Rosehill 19 May 2018

Rosehill 19 May 2018

When I was growing up, in our handicap races, the average handicap limit was once around 47kg. Now you rarely see horses in handicap races with under 54kg. In 1969, Rain Lover won the Melbourne Cup with 60.5kg (adjusted for the metric era). He was the top weight and deserved the weight. However the bottom weight in this particular edition of the Melbourne Cup was a horse named Wyscan who carried just 44kg. Continue reading “Rosehill 19 May 2018”

Controversial Australian Cup protest could be costly for Awesome Rock’s connections


Nothing arouses punters’ feelings more than a controversial protest. Racing people still discuss with great vigour the Nausori-Big Philou Caulfield Cup protest (some wags say Roy Higgins should have been given an Academy Award) and the Stylish Century-Dulcify AJC Derby objection. Continue reading “Controversial Australian Cup protest could be costly for Awesome Rock’s connections”

Delay of the day: Sky pause gives some punters an edge

A full-time punter (I hate the phrase ‘‘professional punter’’) has done a statistical study showing an overwhelming correlation of the last tote update (which happens about 40 seconds after the jump) and ‘‘events’’ in the first few seconds of the races. In other words, if a horse gets a ‘‘fly’’ at the start, its projected dividend dips. If a favoured horse ‘‘blows’’ the start, everything else ‘‘tightens’’ and the slow-away horse ‘‘eases’’ slightly in the tote approximates.
It is important to remind ourselves, under the governmentrequired rules for the TAB, all ‘‘parimutual’’ betting must close no later than precisely when the race actually starts. Not doing so would put the TAB’s government licence in jeopardy. The starter’s button used to be connected to the tote – when he pushed his button, the tote shut down instantaneously. Now, it appears to be done manually by someone watching Sky Channel. The difficulty with any manual method, however, is that there is a slight signal delay with the Sky picture. Progress isn’t always positive. Continue reading “Delay of the day: Sky pause gives some punters an edge”

Racing administrators look like they’ve given up with ‘on-course’ punters


Racing administrators seem to have given up with “on course” punters. They appear to be resigned to “betting ring” habituates trending to extinction. When a punter takes some time off from going to the races and they return, they mutter things like “it’s better at home, you know more about what is going on”. Continue reading “Racing administrators look like they’ve given up with ‘on-course’ punters”