October 1, 2021, 11:38 a.m.
October is here and with it the Friday edition of Punt Drunk! We have four Group 1 races on Saturday afternoon to grit our teeth as a number of horses try to stamp their claims for some of the big races this spring will take.
Massive betting action in The Metropolitan
The Metropolitan Handic – is one of four Group 1 races that will be held across the country tomorrow. Five-year-old Zeyrek received a lot of support ahead of his first Group 1 competition, but since arriving on these shores, he has had a number of bad performances to overcome.
The French gallop had four starts here and is no better than the fourth. He also has to make up for a two-time loss to She’s Ideel, Montefilia and Entente, all of which he meets here again. He’ll be walking around on his back weighing just 50kg, but considering he opened a $ 81 shot and is now on the fourth betting line, plenty of eyes and purses will be on the jump horse.
Melbourne Cup runner-up comes under the hammer
Where to find Tiger Moth for this year’s Melbourne Cup (race photos)
After Twilight Payment won the 2020 Melbourne Cup, online bookmakers quickly opened futures markets for the 2021 edition, which installed Tiger Moth as the $ 15 favorite for the race. Almost 12 months later, that same runner will go under the hammer at the Tattersalls Autumn Horse in Training Sale in Newmarket later this month.
Since falling half a length behind in the Melbourne Cup, Tiger Moth has had a start and was beaten 21 lengths in Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup (2100m) on May 23 at Curragh. It’s a remarkable fall for a horse who jumped as a $ 6.50 runner-up favorite in one of the world’s greatest races. Thoughts and prayers are with the stupid gamblers who took in the $ 15 on the futures markets just hours after the 2020 Melbourne Cup.
Anyone fancy a few beers in Flemington?
Speaking of the Melbourne Cup, it is becoming more and more likely that some kind of audience will be present on all four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The Victoria Racing Club has put an idea to the Victorian government to receive 11,500 patrons each day of Carnival, starting with PRC Derby Day on October 30th.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no crowds for a Melbourne Cup since the day Vow And Declare won in 2019, but that may change. While expected to be a members only event, don’t give up hope for the Melbourne Cup Day beers in Flemington!
Racing tips on Friday – October 1st, 2021
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