Astern plucks Golden Rose from rivals
ASTERN was scintillating in his Golden Rose victory and as intriguing as the race was the betting fluctuations over the final 48 hours were equally as mesmerising.
Astern opened $4.50 after final fields were announced.
He drifted to a high of $5.50 before an avalanche of support for the colt in the final two hours of betting that saw his BSP close at $3.30. He was the third best backed runner in Sydney by volume on Sunday behind Antonio Giuseppe and Allergic.
Astern accounted for 31% of volume traded on the Golden Rose and despite the big move for the David Vandyke trained Yankee Rose $11.50 into $6.44.
Omei Sword, $4.00 to $5.51, accounted for the next highest volume of 30%, with Yankee only 13.5%.
It was a big run first up from Yankee Rose against the race profile, she deserves maximum respect at her next two starts and it will be interesting to see which way they go with her.
Mackintosh stamped himself as an Epsom contender after a tough win in the Theo Marks Stakes. He looks better suited to the mile compared 2000m or beyond.
He traded at a high of $17 to close on the fourth line of betting BSP of $9.65. He accounted for only 7% of volume, while beaten favourite Southern Legend $3.75 into $2.90 was heavily backed accounting for 40%.
Black Heart Bart $2.98 to $2.16 was the highest traded runner Australia wide on Saturday.
Punters have not missed him at each of his last three starts.
They would have been confident In-Play as he traded as short $1.50 before being overhauled by Palentino who has now stamped himself as a genuine weight-for-age star and a Flemington specialist.
Black Heart Bart accounted for 67% of pre play volume and 58% In-Play while stablemate Palentino drifted from $6.80 to $10 accounting for only 8% of volume.
Earlier on the program Saracino proved his class in Danehill Stakes to hold out the Godolphin runner Archives who looks a progressive colt.
Saracino, $7.80 to $6.80, accounted for 11% of volume. Defcon disappointed as BSP favourite $3.21. It was a surprise to see the volume (38%) for him given he had drawn barrier one and the outside rail was clearly an advantage.
Punters had wisened up by the next race. Winner of Bobby Lewis, Faatinah, drawn barrier eight, shortened from $11.50 to $5.86 accounting for 20% of volume.
Regan Bayliss used the outside to full advantage and made short work of his opposition. Both rider and horse have a bright future.