Day At The Track

No confusion for APG punters

06:43 AM 28 Aug 2008 NZST
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Kept For Pleasure not starting favourite in the Australian Pacing Gold 3YO Fillies Final seemed inconceivable after she drew the front row, but the dual Oaks winner may yet be displaced from the top of TAB Sportsbet's chart.

Punters have turned their attention to Dazed And Confused in pre-post betting on tomorrow night's $100,000 Group 1 event at Moonee Valley with the consistent Dean Braun-trained filly poised to challenge for favouritism.

Sustained support has seen the daughter of Troublemaker shorten into $3 after opening at $3.60. Kept For Pleasure retains her place at the head of the chart but is $2.20 out to $2.35.

Braun was unsure where the flood of money came from, but said those responsible for the plunge knew what they were doing with the $9000 purchase primed to run a huge race.

"Her last four runs have been terrific and I couldn't be happier with her," Lara-based Braun said of the filly who followed up a Breeders Crown placing with a fifth placing in last week's APG Preview.

"She wasn't involved in the hustle and bustle of a lot of races earlier in the season, I looked after her because I knew she had a long season ahead, and now she's right at the top of her game.

"She's drawn inside all of her main rivals and I'd say she'll be in front for a long, long way."

Dazed And Confused, to be driven by Greg Sugars, will roll from barrier three in the event to be run at 8.47pm. Kept For Pleasure has barrier five.

The money for Dazed And Confused has also seen the only other runners under $71 also drift. Muscle Beach (barrier nine) is $5 after opening at $4.80, Lady Lexus (11) is out from $6 to $6.50 with Staccato (six) now a $10 chance.

Maffioso is the only one punters want in tomorrow night's other $100,000 Group 1 APG Final, with the Peter Tonkin-trained star into $1.70 after opening at $1.80 for the three-year-old colts and geldings finale.

Rohan Home and Magic Operative are both at $5 after opening at $4.50 and $4.80 respectively, with Whiskey And Ice and Esprit De Kay Jay both $15 chances.

Brad Bishop

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