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The Hangover: December 29 Racing Review

The final Saturday of racing for 2018 produced a mixed bag for punters, with heavily fancied favourites saluting at some major venues while it was a complete wipeout at another.

Here’s our pick of the action.

TUNED UP

Sydney punters pulled off a mammoth plunge on the good thing of the day as Mister Songman strolled to an effortless seven length win at Randwick.

Backed as if unbeatable into $1.55 (no other runner closed in single figures), the former Tasmanian galloper jumped straight to the front and was never troubled, putting a sizeable gap on the field upon straightening.

Making his win all the more impressive was his time over the Randwick 1400m course, just 0.2s outside Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist’s track record.

BUBBLE BURSTS

POP! One of racing’s more intriguing stories of recent times ended in disaster for backers of debutant Just Zerene in the Group 3 B.J McLachlan Stakes.

Social media was abuzz through the week thanks to the distribution of the infamous ‘text message’ which had declared the well-bred filly a moral. But come race time she was $1.80 to $2.70, with big punters keen to lay her en masse.

They proved spot on as the filly missed the kick and got too far back in the run, incredibly allowing stablemate Sun City ($6.50) to defeat the heavily supported Rome ($2.70) on the line.

ROUGHIES GALORE

Just Zerene wasn’t the only fancied commodity to give punters headaches at Doomben as a series of winners rolled in at any old odds.

Even money favourite Ignite The Light was rolled in the first by $11 shot Brains, with Outback Barbie suffering a similar fate settling way too far back in the Vo Rogue Plate.

It didn’t end there, with $21 chance Sold For Song upsetting odds on Victorem in The Buffering, before $31 chance Bergerac put the icing on the cake in the Bernborough Handicap.

In all, not a single favourite won on the day in Brisbane, with just three winners lobbing at single figure odds. The bookies simply took the lot.

YES, HE’S GOOD!

Smart colt Yes Yes Yes justified his $1.85 quote when surging clear with a powerful run in the opener at Moonee Valley.

He’s now won two of three starts – his only defeat coming when second to Brooklyn Hustle in a scarcely believable race a month back – and he looks a promising sprinter.

His biggest test will come on Grand Final day in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, in which he holds equal $6.00 favouritism after Saturday’s performance.