Disasters In Horse Racing
Yesterday had all the hallmarks of being
a great day.
The first three legs of the quaddie in Victoria had been won and
run and I was alive into the fourth leg with two runners. Like a
lot of our ratings subscribers I had taken 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 (the top
2 rated in each leg) and life was good. With ten dollars a unit
(total invest $160) and the favourite way paying $400 for a $ and
the second top rated paying about $1400 for a $ the collect stood
at either $4K or $14K.
To easy - 1 &
2 / 4 & 5 / 8 & 9 / 1 & 8.
love it when you get into this position - as a punter, life just
doesn't get any better. The obvious move is to lay the favourite
on Betfair to lose $2500 so, on the day, can't lose. Perfect safety
first approach. Foolproof.
And so I adopted the fool proof plan to perfection and laid the
favourite Glasovit to lose about $2400. Wonderful. Sit back - have
a glass of wine - watch the race - congratulate yourself on your
Superbucks is a huge win - $14K plus the $$$$ from Betfair on Glasovit
- while Glasovit is a about a $1500 net result. - any other runner
win still about a grand in front.
History shows that Glasovit duly wins - oh well, c'est la vie -
still a good day. One can't be greedy, can one?
The TRUTH starts to dawn about half an hour later while checking
the TAB account. That's strange - the quaddie div hasn't been credited
yet. Was there a protest? Couldn't be - it won easily. Third against
second maybe? Check the web site - no - weight right - ummm - ummm
- oh no - don't tell me.
Check the day's transactions - don't panic - OH MY GOD - you bloody
idiot - in the third leg, instead of 8 & 9 via the internet
account I've clicked on 7 & 8 !!!!! This resulted in much totally
unnecessary (according to HER) swearing and gesticulating. Not only
have I NOT collected $4K from the quaddie I've laid the winner to
lose about $2400 and all but wiped out my Betfair account which
had taken a not unreasonable amount of effort to get to that level.
Everyday when we e-mail the ratings the last line states:
Always check numbers
and times on your TAB – all care – no responsibility
ALWAYS CHECK THE NUMBERS!!