There are still some characters at the racetrack. From Randwick on Saturday...
Was sitting in the grandstand 15 mins or so before the Derby, and I couldn't help but notice a bunch of 3 or 4 guys in the front row - there's only about 4 rows, so they were quite close. They were middle-aged, possibly country gents, wearing ties because they had to. There were $50 notes going back and forth, and soon one of the team headed up the stairs, presumably to have a bet. I thought no more of it.
Race is over, Tavago wins at long odds, and once again my attention was drawn to the fellows up front. Joy aplenty, I assumed they'd backed Tavago. I went back to the bar area and did what punters usually do.
About 10 mins later, I came across one of the punting team from out front. He was there clutching a number of schooners, in animated conversation with another acquaintance. I didn't hear all what was said, but I got the idea that the group had taken a quaddie and had put Tavago in their picks - "so and so didn't wanna be in but he put in $50 and we got Tavago!!" He was going on. "Mate, we're gonna win
thousands. We got three in the Sprint, Winx, and the FIELD!!! in the last." He couldn't contain his joy. I thought to myself, "I wouldn't book the overseas trip just yet, mate."
Anyway, we now know that Chataqua won - I assume the boys had him - as did Winx, and they got the bolter up in the last.
Have no idea what % they'd taken, but with a divvy north of $50k, I could only imagine what sort of night was had in Sydney Town. Hopefully they got paid by cheque.
Good to see these sorts of guys get results.