Weather pounce on Passeggiata and make it a walk in the park

Win or lose Saturday’s Rosehill meeting for bookmakers across the country will be decided by Bjorn Baker-trained Passeggiata early in the afternoon after an incredible fall in competition.

The three-year-old filly by Winning Rupert out of Saunter’s mare won his only start at a midweek Gosford damsel on December 22 but the bettors waited as markets soared on Wednesday.

Trainer Bjorn Baker and Rachel King will combine with diving filly Passeggiata at Rosehill on Saturday.

Trainer Bjorn Baker and Rachel King will combine with diving filly Passeggiata at Rosehill on Saturday.Credit:Getty

The TAB opened Passeggiata at $5.50 and the first bet was $1200. Heading into the tournament, she was assisted with $4.80, $4.20, $3.80, $3.70 and $3.50 to win more than $30,000 before the biggest bets at 2.90 $ arrived.

One bettor had $40,000 at $2.90 and another $10,000 at the same rate, and other significant bets took the TAB liability to over $200,000 in a matter of hours.

“I can’t remember the last time a horse outperformed all the other bets at a meeting in Sydney on a Saturday,” said Glenn Munsie of TAB. “It might have happened with Winx and Black Caviar when they were at their peak and really short odds, but not for a first time winner having his second start.

“Passeggiata is shorter now than it was when we won at Gosford and they still want to support it.”

Passeggiata was a $2.30 favorite with most bookies on Friday, but they braced themselves for another wave of support on Saturday when most betting takes place.

Ladbrokes confirmed that Passeggiata was clearly the best supported runner across Australia on the day, while Top Sport and BlueBet, who both missed out on the early cash flood, are poised to let players in at the right price.

“We’re going to have the price spike tomorrow because it’s not a bad result for us right now,” said BlueBet CEO Michael Sullivan.

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Ryan Sederquist

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