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Ugly sideshow highlights what a mug’s game racing really is

So what have we learnt from this grubby Gai-Singo saga? Not a lot, I would have thought – particularly if  you already subscribe to the view that, as a sport/industry, horse racing’s in terminal decline.

For me — admittedly, having pretty much tuned out from the moment I saw John Singleton jibbering away on TV – about all it’s done is underscored what an absolute mug’s game betting on four-legged conveyances really is*.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a punt – and, yes, we even encourage it on this very website. But I mean having an “educated” sports bet; not buying a ticket in some shady racetrack lottery.

(* With due respect to our fearless tipster/punter YT).

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Whether you like a flutter on the footy or prefer to restrict yourself to one of those ubiquitous tipping comps, you’d be travelling pretty well at the moment if AFL’s your go … and you’ve been religiously following YT’s tips.

 Claiming a clean sweep (9/9) last week may not have been such a big deal considering the match-ups, but our man also jagged two multi-pronged multis — with margins. And, at 45/54 for the season to date, we reckon he’d take some topping.

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You might not have agreed with my left-field suggestion that Israel Folau could be Wallaby outside centre material, but, after his consummate display against the hapless Southern Kings, you’d have to at least concede he’s looking more and more a shoo-in for a Test role somewhere against the British and Irish Lions.

Meanwhile, sadly, the enigma that’s Kurtley Beale is beginning to look more and more a shoo-in for the scrapheap.

— Peter Thomson

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4 Responses to Ugly sideshow highlights what a mug’s game racing really is

  • JUlie Thomson says:

    You didn’t always think this way, Pete. It was a joint win on a double at Beaudesert Races 1975 that brought us together.

    • Admin says:

      Thanks for the reminder, Julie. Considering that was also probably the last time I managed to jag a double, thanks, too, for strengthening my case!

  • Leo says:

    Yes, Pete, betting on horse racing has always been a mug’s game if you’re trying to do it to make money or, worse, a living. Same with betting on any sport.
    But the current soap opera featuring “Gai” and “Singo” is great publicity for the sport. Just another indicator to the great unwashed that all the top people get into horse racing.
    I took the time, out of my busy schedule, to watch a couple of rugby matches this weekend.
    Forget O’Connor with that hair cut. Clearly, anyone who’d countenance a haircut like that doesn’t have the nous to play five-eighths for the Wallabies. But Berrick Barnes does.
    Sheehan at half, Barnes at first five, Genia and Cooper on the wings. Your mate there somewhere. Sort the rest out yourself.

  • Admin says:

    What can I say. Leo, other than …. you’ve excelled yourself. Genia and Cooper on the wings? Priceless!

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