Horse Racing

Rough day for punters

Big carryovers in the offering on exotic bets

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, September 19, 2017



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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