Sydney Jockeys supporting Movember (from left) Jason Collett, Tye Angland and Brenton Avdulla. Picture: Simon Bullard
A PUNTER will be nursing a $70,000 hangover on Sunday morning after dumping that very amount on a no-name horse entered for a lowly race at Newcastle.
The big-race action was being run on the other side of the country last night with the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth.
Yet it was It’s A Shamozzle, a nag prepared by Scone trainer Mary Moses, and ridden by apprentice Vad Bolozhinskyi, who was the centre of a decent plunge in the Honeywell Class 2 Handicap (1200m).
The punter had a bet of $40,970 at $2.15 with the TAB about two hours before It’s A Shamozzle was due to run. Fifteen minutes before the field jumped, the same punter returned to plonk $32,000 at $2.05.
On track, the horse firmed from $2.10 into $1.65.
It’s A Shamozzle led, but tired to run third, beaten one-and-a-half lengths behind Electric Power, a $9 chance.
“It’s rare to see that sort of action, especially in a race like that,’’ said the TAB’s Andrew Georgiou.
Trainer Mary Moses, who has just eight horses in work, told us she had no idea about the plunge.
But Moses pointed out the form was there because It’s A Shamozzle had chased home Forget, a winner at Canterbury during the week.
“It was just a pity he was in the lead so early,’’ Moses said of Saturday’s run.
“It’s just the way things panned out.
“I’m not a punter, I’m an owner-trainer, and if punters decided the form was good and wanted to back him, that’s there deal, not mine.’’