Horse Racing

Rough day for punters

Big carryovers in the offering on exotic bets

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Last Saturday was an excruciating day at the betting windows for punters at Caymanas Park as well as the over 60 off-track betting parlours strewn across the island.

The 12-race programme started on a predictable note when first-time runner, the two-year-old Patriarch, duly obliged at the prohibitive odds of 1-9. The win by Patriarch was quickly followed by Simply The Best, who easily put away rivals at even money (1/1).

A wee signal of what punters were going to face came in the third race when Eddie's Princess (5-1) defeated 4-5 favourite Mirabilis.

The dramatic game changer occurred in the fourth race. First past the post Goodbloodbadblood – the 10-length winner over General Mubaraak and Trini Magic at the odds-on price of 1-2 – was disqualified for intimidation and interference caused to Strike It Lucky and was eventually placed fourth. The race was awarded to General Mubaraak at the whopping starting price of 159-1, which the tote board could not show as it is limited to showing maximum odds of 99-1.

General Mubaraak paid the enormous sum of $8,018 to win and $170 to place. The exacta (1-2 in correct order) doled out $319,350, with the quinella (1-2 in any order) coming in at $8,548.

The fourth race was the first in the Pick-9, with the adjusted results crashing all bets along with the Sunrise 6 wagers.

If General Mubaraak was not enough for already battered bettors, more pain was in store in the form of Swagg Boss in the seventh race. Swagg Boss with a strong late burst defeated Nuremberg and Hail Mary, at odds of 60-1. The seventh race was the race in the Twilight -6, meaning that very few bets, if any, in the aforementioned exotic wager were still standing.

For the record, only four favourites won on the 12-race programme – Patriarch (1-9), Simply The Best (1-1), Superluminal (5-2) and Royal Girl (8-5), thereby triggering some enticing carryovers on next Saturday's programme. In addition there were winners like Brooklyn at 5-1, Chief Prospect at 4-1, and Pizarro at 5-1.

The carryovers going into next Saturday are as follows:

Pick 9 - $1,672,811.70

Sunrise 6 - $1,523,993.25

Twilight 6 - $1,365,097.18;

Place Pot 8 - $1,132,933.00

Pick 5 - $347,626.50

First Pick 4 - $389,291.50




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