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.
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.