Stakes Day: Flemington Spring Carnival day four: Mandela Effect wins
Tough start to the day for one punter who blew $60,000 on a TAB bundle bet on the four most favoured horses to win race 2 at Flemington only to see all of them finish out of the placings.
The punter took the odds of $1.08 for any of Wetakemanhattan ($5), Lucky For All ($6), Grinzinger Star ($3) or Starcaster ($5) to win the race.
But Savvy Oak ($19) finished over the top of the field to take out the race, leaving the punter seriously out of pocket.
The punter couldn’t even manage one of his selections finishing in the top 3, as Saddle The Sun ($15) and El Don ($31) filled the placings.
And it didn’t end there with the same punter blowing $75,000 on Santa Ana Lane the place and a further $24,000 the win in the Group 1 Sprint Classic.
Those two losses came after he clawed back some cash with $60,000 at $1.22 on True Self to place. True Self won the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes quite easily.
It was first blood to Tassie on Stakes Day as talented five-year-old gelding Mandela Effect held off Godolphin’s fast-finishing Ranier to take out the Cup Week Radio Trophy at Flemington.
Tasmanian trainer Scott Brunton couldn’t have been more pleased with the result, saying he once thought Mandela Effect was the best horse in his stable — until his new star The Inevitable took the next leap.
“He’s a great horse,” Brunton said of Mandela Effect.
“He does a terrific job. I once said that he was my best but I think The Inevitable has taken over that crown. He tries hard, it’s good to see him pull it out.”
Mandela Effect ($4.80) was always handy, while Ranier ($4.80) was always a long way back before launching late to finish a short-head away from the winner.
“I didn’t cheer, I didn’t barrack,” he said. “I had my heart in my mouth the whole way. I thought he was going to get picked up.
“He (James McDonald) probably rode him a little closer than what I would’ve liked and they went pretty quick. I noticed Ranier … tailed out the back. I just thought that we might be a sitting shot but he got the job done.”
McDonald said: ““It felt like every time he felt the other horses coming he surged again.”
“It’s good to get a winner to kick the day off. I’ve got nice chances all day. I reckon Kings Will Dream will run really well (in the Mackinnon Stakes).”
LUCK’S A FORTUNE
It really is a numbers game with one punter getting a home a first four dividend in excess of $26,000 in the Matriarch Stakes after a blowout result.
Oceanex took out the Matriarch Stakes from fellow outsiders Miss Siska and Aristocratic Miss.
VIC TAB – First 4 (Matriarch Stakes)
WHAT A CORKER
The hands shakes and backslaps from trainers and connections as he walked out of Flemington for the final time as a rider was an emotional exit for Stephen Baster.
After 28 years in the saddle Baster, a 12-time Group 1 winner, enjoyed a champagne shower from his fellow jockeys after his last-ever ride at headquarters.
But that, and a lot of kind words, were the only presents he got from his colleagues who weren’t prepared to accommodate the perfect exit with a win.
“Nope, they didn’t get out of my way during the race,” the ever-smiling 44-year-old said.
“But there has been plenty of kind words, which is nice.
“I’m still going to be hanging around too, I’ll be doing some stuff for the jockey’s association and I’ll be here for the big days, but just not with my riding gear.”
Baster, who rode more than 1200 winners during his career, is embarking on a career in real estate, after one more meeting at Sandown next Saturday, his final send-off.
With Russell Gould
Originally published as Punter in hurt locker after series of huge losses