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24/10/2003 edition

Betting Favourites
Small Fields

There has been quite a lot of discussion in the forum about favourites in small fields. So we thought we'd start monitoring them on a regular basis. We'll concentrate on Saturday races in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide where the field size has seven or fewer runners.

When a favourite is beaten we will also provide details of the winner. If there are trends they will be identified. For example if a stable has two runners in the small field does the horse at longer odds win more often than it should? Do some jockeys lose more often than they should on the favourites? Do some stables have a poor strike rate on favourites in small fields? And so on.

The results should prove quite interesting.

Here are the results from Saturday, October 18.

Randwick: Track Good
R2 $50,000 3YO. Sc1ly. Handicap.
Distance: 1200 metres
Number of runners: seven
Favourite: Dance With Deb
Result: first
Winning/losing margin: 2 lengths
Starting price: $2.25
Top fluctation: $2.70
Tote dividends' range: $2.10 - $2.40
Jockey: Larry Cassidy
Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Cheltenham: Track Good
R1 $20,000 Mares. Rs1mw. Handicap.
Distance: 1450 metres
Number of runners: seven
Favourite: Ruby Jest
Result: first
Winning/losing margin: neck
Starting price: $2.50
Top fluctation: $2.50
Tote dividends' range: $2.10 - $2.40
Jockey: David Tootell
Trainer: Ken Sweeney

R2 $20,000 2YO. Open. Set weights with penalties. Handicap.
Distance: 1000 metres
Number of runners: seven
Favourite: Wyndam Power
Result: third
Winning/losing margin: 2.6 lengths
Starting price: $1.40
Top fluctation: $1.40
Jockey: Paul Gatt
Trainer: Tony McEvoy
Winner: Yossarian
Winning/losing margin: 2.5 lengths
Starting price: $8.00
Top fluctation: $8.00
Tote dividends' range: $4.50 - $5.40
Jockey: Paul Marks
Trainer: Roslyn Day

This edition of Punt to Win:
Caulfield Cup Day/Melbourne Cup betting tips
Gai Waterhouse and Caulfield Cup Day
Betting tips and gambling strategy
Spring Carnival horses - good runs, good betting odds
Betting favourites in small fields
Money talks - Randwick, Caulfield betting tips from the track
Handicapping tips - weight and class
Future winners - unlucky horses
Punt to Win 17/10/2003
Punt to Win index

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