Punters were understandably surprised when the winning dividends flashed up on the screen following the last race at Bairnsdale on Tuesday.
The winner Maldonado - an $18 chance in fixed odds betting - paid $20.40 on the NSW tote, $21.20 with UBET, and a strangely meagre $6.30 on S-TAB.
The $6.30 winning dividend with S-TAB was not a typo, nor was the $7.30 place dividend.
The skinny tote price was the result of a rather epic 'all-up' placed by one New Zealand punter.
The TAB customer placed a Parlay Formula 2,3,4,5,6 on the last six races at Bairnsdale, outlaying $103 for a 50c unit.
Known as a 'Poker6' in NZ – the bet type requires the punter to select at least two winners for a collect and the maximum number of legs available is six.
These were the winning legs the customer in question had:
- Bairnsdale R3 11 Magnesium Rose - $3.30
- Bairnsdale R4 9 Kushchyenko - $17.30
- Bairnsdale R5 4 Miss Procyon - $3.40 (Also included Ecology who finished 3rd)
- Bairnsdale R6 12 Tanto Bianco - $12.50 (Also included Petrov who was unplaced)
- Bairnsdale R7 11 Settlers Road - $4.90
- Bairnsdale R8 18 Maldonado - $6.30 (Also included Internship who was unplaced)
The power of the 'all-up' was there to see in the seventh, with Settlers Road paying just $4.90 with S-TAB and $8.30 with NSW.
Heading into the final race on the card, the punter had $13,764.10 going on each of Maldonado and Internship.
Luckily for him he was gifted a beautiful ride by Daniel Moor on Maldonado, tucking in just behind the leaders before peeling out in the straight to win by a widening 1.75L.
Money picked up from the other combinations meant that a lazy $100,613.50 jumped in the punters' pocket off his $103 investment.
Interestingly, our NZ mate wasn't the only punter to benefit greatly from Maldonado's big win in the last.
Another crafty TAB customer placed a Bairnsdale quaddie with the 'Field' in the first two legs before coming home with Settlers Road and Maldonado.
The $20 bet netted him $4,709.45 plus bragging rights with his mates at least until the spring carnival kicks off.
"It was just an absolutely perfect ride, you couldn't have asked for more really," said Maldonado's trainer Gary Mallinson post-race - a sentiment no doubt shared by the two winning punters.