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18/3/2006 edition

Roman Arch $61.10
Australian Cup Winner

So another Australian Cup meeting has come and gone. In addition to the one million dollars Group 1 Weight for Age Australian Cup, the one million dollars Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200 metres and the $750,000 3YO Group 1 Australian Guineas over 1600 metres were the other main betting attractions for the day.

Your average punter, encouraged to be part of the action, bet up and got wiped out.

Lad Of The Manor was heavily backed from $2.80 to start at $2.40 in the Australian Cup. He finished fifth of the 12 runners. Second favourite Our Smoking Joe, $4.40, finished third.

In the Australian Guineas, God's Own started at $1.85. He finished fifth of the nine runners. The race was won by Apache Cat, $8.00, who was fourth in the betting.

The $4.20 Newmarket favourite, Rewaaya, finished ninth of 14. Second favourite, Glamour Puss finished equal fourth. The race was won by Takeover Target, $5.50, who was third in the betting.

How did other favourites go?

Swinging Bachelor, $3.60 - 4/7

Byway, $1.85 - 1/11. Wow. Now how generous was that? Second favourite, Shadoways, $6.50, finished fifth.

Satin Robes, $3.70 - 2/7. Second favourite, Follow The Till, $4.40, finished fifth.

Activation, $4.20 - 4/14. Second favourite, Cocinero, $6.50, finished eleventh.

Maxerelle, $6.50 - 4/15. Second favourite, Hollow Bullet, $8.00, finished ninth.

Botero, $3.60 - 8/11. This 5YO gelding, with just seven wins from 38 starts, was plunged from $4.60 by punters desperate to get out for the day. They should never have got in! In this race at least the second favourite, Hassle, $6.00, won.

With numerous casual punters also betting all day so as to be part of the action you can bet your bottom dollar the most popular horses will be significantly under the odds and offer very poor value in relation to their winning chances.

If you must bet on these big race days it pays to think outside the square. Take on the favourites, no matter what good things they appear to be. Remember - there are plenty of other horses apart from the obvious favourites that have also been set to win races that day!

This edition of Punt to Win:
Roman Arch, $61.10 Australian Cup winner
The best horse racing tipping service on the internet
Get those betting odds
Horse Watch betting system - future winners
Betting favourites in small fields
Best odds for well bet winners - bookmaker or tote?
Betting tips from the track: Warwick Farm and Flemington
Racing results for horses carrying a weight handicap of 59kg.
Future winners - unlucky horses
Punt to Win 11/3/2006
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Get these prices? Or these prices!! Extra Profit $10 bet
Coronga 10.80 13.70 $29
Funlove 8.40 11.20 $28
All Bar One 15.20 17.50 $23
Segments 7.40 9.50 $21
Testafiable 6.20 8.30 $21
Freeroller 10.10 12.10 $20
Glamour Puss 9.00 10.60 $16


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