I can’t recall the last time Belmont was abandoned for two successive weekends.
Forced to negotiate one of the wettest Septembers on record, the Belmont track succumbed to the torrential weather, calling off two meetings and leaving locals punters “lost”.
Some invested on the eastern states races, some spent overdue time with their long suffering families, and some – like me – just paced the house in disbelieve as if we’d been robbed of the one thing that brightens the week. And to have such torture administered twice – was simply cruel.
However – we – the collective punters were back with a vengeance today – landing numerous betting plunges on the good 3 surface as the “bag-men” prayed for rain…
Back To A Walk ($1.65 fav) started the carnage when outlasting Little Shadow ($4.00) to salute by a short half head in the www.tabtouch.com.au HCP 1200m.
But there were bigger money moves to come, as the flood gates opened in the Westspeed 3YO HCP 1600. Backed off the map, Run For Rum ($4.40 – $3.40) collected favoured pair Woken ($1.95 fav) and Dreamalong ($3.20) inside the final furlong to land a ¾ length victory.
Punters loaded up again in the very next race – the Carlton United Brewers HCP 1000m – throwing everything they had at ex-eastern stater Brave Prince ($4.80 – $3.30 fav) – the Show A Heart 4yo outclassing rivals to win by a half-length.
Races four and five were wins for the Bookies, as Whiskey Mac ($8.50) claimed a last stride head victory in the Crown Perth HCP 1300m, and Hel Cool ($8.00) ended the winning run of Ora Dare ($1.50 fav) in the Westspeed Stayers Bonus HCP 2200m when triumphant by a neck – but the worst was yet to come for the turf accountants, as the punters lay in wait for the last three events.
The Simon Miller trained Miss Rose De Lago ($4.20 – $2.30 fav) was smashed to pieces in the ring before saluting in the Westspeed 3YO HCP 1200m by a half head, before punters again buried the Bookies in the Golden River Developments HCP 1600m – supporting Magna Cat ($5.00 – $3.50) heavily prerace to collect following a half-length winning result.
And down to the last – with fists full of currency – Keepers Court ($3.40 fav) became the punters final scalp – prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths in the Schweppes HCP 1600m to the cheers of the crowd.
A comprehensive victory for the punter – a horror story for the Bookie – as the painful memories of those two lost weekends fade into the distance.
The Hoops / Trainers
Apprentice jockey Alex Hearn secured a riding double aboard Brave Prince and Magna Cat, while the trainers shared the spoils.
Blackie bounced back to his best spruiking Back To A Walk ($1.65 fav), Miss Rose De Lago ($2.30 fav) and Keepers Court ($3.40 fav) amongst his winning chances, together with a $150.20 trifecta in the fifth and the $729.50 quaddie.
On the east coast, Shane had another great weekend on the punt, finding Devine Calling ($3.30 fav) at Moonee Valley on Friday night and his best at Rosehill Champagne Cath ($8.00), before landing the quaddie at Eagle Farm that paid a whopping $1209.90.
The Black Book
The run of Little Shadow in the opener was superb – it will definitely be winning again soon.