TAB betting report for Hawkesbury and Caulfield on April 29.


TAB betting report for Hawkesbury and Caulfield on April 29.


RACE 1: The swoopers dominated. Great Glen, much to the delight of favourite backers, came with a well-timed finish to narrowly hold off Mortar Platoon ($5.50). Great Glen open the day at $3.50 but firmed into $2.70 off the back of several big bets. Last Try Wins ($13-$17-$15), which was near last most of the way, cut the corner and made up good ground for third. While Great Glen began favourite, Lookin At You ($3.30) went out as the most popular horse in terms of money taken but after leading wilted in the run to the judge.

BETS: Great Glen $1,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES

RACE 2: Favourite backers were floored when Serena Bay was rolled as a heavily supported commodity. Although getting out to $2.30 after being odds-on, Serena Bay commanded 75 percent of all bets on the race but after leading couldn't sustain it and dropped out. Go Daddy Go ($11-$18) was largely ignored but finished to beat Fifth Affair, which trailed the leader, and Charlie Chap in a tight go. Icon Of Dubai, which was $4-$3.10 today and best backed to beat the fav, was just behind them in fourth spot.

BETS: Serena Bay $5,000 @ $1.95, $5,000 @ $2, $4,500 @ $2

RACE 3: Wanna Get A What ($5-$4.60) had backing to suggest it would be winning and that's exactly what happened. Punters were happy enough to take as little as $4 at one stage in the afternoon but he was as much as $7 on Wednesday. The gelding held off the fast-finishing Ruthless Agent ($4.40-$3-$3.50) which carried the lion's share of investments. Major Sharpe ($21-$14-$16) grabbed the minor end of the prize.

BETS: Ruthless Agent $3,000 @ $3

RACE 4: Felines represented a six-figure payout for the TAB. Always well supported whenever it goes around, Felines was $4.60 to $4.20 in the final stages of betting and won a good finish over the leader That's A Good Idea ($5.50-$10). Palazzo Pubblico ($10) was close up in third. The Kris Lees-trained winner was responsible for nearly a third of all bets on the race.

BETS: Felines $1,500 @ $4.20

RACE 5: Lanciato ($7-$5.50) was one of the main movers in betting but left it late before taking out the fifth event. Coming from near last on the home turn, jockey Tommy Berry timed his run to perfection to knock off Liapari ($5.50-$8) who came with the winner but couldn't overhaul it. Il Mio Destino ($18-$15), a $51 chance on Wednesday, ran along and nearly stole the show but was swamped in the shadows of the post by the first two. Better Not Blue ($8), Invinzabeel ($11) and Astara ($5.50-$4.80) were the three most popular runners.

BETS: Better Not Blue $3,000 @ $8

RACE 6: Shillelagh ($14-$11) upset the apple cart when it came sailing down the outside of the track to win the Godolphin Crown. Attracting some good each-way money, it still held a tenth of the money that Artistry ($4-$3.40) did while it was only a third of investments being carried by race favourite Daysee Doom. Daysee Doom sat outside Sweet Redemption and then hit the front turning for home but couldn't hold off Shillelagh at the finish. Punters came hard for Daysee Doom and back her from $4.60 into $2.60. Kinsachi ($14-$16) was third while Artistry had no luck at all and wasn't beaten far away.

BETS: Artistry $3,000 @ $3.50; Daysee Doom $3,000 @ $2.60

RACE 7: The unfancied Shazee Lee ($23-$61) destroyed most Quaddie tickets after winning the Hawkesbury Guineas. Holding the least amount of money than any runner in the race, Shazee Lee finished off powerfully six and seven deep to beat Prompt Response and Salsonic. Prompt Response was the big mover in betting as it was as much a $6.50 yesterday but started $3. Punters chose to focus on two horses in particular - Spright ($4.80) and Calanda ($4). Between them they held nearly 60 percent of all bets in the Guineas.

BETS: Spright $2,000 @ $5, $3,750 @ $4.80; Calanda $1,500 @ $3.90

RACE 8: Fabrizio was a constant drifter but that didn’t stop him from leading throughout to take out the Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Ridden perfectly by jockey Jason Collett, Fabrizio was $7 out to as much as $10 before jumping a $9.50 chance. Holding all his rivals at bay, the Waterhouse and Bott-trained runner knocked off Moher ($10-$9.50) which stalked it throughout and the fast-finishing Testashadow ($26-$18-$23). Just behind them was the popular runner Spectroscope ($5-$4). The John O’Shea-trained runner was responsible for nearly a third of all bets on the Cup and was three times as popular as the winner.

BETS: Spectroscope $10,000 @ $1.85 place, $3,520 @ $4.20; Fabrizio $2,000 @ $11


RACE 1: He Ekscels landed a nice move to take out the first. Sitting in behind the leading pair of Judelly and Fomo, jockey Dwayne Dunn got the split at the top of the straight and the son of Ekraar sprinted hard to put them away quickly. He Ekscels was $34 earlier in the week and $26 was still available on Friday. He bottomed out at $7.50 just prior to the jump and began at $9. Red Right Hand ($26-$14) ran right up to the money for it to finish second while noted drifter Soju Warrior ($3-$5.50) was third. Judelly ($3.20) and Winklemann ($13-$10-$5.50-$7) were the two most popular horses money-wise, responsible for 60 percent of the total investment.

BETS: Judelly $2,000 @ $3.80; He Ekscels $1,000 @ 21 (taken Friday), $1,600 @ $10, $1,000 @ $10

RACE 2: Odeon ($4.60) defied a betting drift to get the money and book his ticket to the South Australian Derby. The Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained runner opened $3.30 on Wednesday and was given a good run in transit (midfield) by Katelyn Mallyon. Working up six-wide rounding the home turn the son of Zacinto unleashed a powerful burst to win running away. Hursley ($6), the most popular runner in terms of money held, got a gap on straightening after racing behind the leaders and was strong to line in finishing second. Overberg ($13-$7-$8) was tried at eachway odds and ran a bottler after sitting wide the entire trip. Of the unplaced runners, Anaheim also had its share of admirers but jumped at $6 after bottoming out at $4.80.

BETS: Odeon $1,000 @ $4.40

RACE 3: Favourite backers didn't have any cause for concern as Mr Sneaky landed several big blows with TAB. Backed from $2.50 into $2.15, Mr Sneaky was responsible for 67 percent of the market. Settling three-back the inside and niggled at approaching the home turn, the son of High Chaparral found clear running three-wide on straightening and put paid to his rivals quickly.

Wind Force ($13) led until the final stages and held second while the fast-finishing Dane Thunder ($10) was third.

BETS: Mr Sneaky $6,000 @ $2.20, $3,500 @ $2.50

RACE 4: Snitty Kitty was $4.60 into $3.40 and the strong move paid dividends. Powering away from her rivals over the concluding stages, Snitty Kitty easily accounted for If Not Now When ($31) and Merriest ($4.40-$4.80-$4.20). The Henry Dwyer-trained runner held 30 percent of the money but wasn't the most popular with TAB customers. That honour went to Moonlites Choice ($3.20-$3.60) who had 44 percent of the total hold.

BETS: Snitty Kitty $2,000 @ $3.50

RACE 5: Kobayashi ($5.50-$8) defied a betting drift to lead throughout much to the dismay of most TAB customers. Relatively unwanted as most of the money in the race, nearly three-quarters of it in fact, sat with the favourite Doubt Im Dreaming, jockey Ben Thompson dictated terms to perfection out in front. The hot favourite Doubt Im Dreaming, which was backed from $1.60 into as low as $1.50 before starting at $1.60, had every opportunity to run down the leader but only plodded and ran third. Al Passem ($16-$13), which sat outside Kobayashi all the way, battled on to split first and third.

BETS: Doubt Im Dreaming $5,000 @ $1.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $1.50, $4,000 @ $1.70

RACE 6: Wise Hero landed some big bets here. Hovering around the $4-$4.20 mark throughout betting, Wise Hero was given a good run just off the speed by Dwayne Dunn. Unleashing rounding the home turn, Wise Hero was too good for Bord De Gain ($7-$12-$19) which blew in betting and Katsuro ($13-$10). Widgee Turf jumped favourite after firming from $4.20-$3.80 but after getting shuffled well back, only got going late to finish just behind the placegetters.

BETS: Wise Hero $10,000 @ $4

RACE 7: The move for Grey Street proved to be the right one as she flashed home to turn the tables on Miss Vista. Opening the day at $4.20, punters were in the corner of the John McArdle-trained runner who jumped at $3.50. Coming across heels turning for home, Grey Street swept down the centre of the track to overhaul the leader Miss Vista ($2.50) with Belsapphire ($26) close up in third. Grey Street was the most popular runner in the event and held slightly more than the favourite.

BETS: Grey Street $5,500 @ $3.80

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