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MAN VS BOOKIE

Punters cut loose over three Group 1s at Caulfield

Group 1 racing returned to Caulfield on the weekend for Melbourne's premier two-year-old classic the Blue Diamond Stakes. The Diamond has been kind to punters in recent years, and 2016 proved no different with the well backed favourite Extreme Choice claiming a huge result for backers.

Here's the wrap on the betting action at Palmerbet from all the big races over the weekend.

Caulfield

Race 6: From the opening of the market midweek, right until race start punters were only interested in star of the spring Turn Me Loose. Sharp punters took the early $3.70 about the Murray Baker trained stallion and followed it all the way into its starting price of $3.10. Big bets of $5,000 and $3,000 among many triple digit bets made him the best-backed runner. The Chris Waller trained Boban was unwanted by punters after an unlucky return in the CF Orr, drifting from $8 to $10, while there was some small specking for Hucklebuck.

Result: On a day when Winx again impressively won, her main WFA rival Turn Me Loose proved the smart money right again to get the punters off on the right foot with a huge win over the book.

Race 7: The opening market proved to be spot-on in the Blue Diamond with little movement in the price of any of the runners. Mick Price's Extreme Choice was a solid favourite and the best-supported runner in what looked a very open race. Opening at $2.70, the colt stayed solid throughout betting on the back of large bets including one $5,000 bet and two $2,000 bets. Flying Artie was also well supported through a host of smaller bets, but did not attract any major money.

Result: The result never looked in doubt for punters with Extreme Choice and Flying Artie completely dominating the race. It was another bad result for the book in what was becoming a massive day for punters.

Race 8: A full field of 17 tackled this year’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, and with most sprinting Weight for Age stars running in last week’s Lightning Stakes it was two three-year-olds who dominated betting. Opening at $4.20, filly Heatherly was crunched by punters into $3.70 by race start with big bets of $3,000 and $2,000 bringing her into favouritism over Keen Array by the start of the race. There was no real interest in any other runner including eventual winner Flamberge who drifted from $26 out to $31.

Result: The completely unwanted Flamberge saluted to help the book claw back some of its early losses. But Blue Diamond day was a huge win for punters on the back of the two previous results. 

Top 3 Most Shocking Moments

#1 Australia’s Roller Coaster Cricket Week

Australia defeated New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman Series to reclaim their number 1 test ranking. Adam Voges dominated the highlight reel while Josh Hazelwood provided some mandatory Aussie aggression. Cricket Australia also confirmed Peter Siddle would be out for a considerable amount of time due to a lower back complaint and the need to surgery on his left ankle. The up and down week left questions of “where to?” for the upcoming World T20 tilt. Hazelwood’s blast HERE.

#2 $55,000 Broadmeadows Boy upstages $50M Chinese Outfit

It was the moment kids dream of when playing junior soccer. The boy from Broadmeadows, who was playing in front of a couple of hundred spectators last season, put the first away against a formidable Shanghai SIPG in the Asian Champions League. The “Million Dollar Men” of Shanghai proved why they commanded such hefty price tags with early blasts but the Victory, with the help of debutant Ingham, proved too good on home soil winning the match 2 – 1. “(It was an) unbelievable experience coming in (for my) first game and getting a goal, especially against a team like that.” Ingham’s goal and highlights HERE.

#3 Steph Curry’s Game Clincher

Golden State jersey sales are in overdrive as the boy who keeps on giving, Steph Curry, delivered a dazzling game drainer to sink Oklahoma. We’ve seen it over and over, but it’s the ease of his half-court shots that we just can’t ignore. Returning from a frightening ankle sprain earlier in the match, Curry put up 46 points to see off Oklahoma including the deathblow 3-pointer from near half-court. The commentator sums in up perfectly in one word, “Bang!” Reply and highlights HERE.  

PUNTER OF THE WEEK

Racing Multi

$50 into $6,743

Leg Race Horse Price
1 Caulfield Race 5 No. 8 Bow Creek $5.00
2 Randwick Race 6 No. 3 Solicit $2.00
3 Caulfield Race 6 No. 3 Turn Me Loose $3.70
4 Randwick Race 7 No. 11 Winx $1.35
5 Caulfield Race 7 No. 1 Extreme Choice $2.70

Our punter of the week filled-up on the favourites on Saturday’s racing.

It was Bow Creek ($5.00) who got this punter off to a winning start in Caulfield Race 5. Drawn in barrier nine, Bow Creek missed the start but found its feet and settled down in 10th spot in the 13-runner field. Jockey Damien Oliver sat and suffered on the fence waiting for the run, and his patience was rewarded as the gaps came Bow Creek had more than enough pace to respond to his rider's urging and slip clear of the field.

$2.00 favourite Solicit was the next to produce the goods in the Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Solicit led as expected and had plenty in the tank and raced to a one-length win over the fast-finishing Zanbagh.

The punters 3rd leg was on Turn Me Loose ($3.70) in G1 Futurity Stakes. Caught wide in the early stages of the weight-for-age race, Jockey Opie Bosson was able to give the favourite some cover in third spot before easing out to mount and edge clear. 3 legs down 2 to go!

This savvy punter then took the red hot Winx ($1.35) to win the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. It was never in doubt as Winx stretched her winning sequence to 7 and added another Group One triumph to a growing list of achievements.

Starting favourite at $2.70, Extreme Choice was this punters final leg. Forced to cover ground late but he went to lead under a tight grip before striding clear over Flying Artie who was carted deep on the home turn.

The favourites filled-up and so did our punter of the week! Congrats.