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Betfair Hub Washup: Imperatriz Makes It 9!

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With all the great opportunities on the Betfair Exchange comes incredible data. The team at Betfair provides a Washup of all the key racing results across the day including biggest Betfair Starting Price winners, Bad Beats, In-play Longshots and more.

Jockey : OPIE BOSSON after winning the Darley Champions Sprint at Flemington in Australia.
Jockey : OPIE BOSSON after winning the Darley Champions Sprint at Flemington in Australia. Picture: Steve Hart

STAKES DAY AT FLEMINGTON

A fantastic four days of racing at Flemington concluded with a triple Group 1 treat on Stakes Day.

The winners produced a surprise, plenty of talking points and a superstar' underlined her class emphatically down the straight.

The Spring Carnival will rightly be remembered for the exploits of Without A Fight, but the mighty mare Imperatriz is up on the podium, with three consecutive Group 1s for the carnival, the William Reid and Manikato at the Valley and the Champions Stakes at Flemington.

The New Zealander boldly fought off a number of challenges down the grandstand side of the Flemington track to record a ninth career Group 1 and eight wins from her last nine starts.

Pride of Jenni was the stunner of the carnival, bookending Flemington with Group 1 wins on Derby Day in the Empire Rose and the Champions Mile on Stakes Day.

Pride Of Jenni skipped out to a lead and held off charges from the "big three" of Mr Brightside, Fangirl and Alligator Blood.

Two group 1s by the same horse in the same Flemington Carnival is exceedingly rare, especially when both come in double figures.

Atishu added the customary Waller/J.Mac touch to the card by winning the Champions Stakes with Atishu.

In Sydney it was Roots who won the Group 2 Hot Danish impressively with Shangri La Express claiming the Golden Gift.

We'll wrap the day across the land with the big results and the bad beats.

Wait until you seem some of the stories below as well!

IMPERATRIZ winning the Darley Champions Sprint
IMPERATRIZ winning the Darley Champions Sprint Picture: Colin Bull / Sportpix
BEST BACKED WINNERS

Imperatriz became the first horse this year to be matched for in excess of a million dollars twice.

It was the fifth time it happened this carnival, with two of them today (Imperatriz and Schwarz), as well as Imperatriz again in the Manikato, and two separate runners in the Melbourne Cup (Vauban and Gold Trip).

Imperatriz (pictured) was matched for just under $1.2 million in the Champions Sprint and gallantly held off Buenos Noches to record the victory.

We mentioned Schwarz here as well who was matched for more than a million dollars as favourite in the Amanda Elliott.

Despite favourites winning just three of the first 29 races at the Flemington carnival Schwarz was able to dominate and win impressively.

Atishu also attracted a bit of attention late in the lead up to the Champions Stakes.

Shangri La Express was easily the best backed runner in Sydney on the way to winning the Golden Gift.

SHANGRI LA EXPRESS winning the INGLIS GOLDEN GIFT at Rosehill in Australia.
SHANGRI LA EXPRESS winning the INGLIS GOLDEN GIFT at Rosehill in Australia. Picture: Steve Hart

FIRMERS AND DRIFTERS

They struggled to get the firms and drifts to fall the right way in Sydney.

Eagle Nest drifted from $2.36 out to $4.30 in Race 3 at Rosehill but won anyway.

Dollar Magic firmed from $9 into $5 before running second in that same event.

In the next race Monte Outlander firmed from $5.80 into $3.65 but ran unplaced.

In the Group 2 Hot Danish it happened again with the talented Roots drifting from $2.80 out to $3.90 before winning anyway.

They did get it right with Shangri La Express though (pictured), who was backed from $2.54 into $2.04 before winning the Golden Gift.

Delcredere was a successful firm in Race 3 at Morphettville, from $2.42 into $1.76 before winning.

In Race 5 in Adelaide the drift was unsuccessful with Ammo Amor easing from $1.89 out to $2.34 before winning.

At Flemington, the biggest drift of the day came in the very last when strong favourite Kin eased from $3.60 out to $5.30, was Bella's Lay of the Yard and ran unplaced.

In Race 5 Deny Knowledge was very well supported leading into the event before claiming it.

BAD BEATS AND IN-PLAY BOLTERS

This will take some beating…

In a number of categories, and it will most certainly get another mention soon.

In Race 6 at Morphettville, Left Turn Clyde jumped with a BSP of a whopping $229.68…

But it didn't end there. The runner would be matched at $609.02 in-play before stunning the crowd (and everyone else).

In Race 5 at Rosehill, Flying Destiny  got into $1.26 in the run before getting beaten by Shadows of Love.

In the AFL W, Adelaide lost to Brisbane by two points for the second time in four weeks, but traded $1.11 in-play this time around.

In the NBA we had the Phoenix Suns go down to the Lakers from $1.16 in-play, with nearly $2000 matched at less than $1.20.

PRIDE OF JENNI winning the Kennedy Champions Mile
PRIDE OF JENNI winning the Kennedy Champions Mile Picture: Colin Bull / Sportpix

RICE ADVANTAGE

Left Turn Clyde who we mentioned above will again take some betting…

His win at $229.68 dwarfed the Best Tote of $62.70 by a staggering 266.3%!
For a $10 outlay it's an extra $1670 in the pocket!

At Flemington, the day started well with Watadeel winning at 17.5% better in the first. General Beau was 14% better in the second.

Muramasa was 15% better in Race 4, Deny Knowledge was still 17% better despite a firm in Race 5, but it was the last three races of the day that proved the most profitable.

Pride of Jenni's upset win (pictured) in Race 7 was 29.8% better, whilst Atishu was 30.6% better in the Champions Stakes.

The day finished with Rey Magnerio winning at 37.8% better in the last.

All in all there was a price advantage on every single race at Flemington.

At Rosehill Rise To It won at 23.1% better in the first, Speycaster was 14% better in the second and Eagle Nest (thanks in part to a big drift) was an impressive 33.2% better.

Even Shangri La Express was 27.4% better in victory.

We will mention Greyhounds here as well with the Group 1 feature at the Meadows drawing a terrific advantage.

Ritza Piper got up with a BSP of $34.10, which dwarfed the Best Tote price of $21.30!


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