TAB Betting Blog: Haunted to excite racing punters on Saturday

Dwayne Dunn returns to the mounting yard aboard Haunted after winning the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse. Natasha Morello/Racing Photos via Getty Images


WOLFE (Randwick, Race 4, No.4)

Waterhouse-Bott trained runner who steps up to 1900 metres which looks ideal. Has won three of his four career starts and should able to dictate in front, get away with some cheap sections and be too strong.

FIDELIA (Flemington, Race 2, No.1)

After winning stylishly last Saturday she is on the quick back-up and looks well placed to secure a fourth straight victory. On a tough day of racing looks a nice early bank builder

KILLARNEY KID (Sandown, Race 3, No.1)

Has won his past three starts over the jumps and comes into this fresh after genius trainer Patrick Payne elected to skip the Warrnambool carnival to keep him fresh for this. Superstar Steven Pateman takes the ride and looks the winner.



An open edition of the Sires Produce Stakes with punters shopping around the early favourite Accession.

The Chris Waller trained colt has been costly in his short career, he was beaten at $1.75 when resuming from a spell at the Gold Coast and also went down last preparation when dominating the market at $2.40.

Accession opened $3.80 and has already been pushed out to $4. If you like Accession, my advice would be to keep your powder dry as the drift should continue. The early money following the barrier draw has been for Czarson from the Waterhouse-Bott stable.

Czarson has ran second at his past two outings and has firmed from $6 into $5.50. He should be able to find the front and might look the safe each-way race.

Suggested bet: Czarson each-way.


A big day of racing with Group 1 action in Queensland and the feature race coming up late in the program. The TAB Kingsford-Smith Cup, previously known as the BTC Cup, has seen some superstars salute such as Apache Cat in 2008 and Black Caviar in 2011.

This year is very open and has been thrown on its head after the barrier draw. Intriguing James Cummings import Home Of The Brave was a $6 favourite before final draw but his odds have literally doubled after drawing barrier 17.

Trekking, stablemate to Home Of The Brave, is now the $6.50 favourite but it truly does shape as a race where if you find the winner the value will take care of itself.

After winning the Doomben 10,000 at cricket score odds, The Bostonian has firmed from $15 into $9. While it is hard to step into a horse after they won at $61 last start, he does look the logical one, especially on an each-way basis.

Suggested bet: The Bostonian each-way.

Flemington Race 7 - Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (1200 METRES)

A fascinating second leg of the quaddie up the straight. Straight racing is always fascinating ad luck can play a part.

Haunted is looking to bounce after being beaten as a short priced favourite in Adelaide last start and races well over 1200 metres where he has two wins and two placings from four attempts.

At around the $3 mark he looks one of the better betting propositions on the card. I anticipate that Haunted will start around $2.50 so there is still a little bit of juice in the market.

I expect both Cummings runners will be popular, stablemate to Haunted, Bandipur, looks over the odds at $10.

Suggested Bet: Haunted the win.

Flemington Race 8 - The Andrew Ramsden (2800 METRES)

The winner of this race will receive a direct pass to the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.

The money has come strongly for Surprise Baby who has been backed from $3.20 into $2.50. She won the Adelaide Cup impressively and looks well placed, but I am steering to her main danger Steel Prince, who defeated her last start.

TAB'S Chief media officer Trent Langskaill reported a bet of $1,000 at $10 on Sheezdashing within minutes of the market being posted, Sheezdashing has subsequently drifted to $11.

Suggested bet: Steel Prince the win and quinella with Surprise Baby.


Tom Melbourne has opened a $2.30 favourite in Race 5 at Eagle Farm. The serial non-winner has started favourite 10 times for just one win. It does look a race with good betting opportunities taking him on.