The Unlucky Runners
Published: 24 Aug 2014
The Royal Randwick track was sodden due to the heavy downpours, and while The Race Guide team are not in the business of making excuses for horses that didn't handle the track, there were a few unlucky runners during the day.
The "Bookie Battler" loves to say it how it is, and he tries to sooth your pain if you were on one of the horses that "would'a should'a could'a" paid out for a win.
Race 2, Number 4 Self Sense
Analyst team comment - "Jumped midfield, urged forward (5th 2W) (good tempo), came 4W 600m to improve quickly, went to clear lead from 400m but not genuine (hung) last 150m [bias off rails*]
Bookie Battler comment - "The old case of the horse travelling too well. Mr Avdulla got a bit excited on the turn and decided that he wanted to win by a furlong. He shot for home at the top of the straight and any battling punter with money on the Melbourne raider knew that winning doesn't come that easy. You can excuse yourself if the language got colourful when he started paddling late."
Race 3, Number 4 Liberation
Analyst team comment - "Early speed to lead (even tempo), travelled well into straight, darted out 300m (checked horses), held lead then veered out from 100m (checked horses) - lost 3rd on protest [stew: must trial] [bias off rails*]"
Bookie Battler comment - "You can lose your cash a million different ways in this game, but it dead-set looked like Liberation was on team Messara, clearing out the other runners so Kathy and Tye got an armchair ride up the inside. If you did your cash, just think of the bills the owners will have to pay to get this rogue back on track."
Race 8, Number 1 Green Beret
Analyst team comment - "Jumped ok, urged forward to lead nearer rails (good tempo), beat off other on-pacers, edged wider in straight and fought on strongly [bias off rails*]"
Bookie Battler comment - "He didn't get any checks or bumps, but this big horse dead-set did all the hard work only for his smaller stable-mate to take the glory. I used to be a prop for the League team at school. Reminds me of when those pesky outside backs thought they were the business scoring a 5m try after we'd battled 50m straight through the middle. As long as this he doesn't have 50/1 shots pestering him next time he can pay you back."