TattsBet News 16th February

CRICKET

The ODI cricket format has been copping a hammering by certain sections of the media, but the current series has shown us that 50 over cricket still has a place. The last three matches have been decided in the last over, but more importantly, punters have shown that they are still following it. The best betting match to date was last Sunday’s clash between Australia and India, which saw favouritism change dozens of times in the second half before India went on to win.

Sri Lanka got a lucky draw out of last Tuesday’s match against India, and they have to face up to Australia on Friday at the SCG. Australia have been installed as $1.55 favourites, but the early money has been for Sri Lanka at $2.75. As far as the series is concerned, the Aussies are now $1.45, India at $2.75, and Sri Lanka at $13.00.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Once again there has been movement in a lot of the NRL futures books on the back of the trial games at the weekend. Betting was available on all of the trial games, and punters were dealt a major blow when the Cowboys ($2.10 out to $2.35) defeated the Dragons in Perth. That has seen money come for North Queensland to win the Telstra Cup as they scored that victory without Jonathon Thurston. Most of the bets this week have been for the Cowboys at $15.00, and also for the Tigers, now $8.00 after being $8.50 last week. There has been really good interest in the “Top Queensland Team” market, with the Broncos at $1.85 ahead of North Queensland at $2.85 and the Titans at $5.50. The Titans did a really good job to dispose of the Broncos in their trial win, and we are expecting a much better showing from them this year than the $26.00 they are to win the competition.

Betting is up on the World Club Challenge which will be played early on Saturday morning. Manly have been in the UK for nearly two weeks, and it does appear as though they will field a near full strength side. Leeds were easily beaten by Wigan last weekend, and don’t look like the same side who took out the title last year, so Tatts has opened the Rhinos as $2.25 outsiders with Manly at $1.65. All of the normal bet types will be available on this match.

The Charity Shield will be played on Saturday night and the Dragons have opened up narrow $1.70 or 2.5 point favourite over Souths ($2.15). The trial form of both teams has been hard to read, but this is always a match that is played with plenty of intensity, and for that reason betting is always good.

AFL

Collingwood have been a firmer to win this year's AFL flag, now $3.65 after being $4.00 three weeks ago. Several four figure bets have come for the Magpies, but having said that there is also support for Hawthorn ($5.50), Carlton ($8.00) and Adelaide at $26.00. Carlton have been popular since betting opened last October, and although the biggest recent bet has been only $2000 at the $8.00, the Blues look like they will start the season as one of the best backed sides.

The NAB Cup starts this Friday night, and betting is open on those games as well as Saturday's. Trying to work out who will play in each game is a very difficult process, and when you throw into the mix the fact that it is a mini round-robin tournament, that makes it even harder. Pre season games used to be a punters paradise, but the current system has evened things out, as evidenced by several upsets last year. There will be a couple of extra betting options available on each game, and there will also be live betting. Hawthorn are the $3.75 favourites to win the Cup ahead of Colligwood at $5.25, but the Tattsbet AFL analyst is tipping Fremantle to start the season by winning the Cup. They are in the same group as the Eagles this week, but the Eagles will have several 'name'players missing, and new Dockers coach Ross Lyon will be keen to impress the locals with his side. It is also worth pointing out that Lyon has won a pre-season cup with St Kilda, so at least we know that he treats it seriously.

RUGBY UNION

The Super 15 season is only a week away from starting, and we are beginning to see the serious money come in. Nobody wants a bar of the Crusaders to win the title ($3.75 out to $4.50), but most other sides have been backed. The Blues are in to second pick at $5.50, and they do play the Crusaders in the opening round. The Reds ($6.00) have met with big support, all from Queensland of course, but the Waratahs ($8.00), Chiefs ($16.00), Highlanders ($23.00) and Rebels ($41.00) are other sides that have met with big public support. Betting for the wooden spoon has been interesting with punters steering clear of the two South African sides, the Lions ($4.50) and the Cheetahs ($5.00). Both are tipped to improve from our South African correspondents, and punters must view it the same way as the bulk of betting has been for the Force ($5.50) and the Brumbies at $6.50. Round one prices are open, and we will update any moves next week.

RACING

We get another serve of Black Caviar at Flemington on Saturday, and it is terrific to see the level of interest that the mighty mare is creating. Black Caviar has opened at $1.12 to win the Lightening Stakes, with Hay List ($10.00) and Foxwedge ($15.00) next in commission. Now neither of those two sprinters lack anything in ability, but how are they going to beat the champ? It only took a few minutes after the betting to open for the first bet to come through, $5 on Black Caviar at $1.12! There has been a staggering amount of bets around the $5-$10 mark each time she has run, and it can only be from fans who just want to have bragging rights that they backed the best horse of the modern era.

While Black Caviar has been grabbing all of the racing headlines, there are still several other feature races open for fixed odds, and the Blue Diamond has had a lot of movers and shakers after last weekend. Samaready is now a raging $2.60 favourite after an effortless win at Caulfield last Saturday, and we can now see why a lot of the early money was for her. As much as $21.00 was available nearly three weeks ago (which was taken), and there several four figure bets placed last week at $9.00 and $8.00. It isn’t all one way traffic however as earlier favourite Jimando attracted bets of $4000 ($9.50) and $2500 ($9.00) this week, and there is also constant support for No Looking Back ($12.00 into $8.00 this week), who was controversially beaten in the Magic Millions.

Americain has eased slightly to win the Australian Cup ($4.40-$4.80) as support has come for Southern Speed ($7.00), Manighar ($11.00) and Illo ($15.00). Southern Speed was running on into second spot behind Black Caviar last week, but it was hard to miss the run of Illo who motored home into fourth place. Illo is trained by Cups King Bart Cummings, and has been really well supported this week.

HARNESS RACING

The first round of heats for this year’s Inter Dominion will be run in Perth on Friday night, and we are expecting frantic action on all heats. The first round will be conducted over the sprint journey of 1700 metres, and that has meant four odds on favourites, with Imthemightyquinn and Smoken Up nearly unbackable in their heats. Naturally those two are at the head of title betting, with Imthemightyquinn one of Tattsbets worst results at $3.00. Amazingly Smoken Up has been relatively friendless at $3.50, but that isn’t the case with Mr Feelgood ($9.00), Auckland Reactor ($11.00) and Raglan ($13.00) all getting their fair share of interest this week. Betting to win the final will be updated Saturday after Friday night’s heats.

GREYHOUND RACING

The Australian Cup is just around the corner, and the big carnival gets under way at the Meadows this Saturday night. All eyes will be on WA champ Miata to see if she can break another record in the Zoom Top. Miata will be long odds on after trialling close to the record on Monday night. Glen Gallon has drawn box 1 in the Temlee, and looks hardest to beat, while a very even field of middle distance performers will go around in the Rookie Rebel. Fixed odds betting will be available on Friday morning with Tattsbet.

NOTABLE BETS

$4000 at $9.50 on Jimando to win Blue Diamond

$1500 at $13.00 Bulldogs to win NRL Premiership
$600 at $9.00 Akuila Uata to win NRL Top Tryscorer