The wagering review of Saturday's TAB.com.au fixed odds betting for races at Rosehill and Caulfield:
Steel Diamond caused a minor upset in the Alabama Express @ Yulong Handicap (1400 metres).
While it did have specking and firmed $15-$11 on the day, Steel Diamond was largely ignored as most of the money sat with the heavily tried Frosty Rocks.
The Bjorn Baker-trained galloper was $2.50 fav and went around with 60 percent of the total investment but couldn't fight off the challengers after doing plenty of work.
Steel Diamond went on to beat the fast-finishing Academy ($7.50-$11) with Cafe Royal ($5.50-$9) running on in third. The two placegetters were noted drifters.
Of the rest, Vienna Rain ($6) was the big firmer having been $23 earlier in the week.
BETS: Frosty Rocks $1,500 @ $2.50, $1,000 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $3,000 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.40 TWICE, $1,400 @ $2.40, $1,000 @ $2.40
BETS: Vienna Rain $1,300 @ $5.50
Rothenburg was one of the better supported runners in the TAB Highway Handicap (1400 metres).
The Matty Dunn-trained runner was $7.50 in the morning and bottomed out at $6.50 before jumping at $7. The gelding was the second most popular runner in terms of money taken behind Dream Runner ($5.50).
Cloud Factory ($51) ran on for second while Amirykal ($12) filled the minor end of the prize.
BETS: Rothenburg $1,000 @ $7, $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Wichita Warrior $1,000 @ $9.50
The heavily tried Ablaze was a costly proposition in the Coolmore Stayers Cup (3200 metres).
The $3.20 favourite went around with three times the amount of money that Loveseat, the equal second elect at $7, did.
Starting the day as a $2.60 chance, the late drift for Ablaze saw it get out to $3.20 with the market spot on late about its chances.
It was left to Sweet Thomas ($10-$13-$11) to take out the Cup and land some handy wagers after he came in for good specking late. Loveseat tried hard in second while the big firmer Re Edit ($13-$7) was working home nicely for third.
Ablaze was responsible for over half the total investment.
BETS: Ablaze $4,220 @ $3, $1,200 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3, $1,200 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Gayatri $2,000 @ $7.50, 1,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Re Edit $1,000 @ $7.50
BETS: Loveseat $1,000 @ $5.50
Fulmina ($5-$4.40) had been supported all week and did the right thing by its backers when successful in the Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1800 metres).
Opening as a $5 chance earlier in the week, that price was still available today but consistent support saw it firm into $4.40 favouritism.
The Mark Newnham-trained runner took over top spot in the market from Word For Word ($4.60-$5).
Finishing best under Rachel King, Fulmina beat Guise ($21-$18) and Chilly Cha Cha ($51) which added plenty of spice to the exotics.
BETS: Fulmina $1,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80 TWICE, $3,000 @ $4.60
BETS: Guise $2,500 @ $4.60
BETS: Azarmin $1,500 @ $41
BETS: Word For Word $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80
One of the better tried runners all day was Roheryn in the De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1100 metres).
The Godolphin runner was crunched from $4.60-$3.10 on the day and bottomed out at $2.90. It was four times as popular as Embracer and held over half the money on the race.
James McDonald had the Lohnro gelding last on the turn but found clear running at the top of the straight. Sprinting sharply, the pair overhauled the leaders to land some big bets and deliver a huge blow to TAB.
Sandbar ($9.50-$11) got out late to grab second while Embracer ($4.20-$6) held third after leading.
You Make Me Smile ($9.50-$5) was the other significant firmer in the race while Time To Reign ($4.20-$7.50) drifted all day.
BETS: Roheryn $1,000 @ $4.20, $1,100 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $2,000 @ $3 TWICE, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES, $4,000 @ $2.90
BETS: You Make Me Smile $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Time To Reign $3,500 @ $7.50
There was money around to suggest a few of the Kris Lees runners could score here at decent odds.
For the running of the Iron Jack W J McKell Cup (2000 metres) Lees had five of the 12 runners with Frankely Awesome ($17-$11) and Big Duke ($12-$13-$11) coming in for support from TAB customers along with race favourite Attention Run ($4.80).
Finishing powerfully, Frankely Awesome stormed over the top of Carzoff ($5.50-$5) to get the money, with stablemate Sixties Groove ($8-$13) splitting the pair. Sixties Groove had been backed from $15-$8 early in the week but drifted today.
BETS: Frankely Awesome $400 e/w @ $12/$3.60, $750 @ $11
BETS: Attention Run $2,000 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.80 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Wu Gok $5,000 @ $7
BETS: Carzoff $1,000 @ $5
Punters lined up on Trumbull once again but this time they were rewarded when it was successful in the Drinkwise Civic Stakes (1350 metres).
Going around as the second most popular runner in the race, the $6 chance began well and sat behind the speed with Tommy Berry sticking to the inside on straightening. Sprinting sharply, the pair beat Order Again ($13-$9) which came in for good backing with Dealmaker ($10-$7).
Home Of The Brave ($5.50) went around with more money than anything else and held fourth after leading.
Crack Me Up ($9-$6) continued to shorten today after being $17 when betting commenced on Wednesday.
BETS: Trumbull $5,000 @ $5.50, $3,000 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50 TWICE
BETS: Crack Me Up $1,200 @ $6.50
Sticking to the rails, Brenton Avdulla helped punters land a nice plonk with Orcein in the TAB Long May We Play Handicap (1500 metres).
Out of the Chris Waller stable, Orcein was $11-$4.80 after strong consistent support throughout the day. Early shoppers were able to get as much as $16 about its chances when markets opened on Wednesday.
Monegal ($15-$7) was another good firmer and ran up to its win last start to finish second, while New Arrangement ($6.50-$12) was a big drifter but grabbed third.
The disappointment in the race was Night Of Power which was $3.80 fav and held 45 percent of the money.
BETS: Orcein $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Night Of Power $2,000 @ $3.80, $1,200 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.80, $2,000 @ $3.60, $1,000 e/w @ $3.60/$1.55, $1,000 @ $3.40
BETS: Knowitall Jack $1,000 @ $10
BETS: Spencer $1,390 @ $5
Punters left Rosehill on a high after Kordia did the right thing by his backers in the Hyland EOFY Sale Handicap (1200 metres).
The James Cummings runner carried a number of big bets and was heavily leveraged through multis.
Bottoming out at $2.90 before starting a $3.50 favourite, Kordia stormed home over the top of his rivals to beat Ghostly ($19) and Malea Magic ($4.80).
Malea Magic had been the best tried to beat the fav but held less than a third of the money that he did.
Of the rest, Accelerator ($8-$5.50) firmed throughout the afternoon.
BETS: Kordia $1,500 @ $3.50, $6,500 @ $3.40, $2,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.10, $3,000 @ $2.90, $1,500 @ $2.90, $1,100 @ $2.90
BETS: Malea Magic $5,000 @ $4.80, $3,000 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.80, MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $4.60
BETS: Accelerato $1,000 @ $5.50
Saltpeter did all the work outside the leader to prove superior in the Vale Graham Salisbury Handicap (1100 metres).
The John Moloney-trained runner went around as a $9.50 chance after opening at $7 earlier in the day. Damien Oliver got the best out of the Pierro gelding to beat Clean Machine ($4.60-$4-$4.80) which led. Savannah Cloud ($23) ran on for third in front of the well supported Euphoric Summer ($3.60-$2.80) which was four times as popular as anything else.
BETS: Clean Machine $1,000 @ $4.80, $1,500 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Euphoric Summer $3,000 @ $3.30, $4,000 @ $3, $2,500 @ $3, $1,500 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,900 @ $2.90, $2,000 @ $2.80
Punters were spot on in the third event over 1440 metres with Mystery Shot landing a number of big bets.
Mystery Shot opened betting at $4.40 on Wednesday and today, $3.60 was on offer in the morning. Further support saw it start a dominant $3.30 fav with 46 percent of the total investment.
Given a sweet trip by Michael Rodd fourth in the run, the pair peeled out on the final bend and finished best to beat the fast closing Splendoronthegrass ($7.50-$10) with Scorpius ($7.50-$5-$5.50) holding third after sitting outside the leader.
BETS: Mystery Shot $1,000 @ $3.70, $1,000 @ $3.40 TWICE, $6,000 @ $3.30, $5,000 @ $3.30, $3,000 @ $3.30, $1,500 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Scorpius $1,000 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $5
BETS: Matsumoto $1,000 e/w @ $11/$3.30
She's A Thief hung on to take out the Father Brendan Dillon (1200 metres) in what was a very open betting affair.
Almost every single runner came in for solid support including the winner, which went $14-$11 on the day.
Daniel Stackhouse had to get everything out of the Mike Moroney runner which did all the work and then had to repel River Jewel ($8) in a stirring finish.
Laburnum ($15) wound up third in front of the well tried Sakura ($8.50-$7) which held the most money.
BETS: Sakura $3,000 @ $7, $2,000 @ $7, $1,000 @ $7
Felicia was confidently tried and did the right thing by its supporters when shooting clear to capture the Hyland Sportswear EOFY Sale Handicap (1200 metres).
Hovering around the $2.60-$2.70 mark for most of the day, she jumped at the latter quote and held just under 50 percent of the total investment.
Despite doing all the work, Craig Williams gave her a bit more rein and she booted clear on straightening, dashing clear to land a number of big bets.
The big mover was Brazen Song ($8.50-$6.50) after opening at double figures earlier in the week. It ran right up to the support for second while Paris ($11) filled the minors and had plenty of admirers at the price.
BETS: Felicia $7,500 @ $2.70
A long range move for Lucifer's Reward paid off when it took out the sixth event on the card over 1000m.
TAB went up $101 about its chances on Wednesday and today, $31 was still on offer before continued specking saw it firm into $18.
Proper Rogue and Elderflower filled the minors in front of Wilmot Pass ($7.50-$4.40). Ms Catherine ($5.50) went around as the most popular runner while Acumen ($5) had plenty of admirers.
BETS: Ms Catherine $1,000 @ $4.80, $1,000 e/w @ $4/$1.70
BETS: Acumen $1,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80
Alfa Oro continued to be the punters pal and this time it was in the seventh event on the card from Caulfield over 1100 metres.
The Matt Laurie-trained runner went around as one of the most popular runners at the course today, holding three times as much money as Sansom ($4.40-$5.50).
Racing on the speed throughout, Ben Melham went for home at the top of the straight and the pair booted clear to score impressively over Sansom and Ruban Bleu ($7.50-$8).
Sam's Image ($8-$4.40) was easily the best tried to beat the favourite but wilted out of it after being wide throughout.
BETS: Ala Oro $5,000 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70, $1,000 @ $2.70, $1,010 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Ruban Bleu $1,000 x $1,500 @ $9/$2.50
BETS: Sam's Image $1,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Propelle $1,000 x $3,000 e/w @ $17/$3.90
Punters were sent packing here with the heavily tried favourite Harbour Views being unplaced.
The Matthew Williams-trained runner was the most popular runner in Australia today, holding approximately 75 percent of the total investment in this race and being nearly twice as popular as any other horse across the country.
Harbour Views ($1.95-$2) had opened $2.50 on Wednesday and came in for support almost immediately. That money continued today.
It was left to Mirimar ($13-$11) to overpower Sirconni ($13-$21) with Salsamor ($26) holding third in front of Harbour Views.
BETS: Harbour Views $10,000 @ $2, $7,000 @ $2, $4,000 @ $2, $3,000 @ $2, $2,500 @ $2, $2,200 @ $2, $2,110 @ $2, $2,000 @ $2 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $2, $1,400 @ $2, $7,000 @ $1.95
Morrissy ($6) was popular with TAB customers to win the last and proved best for Craig Williams.
The Team Corstens runner was the second best supported in the race, with only Sonaree ($5-$3.80) holding more.
Racing one-two throughout, Morrissy was too strong over the concluding stages for Sonaree with Sondelon ($8-$9.50) grabbing the minor end of the prize.
In an open affair, Salon Du Cheval ($7.50-$11) had consistent support all day despite being a drifter.
BETS: Morrissy $3,981 @ $6, $1,050 @ $6.50, $1,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80 TWICE
BETS: Salon Du Cheval $1,000 @ $9, 1,000 @ $7.50