The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) Atlanta Braves – Straight
Atlanta Braves @ San Diego Padres (12:10 PM AEST)
These two pitchers faced each other less than five days ago, and the Braves ran away easy 8-3 winners. Eric Stults is coming off three straight losses – his only win in his last 10 starts was against the struggling Giants. Can’t see why the big bats in Atlanta can’t do the job again.
2) Sabor A Triunfo
Rosehill Race 3 (1:05 PM AEST)
A Group One winner in Chile, this imported staying mare proved her quality last start coming from the tail to round up her rivals impressively. Tipping she improves again third-up. Ole, ole, ole.
3) Jessy Belle
Moonee Valley Race 9 (5:00 PM AEST)
4 starts for 2 wins and a third at the track. 1 Start for 1 Win at the trip. Just pipped at the line last start after a strong win at Caufield two weeks prior – looks ready to continue her good form here.
4) North Queensland Cowboys -10.5
North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans (5:30 PM AEST)
The Cowboys will have smiles on their faces when they finally return home to 1300 Smiles Stadium. They haven’t played at the venue since Round 16, where they defeated the Rabbitohs 20-18. After two wins on the trot in Sydney, the Cowboys will be full of confidence & primed to put on a show in front of their home fans against the injury-depleted Titans.
5) Geelong 1-39
North Melbourne vs Geelong (7:40 PM AEST)
North has made a habit of sticking with teams as the outsiders but falling away when the game is in the balance. Compare that to the Cats who are the close game champions – as shown by their grinding win against GWS last week. Geelong to win a close one.
6) Crusaders 1-12
Waratahs vs Crusaders (7:40pm AEST)
Will the Waratahs fairy tale continue? Unfortunately we think it ends on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium. The Waratahs have not beaten the Crusaders since 2004 and we expect experience and the boot of Daniel Carter to get the boys from across the Tasman home in a nail biter.
As excitement builds ahead of the opening episode of Network Ten’s 2014 series of The Bachelor tomorrow night, there’s increasing debate across the country as to who will win Blake’s heart.
Online bookie Sportingbet.com.au has framed a market and installed two 30-year-old Victorians as its equal favourites to find love with the Perth heartthrob. Dog groomer Anita and model Laurina are at the top of Sportingbet’s market at odds of $5, ahead of Diana ($7) and Louise ($8).
“Blake has a bevy of beauties to choose from and to be honest, we have no idea of knowing if we have this market right, but our romantic punters will soon share their thoughts with us,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“Anita is portrayed as last year’s Ali in the preview, so if that form stacks up, Anita could be one of final few contenders.”
“Laurina shares favouritism in our market after a survey of all the girls in the Sportingbet office overwhelmingly revealed that she is the one to beat.”
Diana and Louise are the only other two under double figures in Sportingbet’s market after both appeared to make positive impressions in early advertisements for the popular show.
Thoughts from the Trading Floor
The Sportingbet Trading Floor was abuzz with excitement when the job of framing the 2014 Bachelor field came up. So the team did the form and below are some of their comments on the runners at the top of the market:
ANITA $5: A strong, 30-year-old filly. Has put love on the backburner of recent and we think the spell has done wonders for her.
LAURINA $5: Bolted on debut and the traders loved that. This one is all potential.
DIANA $7: 28 year-old IT Student. Strong between the ears, a real racer.
LOUISE $8: A stunning 26-year-old champion out of Jindabyne. After dominating the cold, bush tracks, she’s ready for her first shot in town.
SAM F $10: One of six siblings, this blonde 25-year-old filly has the impeccable bloodlines to hang with this tough field.
TIARNAR $12: After holding down the Newcastle circuit as her own, the pride of the Hunter region is ready to show what she’s got.
STACEY LOUISE $13: At 33 she provides the experience in the field, but she’s produced a treat this campaign and looks set to give these younger runners a bit of competition.
LISA $15: The Sunshine Coast is her home track and her ideal upbringing has her primed for her best campaign yet at 27.
BRIDGETTE-ROSE $17: A talented swimmer in her youth, this runner loves the wet and if there are storms on the horizon, we expect to dial her right in.
ALL OTHER RUNNERS $21+
For Sportingbet’s full market for the The Bachelor click HERE
Friday racing comes to you from Geelong and so does the Sportingbet Daily Racing Refund.
Race 6 at Geelong is our nominated race. If your horse finishes within a length of the winner, it’s money back up to $100!
Word from the traders: Track specialist Cross Of Gold deserves to be favourite after winning last start. Songspur will get the run of the race from barrier 1 and looks the danger to the favourite. Infinite Energy will appreciate the firmer track and could be the blowout
Race 6 Geelong. Market HERE
The Darren Weir trained Giddyup Kirky was too good at Warracknabeal yesterday and unfortunately for Sportingbet punters our Daily Racing Refund didn’t go off.
It’s time to get back on the horse so to speak as the Sportingbet Daily Racing Refund is on again! Today’s nominated race is Race 6 at Caulfield with the Darren Weir trained Catherine Louise right in the mix.
Word from the traders: Catherine Louise is the early favourite at $4.20 for in-form trainer Darren Weir. This looks a tough race for it 1st up against the likes of Maroon Bay and Judicial Rock. Pindari Pearl has been the best backed this morning, $10 into $7.50.
So according to the Sportingbet traders it looks an open race which could work in favour of the punters. Remember if your horse finishes within a length of the winner in Race 6 at Caulfield, it will be money back up to $100!
Will it be another winner for the Weir & Rawiller combination?
Race 6 Caulfield market HERE
You would be mad to back against the Darren Weir stable at the moment, it is absolutely flying!
It just so happens that the Sportingbet Daily Racing Refund Race is Race 8 at Warracknabeal, where the Weir trained Giddyup Kirky is the favourite. So if you back a horse in the race and it doesn’t salute but gets within a length of the winner, we’ll give you your cash back up to $100!
Word from the traders: Giddyup Kirky has attracted early support shortening from its opening odds of 3.40 into 2.6 favourite.
For the Race 8 Warracknabeal market CLICK HERE
Saturday’s feature race at Rosehill will be the 1400m Myer Fashion Winter Stakes. We’ve got the latest race preview, straight from the Sportingbet Racing Room:
Punters are finding it difficult to split the two favourites in 2. Scream Machine, who has been $3.50 into $3.30, and 4. Generalife, who has been $3.20 out to $3.30. Both horses have won their past two starts and there is little interest in any other runner outside these two.
The best news for punters is that the 2014 Winter Stakes is Sportingbet’s Racing Refund Race of the Day. So if you back a horse in the race and it doesn’t salute but gets within a length of the winner, we’ll give you your cash back up to $100.00!
Checkout all the latest Winter Stakes markets HERE.
Winter Stakes (Betting order)
Scream Machine $3.30
Romantic Moon $7.00
Tougher Than Ever $10.00
The Peak $13.00
Hidden Kisses $13.00
Today’s 7th race at Grafton, is the 2350m Grafton Cup. Check out our Race Preview, straight from the Sportingbet Trading Floor:
Scratchings have decimated this year’s Grafton Cup and Gai Waterhouse is the trainer to beat with Queenstown the dominant $2.75 favourite. Stablemate Travolta $7 has been racing in stronger company last campaign and should be right in the finish.
The Grafton Cup, is Sportingbet’s Racing Refund Race of the Day, with Sportingbet refunding bets if your horse finishes within a length of the Winner!
Check out all the latest Grafton Cup Markets HERE and remember, there’s no better bet than a Sportingbet.
Grafton Cup (Betting order)
Travolta, Hoylonny $7
Pretty Pins $8.50
Noisy Ocean $14
Sportingbet.com.au punters who backed Gary Ablett to win the 2014 Brownlow Medal have a reason to smile once again, with the leading online bookie set to credit their accounts with a bonus bet.
While Ablett remains in contention to win his third Brownlow Medal and all bets on him stay alive, the former favourite’s odds have drifted from $1.50 to $6 at Sportingbet. Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury is the new $3.25 favourite.
Every punter who has backed Ablett in Sportingbet’s Brownlow Medal outright winner market will receive either a $25 bonus bet or a $50 bonus bet.
See Sportingbet.com.au for terms and conditions.
2014 Brownlow Medal Winner Sportingbet.com.au market
Scott Pendlebury $3.25
Gary Ablett $6
Josh Kennedy $6.50
Joel Selwood $13
Trent Cotchin $15
Dayne Beams $15
Travis Boak $15
Aaron Sandilands $17
Lance Franklin $21
Matt Priddis $21
Brent Harvey $21
7-1 SCORE A WIPE OUT FOR WORLD CUP PUNTERS
The prospect of Germany defeating Brazil 7-1 prior to this morning’s World Cup semi-final seemed so improbable that odds of 500/1 were offered in the correct score market.
Those succulent odds weren’t enough to entice one single punter at Sportingbet.com.au or its UK parent company William Hill to place a bet on that exact scoreline.
“No one could have anticipated such an extraordinary result and it was a total wipe out for correct score punters,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly added, “Our punters often come up with the craziest bets but not one of them had even a single penny on 7-1 as the correct score. We may well have witnessed the most incredible match of football ever!”
One William Hill punter did correctly predict the 5-0 halftime score, placing 80p on the result at odds of 300/1.
Germany is now a $1.75 favourite at Sportingbet.com.au to win the World Cup with Argentina $3.75 and Holland $4.50.
Most punters believe Germany will meet Argentina in the final, with the South Americans $2.40 favourites to defeat Holland ($3.10) in tomorrow’s second semi-final.
Punters only have eyes for the top two in the market for the Listed Ramornie Handicap at Grafton, with Big Money and Testarhythm both well supported to win the Listed race at online bookie Sportingbet.com.au.
Big Money has firmed from $3.20 to $2.80 at Sportingbet while Testarhythm is $6 to $5, with the pair completely dominating early betting.
“The top 30 biggest bets we’re holding are for either Big Money or Testarhythm to win,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“Big Money is entitled to be favourite but Testarhythm has been racing well this prep and plenty want to be on him at the bigger price.”
Don’t forget about our daily racing refund. Today it’s on the Listed Ramornie Hcp if your horse finishes within a length of the winner.
For Sportingbet’s full Ramornie Handicap market click here
For Sportingbet’s full Grafton Cup market visit https://www.sportingbet.com.au/horse-racing/meetings/Thursday
2014 Ramornie Handicap
Big Money $2.80 (was $3.20)
Testarhythm $5 (was $6)
Under The Sun $7.50 (was $6)
Territory $7 (steady)
Hidden Warrior $7 (was $7.50)
Startsmeup $13 (was $12)
Rocky King $15 (steady)
Liesele $17 (steady)
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As excitement builds ahead of the opening episode of Network Ten’s 2014 series of The Bachelor tomorrow night, there’s increasing debate across the country as to who will win Blake’s heart. Online bookie Sportingbet.com.au has framed a market and installed …
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The Darren Weir trained Giddyup Kirky was too good at Warracknabeal yesterday and unfortunately for Sportingbet punters our Daily Racing Refund didn’t go off. It’s time to get back on the horse so to speak as the Sportingbet Daily Racing …
You would be mad to back against the Darren Weir stable at the moment, it is absolutely flying! It just so happens that the Sportingbet Daily Racing Refund Race is Race 8 at Warracknabeal, where the Weir trained Giddyup Kirky …