Punt to Win
When everyone confidently "knows" something in horse racing you can just about be guaranteed that it won't happen, or you will get under the odds about that horse winning.
The Cox Plate was meant to be a match race between El Segundo and Racing To Win. Sure enough, neither won. El Segundo finished second while Racing To Win finished down the track.
The race was won by the 2003 winner, Fields Of Omagh who paid the excellent odds of $22.00. Fields Of Omagh had also finished second in the 2004 Cox Plate and third last year. But everyone "knows" that a 9YO has never won the Cox Plate so the 9YO Fields Of Omagh was ignored in the betting.
The fact that Fields Of Omagh had got better with every one of his three runs in from a spell, finishing only 1.5 lengths away in Group 1 company at his start before the Cox Plate, was conveniently ignored.
Everyone knew that the Japanese trained 6YO entire Delta Blues could not win the Melbourne Cup. His outstanding third in the Caulfield Cup, a key form lead up race was completely dismissed. Why? Because everyone knew that his Australian jockey in the Caulfield Cup, Nash Rawiller, had been replaced by a Japanese hoop, Yasunari Iwata.
The amount of bagging this jockey got by uninformed people in the racing media, which of course influenced the punters, was amazing. Yasunari Iwata rode a brilliant race in the Melbourne Cup and of course Delta Blues won and paid over $20.00.
This edition of Punt to Win:
2006 Melbourne Cup Carnival Winners
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