Friday, March 17, 2006

Punter's Purgatory

Thursday was another bad day for the punters and a great one for the bookies. The 9/2 favourite won the first and a 100/30 joint favourite won the second, but after that the bookies cleaned up - winners of the next 4 races were priced at 8/1, 14/1 , 33/1 and 50/1 respectively. Only one Irish winner - Kadoun @ 50/1 in the last race when Irish punters had already been cleaned out - again.

My big hope Golden Cross, backed @ 12/1 in the main race of the day the World Hurdle, was beaten a head and should have won. He was backed down to 5/1 2nd Fav and I thought he had it won on the run in from the last, but he was definitely impeded by the eventual winner, My Way de Solzen.

If this was any major flat race, not only would there have been a steward’s inquiry but Johnny Murtagh would have lodged an objection to the winner for taking his ground.

Anyway, that’s 10 bets and only one short-priced winner in 3 days. The wife’s housekeeping money is shot to hell. So here’s today’s bets - so far.

Triumph Hurdle - Turko @ 14/1
Gold Cup - War of Attrition @ 12/1 and L’Ami @ 16/1

Wish me luck. It’s looking like Spam sangwidges for the next week unless we hit gold today!

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