SATURDAY BETTING REPORT
TAB betting report from February 4.
TAB held a special promotion today to coincide with Chinese New Year, where every runner at Randwick had an ‘8’ featuring on the end of their price.
Montauk ($3.48) defied a huge betting drift to hit the line hard over the concluding stages and get the cash.
Despite getting the blows after bottoming out at $2.68, Montauk was still the most popular horse in terms of money taken.
The late betting move was for Vassal who halved its quote from the morning to start at $3.88 while Shalmaneser had its admirers too.
BETS: Montauk $4,000 @ $2.98; Shalmaneser $2,000 @ $5.08
Veranillo was well supported right throughout the week and landed the money at $3.28.
Bottoming out $2.68, the Godolphin-trained runner was still the second best backed runner behind Eden Roc ($3.98) who firmed up late in betting.
Exceeds ($4.48) had good money for it and ran home strongly to finish second.
Cuba ($11.08-$6.08) had late specking and after looking a winning chance down the straight actually failed to run a place.
Eden Roc, the most popular runner in terms of money taken, led but weakened in the run home.
BETS: Veranillo $1,000 @ $3.38, $1,000 @ $3.28
Religify ($3.18) ran his rivals into the ground after leading all the way with Blaike McDougall on board.
Most of the late money came for the Chris Waller-trained runner as well as stablemate Strawberry Boy ($3.98) and Gold Symphony ($4.08-$3.78).
Religify held slightly less than the most popular horse in the race (Strawberry Boy) with the pair holding just over half of the total investment.
BETS: Gold Symphony $2,000 @ $3.78; Religify $1,000 @ $3.08
Dal Cielo ($2.38) proved to be a horror result for TAB as it was one of the best backed runners in Australia all day.
Holding 60 percent of the total investment, Dal Cielo raced in the second half of the field and a little wide but when jockey Glyn Schofield asked him for an effort down the straight he hit the line hard to beat Denmagic ($7.08).
Aegean Sea ($6.08) had good money come for it but wilted after leading while His Majesty ($9.08) saw some eachway money come for it.
BETS: Dal Cielo $3,000 @ $2.38, $2,000 @ $2.48
I Told Georgie ($15) had some sprinkling of support in causing an upset in the TAB Highway.
Rattling home from near the rear of the field, I Told Georgie finished too strong for Lelu ($7.08-$6.08) who came with it.
Clipper ($4.48), which raced on the speed, hit the front and looked the winner before being swamped by the other two.
Super Star Bob was smashed in betting and backed from $3.88 in the morning to jump at $3.28. Such was the weight of support for the Matty Dale-trained galloper that he held more than double that of his nearest rival (Clipper).
Between those two horses they held nearly 62 percent of all Win bets on the race.
BETS: Lelu $2,000 e/w @ $7.08/$2.35; Super Star Bob $1,800 @ $3.88
Man From Uncle ($14.88) caused quite an upset in the first leg of the Quaddie at Randwick.
Flashing home down the outside of the track, Man From Uncle knocked off Guard Of Honour ($4.88) and Generalissimo ($17.88).
Spending To Win, which led, had its fair share of admirers and was a significant firmer $4.48 into $3.78 but could only manage fourth after leading.
Most of the late money was for Bryneich which smashed into $3.58.
BETS: Spending To win $4,000 @ $3.98; Bryneich $2,000 @ $3.78
In Her Time ($9-$15.88) upset the apple cart in the feature event on the card as it held off the heavily supported Egyptian Symbol ($4.08).
Danish Twist ($4.28), which raced near the rear of the field, was the most popular runner in terms of money taken in front of Egyptian Symbol but couldn't quicken sufficiently to run down the placegetters.
In the widest betting affair of the day it seemed as though every runner, bar Magnajoy ($108), had good backing.
BETS: Danish Twist $2,000 @ $3.88; Egyptian Symbol $4,000 @ $4.68
Liapari ($5.08) landed some good bets in winning the eighth after a tight finish.
The second most popular runner in terms of money taken, Liapari held just under a fifth of the money on the race.
Imanui, which flashed home late, was the $4.48 favourite and held nearly double the amount of money than the winner did. Classic Uniform, which led, was solid in the market all day and started $6.88 and held third.
BETS: Imanui $4,000 @ $4.48; Invincible Knight $5,000 x $2,000 @ $15.88/$4.20
The heavily tried Deploy ($3.68) landed some big bets in the final event on the program.
Leading throughout for jockey James Innes Jnr, Deploy held off Got Unders ($19.88) and Tower Of Song ($11.88-$9.88-$10.88).
Deploy held 37 percent of all bets on the race while Veladero ($6.88-$11.88) was a drifter but was still best supported of the others.
Nikitas ($7.08) was solid in the market but never featured while Roaring To Win attracted big money late.
BETS: Deploy $3,000 @ $3.68; Roaring To Win $2,000 x $2,000 @ $7.88/$2.55
Hot Ruby ($5.50-$5) was very solid in betting and landed somewhat of an upset in the first after racing on the speed throughout.
Most punters were with Zasorceress who was smashed ever since the market opened on Wednesday.
With $2.60 on offer at that point it was backed into as low as $2.25 today, however, drifted right out in the final stages to start $3.20.
After racing back in the field, the Darren Weir-trained runner ran on down the centre of the track but couldn't make any significant ground.
BETS: Zasorceress $5,000 @ $3
Goodwill gave champion jockey Darren Gauci a winner on his final day of race riding after sitting outside the leader and gripping on in a tight finish after backing for the horse at the $16.
Goodwill was the third best tried runner in the race behind Hursley and Dodging Bullets.
Hursley, the heavily backed favourite, drifted from a rock bottom price of $1.90 out to $2.50 but still held 65 percent of the total investment.
Dodging Bullets was $4.50-$4.40 and led but couldn't hold off the winner while Post Dfrance ($10-$6.50) was specked and was close up in third in a tight finish.
BETS: Post Dfrance $2,000 @ $7.50
Punters were cheering after Chance To Dance led throughout to win the third.
Trained by Robert Hickmott, who grabbed a running double thanks to Goodwill earlier, he was $3 into $2.90 late but more importantly was responsible for 50 percent of all bets on the race.
Kicking strongly in the race he just held out Big Memory ($7.50) which worked hard outside the leader.
BETS: Chance To Dance $2,000 @ $3 multiple times.
Jukebox landed some big bets after racing away to an impressive win.
Smashed late and starting at $2.60, Jukebox raced behind the well supported Perast ($3.50-$2.80) who hung around the final bend and gifted the winner a rails run.
Coppergate, which also raced close to the inside, was solid at $9.50 in betting and ran on strongly and split the abovementioned pair.
Between Jukebox and Perast they dominated the market with a 71 percent hold.
BETS: Jukebox $5,000 @ $2.40; Perast $4,000 @ $3
Formality, the best tried runner all week at Caulfield, landed some serious bets in winning the Chairman's Stakes.
Leading for in-form jockey Craig Williams, Formality was backed into $2.45 after $4 was on offer earlier in the week.
Despite being pressured by Spoils ($5.50) it had plenty in reserve to score.
Time Awaits ($5-$11) drifted badly but split Formality and Spoils at the finish.
Aspect, who jumped at $6, didn't attract any money earlier in the week as it drifted from $4 but was still the second best backed runner in the event.
BETS: Formality $2,000 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.45 multiple times
Glenrowan Prince ($11) caused an upset in the first leg of the Quaddie.
Relatively unwanted in betting, the Kym Hann-trained runner kept fighting in the straight to hold off Kievann ($11-$19) and Turbo Miss ($7-$13).
Chiavari ($10-$5) was smashed throughout the day and halved its opening quote this morning but after racing near the rear of the field and coming wide, couldn't make up sufficient ground and was fourth.
Of the others Danuki ($6) attracted big money and was actually the most popular runner in terms of money taken.
BETS: Danuki $3,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $6/$2.17; Cool Snitzel $1,000 @ $5
Legless Veuve ($14-$17) didn't have a great deal of backing but still managed to sit outside the leader and win.
Into Orbit, backed late from $8.50-$7.50, led but couldn't hold off the filly while Hey Doc ($5-$4.60) was third just in front of the well tried Derryn ($5-$4-$4.20) who sat behind the speed but couldn't finish off.
Mortons Fork ($5) was easily the most popular runner in terms of money held with more than double the investment of his nearest rival (Hey Doc). Money on Mortons Fork accounted for 33 percent of bets.
BETS: Mortons Fork $2,890 @ $5
Faatinah proved to be a costly conveyance to punters.
Smashed in betting from $2.60 in the morning to $2.10, the Hayes & Dabernig-trained runner held nearly 70 percent of all monies on the race.
Forced to sit three-wide throughout and having to carry 60kgs, it proved too much as Thermal Current ($7) burst through the field on the inside to score.
Shakespearean Lass ($15-$9) was specked all day and after leading almost stole the show but ultimately ran second.
BETS: Faatinah $5,000 @ $2.60; Thermal Current $1,000 e/w @ $7/$2.20
Duke Of Brunswick ($2.60-$2.50) helped punters round out the day in style by scoring a dominant win.
Holding 50 percent of all bets on the race, Damien Oliver produced the gelding at the top of the straight and despite Smart Dart ($7.50) showing some resistance, went on to win untroubled.
Longeron ($8-$11), not surprisingly, was the best supported outside the favourite after carrying plenty of sentimental money for Darren Gauci's final ride. Unfortunately for all concerned the horse couldn't deliver after racing on the speed for most of the journey.
BETS: Duke Of Brunswick $8,000 @ $2.50