Avilius and Verry Elleegant dominate our punting review

April 1, 2019 | By More

Avilius and Verry Elleegant are the highlights in our punting review on Tancred Stakes Day.

The meeting was marred somewhat by an avalanche of scratchings due to the heavy ground but the feature events turned in sterling performances.

It was a day when our “solid bet” selection, Avilius, cruised to victory in the $1.5M Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill.

Meanwhile, in the fillies event, the Vinery Stud Stakes, Verry Elleegant powered home to land some big bets for punters.

Avilius cruises in Tancred victory

The five-year-old gelding by Pivotal, treated his opponents with contempt as he cruised to the lead, winning by a comfortable two and a quarter lengths.

“He’s a super horse, got a great turn of foot, loves the ground and he’s a pleasure to ride,” said jockey James McDonald.

“I shouldn’t get paid for that one,” he said, but punters are always confident when James MacDonald is the pilot.

Verry Elleegant dominant in Vinery

The Vinery Stud Stakes was an open betting race but the short-priced favourite Verry Elleegant proved a class above.

Under James McDonald, the daughter of Zed came with a barnstorming finish to defeat Frankely Awesome by one and three-quarter lengths.

She earned her first win at Group 1 level and now heads towards the Australian Oaks in a fortnight.

Aristia, who had already won the Victoria Oaks, finished a further two and a quarter lengths back in third place.

Verry Elleegant is a daughter of Zed, a Zabeel stallion, from the Danewin mare Opulence.

Zed only had 4 starts for one maiden win and her dam Opulence achieved only 2 wins from 15 starts in NZ, earning NZ$22,613.

Verry Elleegant is a living advertisement for line-breeding because she boasts a 5×5 cross of the “blue hen equivalent”, Eight Carat.

Weekend punting review

In this weekend’s punting review, our tipping service selected 4 winners.

Miss Siska $4.00 and Secret Blaze $3.70 in Bendigo, and Star Of The Seas $2.70 and Avilius $1.65 at Rosehill.

Lucky longshot, Red Alto $81, snuck into a place and paid $17.70 for the place dividend.

A previous lucky longshot, Swift Sis, won at Flemington on March 2nd at the nice odds of $31.

The lucky Longshot has been quite a successful new feature at Villagebet so we’ll keep looking for these value bets.

Trifecta strategies will be part of a new punting arsenal to bolster our comprehensive service for punters.

Keep an eye out for them as it’s a great way to find more value in punting. They are indeed a challenge but the rewards, if successful, are enormous.

Quaddie for a coffee

We introduced a new competition on our Tipping and Wagering forum entitled “Quaddie for the price of a coffee”.

Sure enough in the first week the quaddie went off, with Voyager tipping the winning combination in Sydney.

Didn’t expect it to go off in the first week!

Other entrants each had 3 legs in their quaddies, including one member, stayer, who just missed out on a $3,137.10 payday at Bendigo! 

Hopefully more members enter next week as it’s quite a good challenge!

Villagebet had 3 legs of the Sydney quadrella (paying $99.60) and with only 12 combinations.

Unfortunately we missed out on selecting Mister Sea Wolf. Better luck next time!

That’s it for our punting review. I hope you found a winner!

Next week we’re at Randwick for The Championships Day 1 and in Victoria we are back at Caulfield.

I hope you are finding winners, but as always, please gamble responsibly.

Postscript: Click here for our preview of Day 1 of The Championships.

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