Winx The Autumn Sun hall of fame

Raise a glass to these heroes of the punt!

We’ve been lucky enough to have a few big winners over the years, and anything over 15 units collected gets the nod for our Hall of Fame.

Dean’s Winners – September 26 2020

Rosehill R7 #4 Ole Kirk ($15 win / $4.60 place) – Golden Rose Futures Bet

Outlay: 1.5 units each-way
Profit: 26.4 units

Runner Comment: Was very impressed with his fast finishing 2nd in the Run To The Rose behind Rothfire, running exceptional closing sectionals. That is the key leadup for the Golden Rose, which is in turn a key leadup for the Caulfield Guineas. Well bred colt with the right trainer. Should be second favourite and looks a great chance in both races.

How It Panned Out: Rothfire went hard in front and looked the winner early in the straight, before Ole Kirk and North Pacific made their runs together down the outside. They both ran straight past the favourite and fought out a classic Group 1 finish, with Ole Kirk just going home the better to snatch victory.

Trial Spy – September 26 2020

Gold Coast R3 #15 Pythia ($26.50 win / $5.30 place)

Outlay: 0.5 units each-way
Profit: 14.9 units

Runner Comment: Was good winning Hawkesbury 1000m May 25 trial +3.8. Race form ordinary but has had a trainer change and missed the start first up but wasn’t beaten far. Can surprise.

How It Panned Out: After settling near last and being ridden quietly, Pythia took an inside run around the bend and made ground quickly along the rails before being strong through the line to get the chocolates.

Trial Spy – September 13 2020

Cranbourne R3 #1 Alexander Hamilton ($40.20 win / $10.76 place)

Outlay: 0.5 units each-way
Profit: 24.48 units

Runner Comment: Settled 3rd and finished home nicely for close 2nd in Mornington 26 Aug jumpout in good time for the day. Can surprise and sprint well fresh.

How It Panned Out: Settling near the back of the field after being well-supported in the market, the top-weight was pulled wide coming into the straight and clicked up a gear, thundering down the outside to arrive just in time.

Dean’s Winners – August 29 2020

Caulfield R8 #17 In Good Health ($71 win)

Outlay: 0.5 units win
Profit: 35 units

Runner Comment: Has put in two strong runs for new trainer this prep. On the up and can surprise here.

How It Panned Out: At the top of the straight In Good Health accelerated to the lead as race favourite Sirrconi challenged boldly. At the 150m mark the favourite drew level, but In Good Health kicked strongly and held on grimly for one of the biggest single collects in Champion Bets history.

Key Bets – August 22 2020

Moonee Valley R4 #11 Roland Garros ($51 win / $11 place)

Outlay: 0.2 units win / 0.6 units place
Profit: 16 units

Runner Comment: Backing this horse each way, on a 0.2 / 0.6 basis. He did not get the 3100m LST at WNBL, much better suited back to this trip, he should lead and will be hard to run down. There’s a couple better than him but at least he’ll be making his own luck in front. Good each way bet with more on the place.

How It Panned Out: In very trying conditions, Roland Garros found the front as expected and just kept going! Rounding the bend more than 6 lengths in front it was a very easy watch for members, with the roughie lapping up the heavy track.

Trial Spy – August 19 2020

Sandown Lakeside R3 #6 Raise ‘Em Up ($34 win / $6 place)

Outlay: 0.5 units each-way
Profit: 19 units

Runner Comment: Won Cranbourne 800m jumpout in 2nd quickest time of the morning and quick time under no pressure beating sprinting types. Can sprint well early in prep, is going well.

How It Panned Out: Hang ‘Em High led into the straight and looked in some trouble as Shotmaker strode up to get level at the 100m. The roughie kicked gamely however, lifting off the canvas and getting the bob in for a huge result.

Dean’s Winners – April 4 2019

Randwick R7 #6 Quick Thinker ($51 win / $14 place) – Futures Bet

Outlay: 0.5 units each-way
Profit: 31.5 units

Runner Comment: Trainer has won 3 of the last 7 ATC Derbies. This horse is bred to stay and will be stronger for last prep when ran some solid races behind Shadow Hero.

How It Panned Out: Quick Thinker burst to the front at the top of the straight and looked to have gone a touch early, with Zebrowski and Eric the Eel closing. A neck-and-neck battle ensued with Zebrowski with Quick Thinker getting the upper hand near the line to hold on for a very tough win and a massive collect for members.

Golf Insider – March 5 2020

Arnold Palmer Invitational (Winner) –  Tyrrell Hatton ($51 win / $13.50 place)

Outlay: 0.25 units each-way
Profit: 15.63 units

Player Comment: “After a month out due to wrist surgery, Hatton came back at the Mexico WGC and continued where he left off. He played superbly tee-to-green all week showing no signs of rust or injury. He finished sixth on the week, but first in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green to further underline how good he is on tough golf courses. Bay Hill should suit the Englishman perfectly and it’s no surprise that the fiery Hatton finished fourth here on debut in 2017. Hatton won the Turkish Airlines Open just three starts ago so confidence couldn’t be higher. Hopefully he’s shaken off the putting rust and can compete once more this week at a generous price.”

How It Panned Out: In tough conditions all weekend, Hatton put himself in contention in the first round, sitting tied-fifth, before making a move on Day 2 to grab the lead. He was headed multiple times during the third round but continued to fight and eventually led by two shots heading into the final round. He staved off another Golf Insider selection in Marc Leishman to eventually take out the title with a score of -4.

Key Bets – December 13 2019

Albany R5 #6 Senso ($20 win)

Outlay: 0.8 units win
Profit: 15.2 units

Runner Comment: Can win third up, back to ABNY where he goes well, maps well and well overs, lock it in.

How It Panned Out: Senso got a great run throughout, sitting 5th one-off the fence in the run. As the field straightened for home, the #6 ducked back to the inside and ran past the leaders in a flash. We had to survive a late charge down the middle of the track from runner-up Notta Mocha, holding on by a head as members claimed a big scalp.

Golf Insider – December 6 2019

Mauritius Open (Winner) –  Rasmus Hojgaard ($151 win / $38.50 place)

Outlay: 0.1 units each-way
Profit: 18.75 units

Player Comment: “A friend of mine who played with Hojgaard at Q-School this year said he was the best young player he’s seen in a while. This immediately got my interest and when you look at how he qualified for the European Tour you can see straight away that this young Dane has something about him. After four average days to just about make the cut, Hojgaard then shot a pair of 66’s on the weekend to finish solo 5th. He finished a respectable 49th last week in South Africa and looks set to improve on that this week. Not much is known of this young Dane except he’s the brother of Nicolai Hojgaard who lost his European Tour card last season. I don’t think it will be long before this young bomber starts going off a lot less than 150/1.”

How It Panned Out: The young Scandinavian was there abouts all weekend before taking things to an extra round with a birdie on the last hole. Despite being just 18 years of age, Hojgaard had nerves of steel across the three playoff holes, shooting birdie-birdie-eagle to take out the crown and become the 3rd youngest winner on the European Tour… ever.

Golf Insider – September 12 2019

KLM Open (1st Round Leader) –  Callum Shinkwin ($126 win / $32 place)

Outlay: 0.1 units each-way
Profit: 15.5 units

Player Comment: Nil.

How It Panned Out: The Englishman flew out of the blocks, taking advantage of some good early conditions to post -5 through the first 10 holes. He finished the round at -6 and was the clubhouse leader at halfway. 7 players finished the day’s play a shot behind Shinkwin in a tie for 2nd, but thankfully none were able to reach his low score.

WA Winners – August 17 2019

Belmont R2 Rocky Path ($19.10 win)

Outlay: 0.91 units win
Profit: 16.47 units

Runner Comment: Really impressed with PLATINUM BULLET on debut doing it at both ends and was especially strong late to hold off LONG BEACH who challenged all the way up the straight. ROCKY PATH will appreciate dropping back in distance. Backing PLATINUM BULLET and ROCKY PATH.

How It Panned Out: Rocky Path settled at the tail of the field and was aided by a fast pace up front, before weaving her way through the field in the straight to record an impressive victory. She defeated Mark’s other bet, Platinum Bullet, half a length.

UK Racing – August 8 2019

Sligo R5 #2 Dollar Value ($14.20 win / $2.80 place)

Outlay: 1 unit each-way
Profit: 15 units

Runner Comment: Tricky racing today at Sligo, but there is one bet that I like in the 7.40. The two favourites have question marks against them here,with one resuming after a break and the other holding overall poor form despite a better run last time. I prefer an each way bet on Dollar Value, who has fair hurdles form and needs plenty of ground as the horse is held up and stays on late. The 4 year old has plenty of scope and has been kept fit on the flat. I think we may see huge improvement over this extended mile and a half and.

How It Panned Out: Dollar Value made it’s move between the final two jumps to grab the lead going over the last, before running home strongly to salute by over a length.

Golf Insider – July 5 2019

3M Open (1st Round Leader) –  Scott Piercy ($61 win / $16 place)

Outlay: 0.25 units each-way
Profit: 18.75 units

Player Comment: Nil.

How It Panned Out: Piercy’s first Birdie didn’t come until the 5th hole, but the floodgates soon opened. He shot 8 Birdies in the final 11 holes to finish at 9 under – 2 shots clear of his closest rival after the opening day’s play. It was a blistering performance from the American, who didn’t drop a shot through the entire round either.

Golf Insider – July 1 2019

Andalucia Masters –  Christian Bezuidenhout ($81 win / $21 place)

Outlay: 0.2 units each-way
Profit: 20 units

Player Comment: Like a few observers of the game, I had expected Bezuidenhout to have kicked-on by now and landed a first tour title. He certainly has the ability, it’s just a case of the young South African putting it all together on the course. We’ve seen flashes this year with a 2nd place in Qatar, 9th in Kenya, 4th in India and a 3rd place at the BMW International last week. Form at tracks like Delhi are a key to Bezuidenhout taking to Valderrama, and a Top 30 here last year after an opening 77 suggests he can handle the conditions. Good each-way bet here IMO.

How It Panned Out: The young South African started strongly to sit tied for 2nd after the first round before putting his foot down and building a 4-shot lead by the end of the second day. That became 5 shots heading into the final round and a couple of early birdies saw the lead blow out to 7 shots. Nerves seemed to be getting the better of him over the next 5 holes as four bogeys in five holes saw the lead quickly become just 3 strokes before a tough putt for par steadied the ship and 3 straight birdies followed as he saw off his challengers, led by local hero Jon Rahm, to claim an impressive victory.

Dean’s Winners – June 29 2019

Sunshine Coast R8 #9 River Racer ($34 win / $8.50 place)

Outlay: 0.5 units each-way
Profit: 20.25 units

Runner Comment: Ran 3rd in this race last year when in similar form

How It Panned Out: River Racer settled in the back half of the field and was scrubbed along on the turn as the field bunched. Coming about 10 horses wide on the turn, jockey Matthew McGillivray found a gap and let down with an almighty burst, eventually winning comfortably by a couple of lengths on the line in a super impressive win.

Trial Spy – June 19 2019

Balaklava R3 #1 Heroes Quest ($101 win / $18 place)

Outlay: 0.2 units each-way
Profit: 23.4 units

Runner Comment: Trialled nicely when 3rd beaten 0.7L in time 9L above par, 3rd quickest of 11 trials on the day, beaten only by 2 black type performers, with 4L back to the 4th horse. Has mixed race form but could surprise after Morphettville May 30 1000m trial win ahead of this prep.

How It Panned Out: Heroes Quest led the field into the straight, stuck to the inside and simply just kept going! He got tired near the line but had just enough in the tank to hold off the challengers and salute at a massive early price.


Dean’s Winners – June 1 2019

Rosehill R7 #7 Hush Writer ($27.70 win)

Outlay: 1 unit win
Profit: 26.7 units

Runner Comment: First up over 2400m. Gai can do it and this horse has plenty of talent.

How It Panned Out: Hush Writer was a strong winner for Dean’s Winners members, leading a big field into the straight and kicking away on the bend. The talented runner started to tire near the line but managed to hold off some fast-finishing rivals for a great result.


UK Racing – May 17 2019

Aintree R1 #8 Included ($28 win / $6.40 place)

Outlay: 1 unit each-way
Profit: 31.17 units

Runner Comment: Just the evening meeting at Aintree today where it looks like they will have genuinely good ground. The opener is a mares handicap hurdle and it looks competitive, but I think one or two of these are well handicapped and I am backing Included. She has been off the track for a while but the trainer can get them ready no problem. She is a good ground horse and has been prepared for a summer campaign. The jockey booking is eye catching and I think she is still improving.

How It Panned Out: After settling on-pace, Included was held together well as she cruised up alongside the leader early in the straight before being driven out over the last jump to see off her rivals for a strong win.


UK Racing – May 6 2019

Warwick R2 #5 Golden Taipan ($30 win / $4.90 place)

Outlay: 0.5 units win / 1 unit place
Profit: 17.67 units

Runner Comment: The maiden is more competitive than the betting market suggests, and I am backing Golden Taipan each way. He will be a decent price and this horse has had a few quiet starts but looks ready to show his true form. His last run was encouraging and he will set behind the pace here and I think he is a potential rapid improver.

How It Panned Out: Golden Taipan settled midfield and never found himself too far away from the leaders. As the sprint went on, he looked to struggle initially before finding his stride and finishing off very well to see off the challengers, including a short-priced favourite, in impressive fashion.


Dean’s Winners – March 9 2019

Flemington R8 #6 Harlem ($41 win)

Outlay: 0.5 units win
Profit: 20 units

Runner Comment: Won this race at 50/1 for us in a big result last year, paying $100 Betfair SP.  Is going better this year. trainer has a great record in this race. Big chance.

How It Panned Out: The British import has struggled for consistency over the journey but had all his talent on display here. Underneath Jamie Kah, the gelding found himself in a thrilling scrap with Kiwi counterpart Shillelagh as they battled all the way to the line, sticking his neck out in time to claim top honours.


Key Bets – December 14 2018

Albany R7 #10 Molly Twohundred ($23 win)

Outlay: 0.7 units win
Profit: 15.4 units

Runner Comment: Nice run first up when she made up good ground over too short a trip 930m at Narrogin. She’ll map much closer to the pace today over this trip and she doesn’t deserve to be the price she is, well overs and lock it in.

How It Panned Out: As predicted, Molly Twohundred jumped well and led before pinching a length on the bend. Despite a wall of challengers inside the 200m, she held on strongly for a tough win at a great price.


NZ Tips – October 20 2018

Ashburton R1 #6 Attimo ($41 win / $8 place)

Outlay: 0.25 units win / 0.75 units place
Profit: 15.25 units

Runner Comment: The fav has a massive wrap and may well blow them away but $1.45 on a horse who is yet to perform on raceday means we shall spec a couple of on pacers.

How It Panned Out: While the short-priced favourite was well respected by Kiwi Chris, the value simply resided elsewhere. His predicted on-pace bias proved to be the right call with on-pacer Attimo taking out the race at massive odds and his other roughie selection also finishing 3rd for a place collect.


Key Bets – September 26 2018

Belmont R8 #16 Zetorio ($16 win)

Outlay: 1 unit win
Profit: 15 units

Runner Comment: I don’t know why this horse is double figure odds!! I make this quite an open race but I do have him top pick and I think he’ll be very hard to beat. Won his MDN well at NTHM LST rating 94 and I can see improvement off that, only having his fourth career run, big price!

How It Panned Out: Zetorio settled worse than mid-field before finding a gap and some galloping room around the bend. Despite wanting to lay in multiple times down the straight, he managed to sustain a strong run down the centre of the track and hit the line strongly.


Trial Spy – August 10 2018

Scone R2 #18 Cloud Cover ($101 win / $26 place)

Outlay: 0.1 units win / 0.3 units place
Profit: 18.5 units

Runner Comment: Trialled ok twice but has run terrible in two career starts. New trainer might bring a display of true ability.

How It Panned Out: Cloud Cover settled near the back of the field and looked a long way off the pace in the straight before rocketing home down the middle of the track to snatch victory in a very tight photo.


Trial Spy – July 14 2018

Gold Coast R1 #6 Rock The House ($41 win / $16 place)

Outlay: 0.5 units each-way
Profit: 26.5 units

Runner Comment: Had a positive trainer change. Had trialled well for previous trainer winning Gold Coast 1000m trial Nov 13 in time 1.6L above par, although race form terrible.

How It Panned Out: Despite poor racing form, Rock The House never looked like being run down after finding the fence and leading all the way, extending in the straight to gap the rest of the small field comfortably.


Trial Spy – January 13 2018

Gold Coast R8 #11 Sunlight ($21 win)

Outlay: 1 unit win
Profit: 20 units

Runner Comment: Looked good winning 800m Flemington Jumpout 28 Sep in good time. Won Cranbourne trial prior to that on Sep 4 by 2L in nice style also. Slow away on debut aat Flemington but ran a good 3rd. Won Gold Coast 900m trial Dec 7 under no pressure in quickest time of the day, 11L above par (Ef Troop 7L above par on same day). Beat a horse called Outback Magic who was ridden out, and then came out and won the Listed fillies race yesterday on debut. Sunlight was scratched from that race due to its wide gate. Trial form ties in very well and is a huge price currently. Note needs to run this Saturday and earn enough prizemoney to qualify for the race, but odds will shorten sharply and is a big chance in the race if does so.


Melbourne Ratings – June 17 2017

Moonee Valley R4 #7 Stylish Miss ($34 win)

Outlay: 0.5 units win
Profit: 16.5 units


Melbourne Ratings – April 4 2017

Caulfield R4 #5 Lycurgus ($21.20 win)

Outlay: 0.77 units win
Profit: 15.54 units


Melbourne Ratings – March 22 2017

Sandown R5 #6 Alrouz ($61 win)

Outlay: 0.25 units win
Profit: 15 units


Melbourne Ratings – January 11 2017

Sandown R5 #11 Hennybodys ($25.20 win)

Outlay: 0.67 units win
Profit: 16.13 units


NZ Tips – December 30 2016

Kurow R7 #13 Mother Superior ($34 win)

Outlay: 0.5 units win
Profit: 16.5 units

Runner Comment: Showed plenty of early speed over further at Riccarton last prep, had a let a few gear changes could surprise.


Trial Spy – October 5 2016

Northam R4 #3 Public Spirit ($45.20 win / $7.40 place)

Outlay: 0.5 units win / 1 unit place
Profit: 28.5 units

Runner Comment: Monitor the price. Was a nice trial win coming from last in Pinjarra 1000m Aug 22 trial in decent time. Ran last first up but had a cardiac arrhythmia and is much better than that.


Trial Spy – December 7 2015

Terang R5 #8 Another Diamond ($21 win / $6 place)

Outlay: 1 unit win / 1.5 units place
Profit: 27.5 units

Runner Comment: Bet365 $23, $21 everywhere else. $6 place across the board. Take best fixed. Two racetrack runs terrible, although set a cracking pace on debut, then ran off the track at second start. Sent back to the trials and won Colac 1000m Dec 1 trial by 4.5L in blistering time well above average, quickest for the day and beating some handy types. Repeat of that can win this.


Trial Spy – October 11 2015

Cranbourne R3 Box Trifecta (25%) 1, 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14

Outlay: 0.52 units win
Profit: 26.47 units


NZ Tips – June 19 2015

Riccarton R2 #7 Pheasant ($31 win / $8.50 place)

Outlay: 0.75 units each-way
Profit: 29.63 units

Runner Comment: Won 2 and placed in 2 last winter here on heavy tracks, no recent form but gets conditions to suit today and if back to best can win.


Trial Spy – December 3 2014

Canterbury R2 Box Trifecta (100%) 1, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11

Outlay: 1.2 units win
Profit: 15.32 units


Trial Spy – August 2 2014

Kembla Grange R3 Box Trifecta (60%) 1, 4, 5, 12, 13

Outlay: 0.6 units win
Profit: 37.27 units


Trial Spy – September 14 2013

Rosehill R7 #4 Zoustar ($17 win)

Outlay: 1 unit win
Profit: 16 units


Trial Spy – May 9 2013

Wyong R2 #1 Estonian Princess ($15 place)

Outlay: 1.5 units place
Profit: 21 units