in third in front of the heavily backed favourite Archedemus ($3.30).
Of the rest, Oakfield Missile ($15-$7) was a notable firmer.
BETS: Man of Peace $1,000 @ $11, $1,000 @ $9
BETS: Oakfield Missile $1,000 e/w @ $10/$2.80
BETS: Archedemus $5,000 @ $3.50, $4,500 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Redouble $1,020 @ $8
In a very open betting affair it was Blazing Miss which proved best in the SKY Racing Active Handicap (1200 metres).
Despite drifting from $7.50 in the morning to $10 at the jump, the Mark Newnham runner did have its share of admirers and attracted some good eachway money.
So Taken ($6.50) was the most popular runner and bottomed out at $5.50 before getting back out late. Voila ($15-$9) was one of the more notable firmers in the event along with Malea Magic ($15-$9.50) while Misteed ($11-$9-$10) was one of the more popular horses.
Sasko ran his rivals ragged in the Rogan Josh Stayers Trophy (2500 metres).
Going out at $26 on TAB Fixed Odds, the Matt Cumani runner was pretty solid throughout the afternoon and briefly touched $23 before getting back out to $26 at the jump.
Rated a treat in front by Michael Poy, Sasko led all-the-way to beat Good Idea ($7-$12) and the well tried Nashville Sound ($18-$9.50).
The disappointment in terms of the betting was Shepard ($3.90-$3.30) which went around nearly twice as popular as anything else in the race.
BETS: Shepard $1,300 @ $3.40, $4,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $3.20 TWICE
BETS: Starcaster $1,500 @ $5.50
Immortal Love made it two wins from as many starts in the Tom Melbourne Trophy (1400 metres).
The son of Snitzel was supported throughout the day and jumped a $4.40 second pick behind Khoekhoe ($2.25-$2.50) which commanded over half the total investment.
Leading throughout for Craig Newitt, Immortal Love raced clear to beat the favourite easily while Indictment ($5-$6.50) made up good ground after being last on the turn.
BETS: Indictment $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Khoekhoe $1,500 @ $2.50, $1,000 @ $2.50 TWICE, $1,000 @ $2.20
There was money all day to suggest that La Chevalee could run a big race in the Redkirk Warrior Trophy (1400 metres).
Opening the day at $4.60, La Chevalee got to as low as $3.80 at one stage before getting back out to $4.20 late. Despite that, the filly was the most popular runner in terms of money held, edging out Debtndeficit ($4-$3.80) in that regard.
La Chevalee burst through the leading pack midway down the running and raced away to beat Diaquin ($18-$16) with Debtndeficit in third.
BETS: La Chevalee $1,200 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Debtndeficit $1,300 @ $4.20, $1,300 @ $3.90, $1,300 @ $3.80
Favourite backers were cheering after Alfa Oro was too good for his rivals in the Almandin Handicap (1100 metres).
The $2.60 favourite, which had been $2.20 in the morning, went around with double the amount of money than any other runner in the race.
Racing on the speed throughout under Ben Melham, the Matt Laurie runner hit the front inside the final stages and then held off the fast-finishing Spirit Of Aquada ($18) to get the verdict. Pinyin ($13-$9.50) ran right up to the support for her and wound up third narrowly in front of the popular Ruban Bleu ($$8.50-$6.50).
BETS: Alfa Oro $1,000 @ $2.60, $4,000 @ $2.30, $6,000 @ $1.40 PLACE
BETS: Ruban Bleu $1,000 @ $7
Game Keeper defied the betting drift in the Efficient Handicap (2000 metres).
The Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained gelding opened the day as a $3.70 favourite, however, come jump time TAB was offering $5 which saw it shuffled to the third line of betting behind Tooradin ($4-$3.60) and November Dreaming ($7-$4.20).
Game Keeper loomed up ominously after straightening and finished hard to narrowly hold off the flying Blue Ocean ($18), with November Dreaming back in third after leading.
Tooradin, which went around with 33 percent of the total investment, dropped out after chiming on straightening.
BETS: November Dreaming $2,000 @ $6, $1,400 @ $4.80
BETS: Tooradin $2,000 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50, $1,500 @ $3.40, $1,000 @ $3.40 TWICE
BETS: Hezafox $1,000 @ $4.80
The win by Great Again wasn't totally unexpected in the Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (1200 metres).
TAB saw good specking for the Lindsay Smith-trained runner throughout the afternoon and after $11 was on offering in the morning, it bottomed out at $8.50 before getting back out late to go back to its price from 9am.
Racing on the speed throughout, Great Again did enough to hold out the late closing Rich Charm ($34) with Home Of The Brave ($12-$9.50-$12) close behind in third.
The two most popular runners in Haunted ($5) and Milwaukee ($4.40) were out of the placings. Together, the pair were responsible for half the market.
BETS: Great Again $1,400 @ $11
BETS: Haunted $1,000 @ $5.50, $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Milwaukee $25,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Miss Iano $2,000 e/w @ $7/$2.30
It was a blowout in the Brew's Anniversary Plate (1800 metres) with Savaheat landing the money at huge odds.
TAB had the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr runner as a $61 chance when the field got underway, with the five-year-old being one of the least favoured horses in the race.
Finishing best under Michael Dee, Savaheat beat the heavily supported Duke Of Plumpton ($3.60-$3.30 fav) which again proved costly for his fans. Masaff ($10-$16) rocketed home from the back to get third.
Of the unplaced brigade, Aussie Nugget ($3.30 eq fav) and Supre ($11-$7) had plenty riding on them with 43 percent of the money on those two runners alone.
BETS: Duke Of Plumpton $5,000 @ $3.40, $2,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30
BETS: Aussie Nugget $1,000 @ $3.30, $3,000 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3
Shot Of Irish and So Si Bon were the two best tried runners in the race but it was left to Reykjavik to swoop home at double figures.
Reykjavik ($9.50-$11) had its admirers but did get out in the betting slightly as So Si Bon ($4.40) and Shot Of Irish ($2.90) commanded the bulk of the investment.
Django Freeman ($5-$9.50) was tried at eachway odds too although it drifted throughout the afternoon.
BETS: Reykjavik $1,000 @ $11
BETS: Django Freeman $1,000 @ $9
BETS: Shot Of Irish $1,400 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.90 multiple times
BETS: So Si Bon $2,000 e/w @ $4.40/$1.75
Although attracting some money, Roccasbascerana wasn't the most popular runner for the running of the Living Legends Plate (1100 metres).
That honour went to The Astrologist ($4.60-$3.50) just in front of Hilo ($4.20-$4.80) with the pair holding more than half the market for the final event.
Roccabascerana, for Jamie Kah and Will Clarken, was $8.50-$9.50 on the day but was the third best tried runner outside the two abovementioned horses.
Hi Stranger ($21) and The Astrologist filled the minors.
BETS: Roccasbascerana $1,000 @ $8.50
BETS: The Astrologist $1,000 @ $4.20, $8,000 @ $3.80, $4,500 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.70, $3,000 @ $3.20
BETS: Hilo $1,000 @ $5 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1.080 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.80
BETS: Can't Be Done $2,000 @ $5
The big money late told the story for the running of the Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200 metres).
Rothfire was backed into favouritism and jumped $2.40 after getting to as much as $2.70 earlier on in the day. In fact, $2.70 was still being offered not that far out from the jump.
Conversely, Isotope ($2.20-$2.70) was displaced as favourite thanks to heavy support for Rothfire but in terms of the overall hold, she was far more popular than the winner.
Leading throughout, the Rob Heathcote-trained runner was rated a treat by Jim Byrne with Rothfire safely holding Isotope at bay with Wild Ruler ($5-$4.80-$5.50) close up in third.
The first three across the line commanded a whopping 87 percent of the market.
BETS: Isotope $3,000 @ $2.70, $4,000 @ $2.40
BETS: Rothfire $1,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $2.50, $1,000 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Wild Ruler $1,500 e/w @ $5/$2.10
Supergiant upset the apple cart in the Guysynd Classic (1800m).
The Michael Costa horse led throughout to just hold on in a photo from the flying Ballistic Boy ($9.50), however, most of the attention was on the late closing third horse in Kinane.
Chris Waller's stable rep went around as a hot $1.90 favourite and totally dominated the hold with over 60 percent of the money riding on him.
BETS: Kinane $5,000 @ $1.90 TWICE, $2,000 @ $1.90, $1,500 @ $1.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $1.90 MULTIPLE TIMES
TAB VICTORY STAKES
Victorem flashed home to take out the TAB Victory Stakes (1200 metres) at juicy odds for Jenny Graham and Mark du Plessis.
The five-year-old had been heavily supported first-up and couldn't get the job done in the BRC Sprint, however, he still attracted a few decent bets today despite going $12-$19.
Winter Bridge was a big firmer. Having been $9 in the morning, she was backed into $5.50 at the jump while Deep Image ($8.50) had admirers all week.
Vega One ($4-$4.80) was the most popular runner in front of Kementari ($5).
BETS: Victorem $1,520 @ $18, $1,250 @ $14, $2,500 @ $13
BETS: Outback Barbie $3,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $7.50/$2.60
BETS: Vega One $1,000 @ $4.80 MULTIPLE TIMES