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Carnival wrap-up

November 9th, 2013 0 comments

Leaving Flemington I was asked whether I had a successful carnival. I replied that I was very successful, were you? And the answer? No, not on the punt, but very successful socially. And that made me realise why I was successful. I am anti-social! Thirty-seven races and only twelve bets for the week, six winning place bets, one winning each-way, and three losers. Plus two successful lays. I missed another lay on the favourite in the VRC Sprint Classic, Lucky Nine, who was cribbing, or chewing on the woodwork, in his stall. This is rarely seen at the track since most strappers would take the horse in hand. I managed a decent video which joins my Youtube collection. I was so busy patting myself on the back about the video that I forgot to lay it!



And I got another good video on Cup Day of Rose Pattern performing an intriguing and repetitive lip stereotypy.



I didn’t bet in the Stakes mainly because the favourite Boban looked terrific but had the cross-over noseband, so I left it alone. Saved myself for Sertorius and Longport  in the last two races to go out on a high for the week. Did you see my favourite horse Rockpecker go around?  Ten years old, but it wouldn’t be the last race on the card of the Flemington carnival without him! And at least he gets $1200 appearance money for finishing ninth at 100/1.



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