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Offline Magiciansmask

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O.P. « 2009-Feb-25, 08:27 PM »
Would be interesting to hear how we all got started in the enigmatic world of the punt. Share your first gambling experience with this great forum please.

Mine was simple.... i grew up in a family where greyhounds and punting was daily life. I put my first bet on a dog named Hua to win the warragul cup and it won....  :lol:  We were on holidays in kyneton and mum was at the laundry mat with a tab next door.. $15 on the nose and my first collect from first bet.... i was hooked...  :lol:  

Have sucked at it ever since..but i live in hope    :lol:

4/4/1989 it was... i was 11. No wonder mum had to put it on    :lol:
« Last Edit: 2009-Feb-25, 08:32 PM by Magiciansmask »

Offline westie

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« 2009-Feb-25, 08:38 PM Reply #1 »
My introduction to the track was selling the now defunct Brisbane Telegraph newspaper (which contained the green racing pages) at the 'Flat' entrance at Doomben back in 1964. We used to get to the selling point around 9.ooam and have bicycle races down a side street for one shilling winner takes all.  A few years later I would start a cadetship as a snapper on the same paper and did a stint photographing yealings up on the Downs for the papers supplement. 

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« 2009-Feb-25, 08:55 PM Reply #2 »
Dad used to take me to Harold Park every so often to watch the dogs, he'd place 25c (think that was the unit then?) each way  :sweat: on the colour I liked.

When I was about 15, a few mates used to jump on the train to Rosehill and have our $1 & $2 bets.

Offline jayjones1

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« 2009-Feb-26, 07:14 AM Reply #3 »
used to go to the pub for dinner then went over to the tab then never left hehe

Offline navajo

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« 2009-Feb-26, 08:32 AM Reply #4 »
I started when I was about 14 or 15 when I use to go from Adelaide to WA to visit my mother.  She was working in the canteen at the Pinjarra trots, so aswell as the free hamburgers and chips I would put my hard earned newspaper seller money on the trots. I then starting going to Globe Derby with a few mates then we progressed to going to the gallop meetings in Adelaide, I have been thrown out of every metropolitan track for under age betting...

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« 2009-Feb-26, 08:36 AM Reply #5 »
I have been thrown out of every metropolitan track for under age betting...

They closed Cheltenham, you weren't thrown out   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:

Offline Da Judge

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« 2009-Feb-26, 09:15 AM Reply #6 »
are you old enough to post on here navajo?

Offline BurntToast

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« 2009-Feb-26, 09:39 AM Reply #7 »
I was about 11 or 12 - my parents went 1/3 in a horse that won its first start for us and went on to win about 10 races at Rockhampton... hard to get off the hook when you win at your first try... a couple of months later was the first time I seriously took an interest in the Melbourne Cup and studied the form, settled on both At Talaq and Rising Fear, got the quinella as easy as you like (how easy was this!).

Whenever we had 'free reading' at school in grade 7, I'd grab either the latest Racetrack magazine or the weekends formguide... and no problem with underage betting at most of the country tracks we went to, the bookies there had no problem taking $1 ew bets off a 12yo lol

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« 2009-Feb-26, 10:08 AM Reply #8 »
 :what: 8)

Offline navajo

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« 2009-Feb-26, 10:16 AM Reply #9 »
are you old enough to post on here navajo?

I'll let u know when I get back from my paper round.....  :biggrin:  :p

Offline OldLarsy

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« 2009-Feb-26, 10:44 AM Reply #10 »
The first I knew my old man bet with an SP was about 1970 when I was 9.
Mum used to get me to go in the kitchen when he was ringing a bet to get the horses name, then listen to it and tell her how it went cause he wouldn't discuss his punting with her.
Win or lose, he would never change his attitude, so she had no idea how he was travelling until I was old enough to understand.
He took me to my first race day, the 1972 Golden Slipper and I vividly remember looking at the race guide and selecting John's Hope.
I've been hooked ever since and probably blown enough to buy 2 houses but who cares, I wouldn't swap it for quids   :biggrin:
« Last Edit: 2009-Feb-26, 11:04 AM by OldLarsy »

Offline shaun

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« 2009-Feb-26, 10:54 AM Reply #11 »
my dad used to take me to the track when i was young with his mates in the days when he was on the drink and the punt.  :lol:
went to Rosehill one day and mum came along and me and mum sat in the old public stand up besides the old comentators box and mum gave me an autograph book and i meet Tappy and he said he was going to name a horse Prince Shaun after me...yeah right.  :lol:
remember seeing Gunsynd and a clash or two with his great rival Triton....ahhh,those were days. :love: 8-)
« Last Edit: 2009-Feb-26, 10:57 AM by shaun »

Offline MagiC~*

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« 2009-Feb-26, 10:59 AM Reply #12 »
It's amazing all the stories on here mostly relate to their fathers taking them to the track ... my story is very similar to everbody elses,

But what amazes me is the attitude some clcubs are taking and an example id that of the Sunshine Coast on Sat. night and not allowing under 18's in.

quite ridiculaous considering everybody who has stuck with the game have all started out going with parents as young kids  :(

Offline Max Manewer

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« 2009-Feb-26, 10:59 AM Reply #13 »
If you have a gambling bug, do your best to get rid of it. Don't get excited when you're winning, nor downcast when you hit a losing run.......just get a lovely inner glow watching your profits build over time..... :bop:

Offline Max Manewer

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:03 AM Reply #14 »
Magic, that's a liquor licensing issue, they don't want underage drinkers jeopardizing their licence and major slice of income.

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:05 AM Reply #15 »
Old Larsy,my dad took me to that same slipper,my first and he backed Johns Hope on the strength that it was a brother to Gunsynd.  :biggrin:

Offline gallopers

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:06 AM Reply #16 »
Started going to the races (ROSEHILL) as a young bloke with dad.
Dad bet on the gallops, trots and dogs so i didnt have much hope.
He purchased every race paper going and had the radio going 24/7 and at 74 yo hes still got the radio going 24/7.
Dad was a typical mug punter, bet on every gallop trot and dog race till he was dusted. Mix in as many beers as he could down and away you go.  emthup
If dad won in the seventies we went out for chinese. We went out about 3 times a year.
Dad taught me some valuble lessons, he worked bloody hard, put food on the table, looked after mum , payed the loans then drunk and gambled his bit.   emthup  to me thats life, provide for your family and enjoy yourself.
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Offline Max Manewer

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:08 AM Reply #17 »
Yeah, shaun ALL grey horses are brothers, except those two you mentioned.  :chin:

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:08 AM Reply #18 »
Good one Gallopers   emthup

Old Larsy,my dad took me to that same slipper,my first and he backed Johns Hope on the strength that it was a brother to Gunsynd.  :biggrin:

How old are you Gunstan? and where did you grow up?

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:10 AM Reply #19 »
Old Larsy,my dad took me to that same slipper,my first and he backed Johns Hope on the strength that it was a brother to Gunsynd.  :biggrin:

Geez Shaun you got some good grounding there .....   :lol:


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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:11 AM Reply #20 »
51,most of my life in St Marys,haven't gone far,in St Clair(nsw) now but have moved around a bit over the years.
mum and dad are still in the same house in St Marys they moved into when i was one.  :biggrin:

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:12 AM Reply #21 »
its obvious that the gambling bug is picked up at an early age so when are the marketing people going to get off their arses  :mad: and realise that day care centres and pre schools are the best places to target  8-)

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:14 AM Reply #22 »
its obvious that the gambling bug is picked up at an early age so when are the marketing people going to get off their arses  :mad: and realise that day care centres and pre schools are the best places to target  8-)

Thanks Gallopers, just came up with a really good busniess model for race tracks, open up schools and daycares in their grounds .....   :lol:

Eagle Farm has lots of spare land, maybe that is what they should be doing with there spare parcels of land   :biggrin:

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:14 AM Reply #23 »
its obvious that the gambling bug is picked up at an early age so when are the marketing people going to get off their arses  :mad: and realise that day care centres and pre schools are the best places to target  8-)

  :lol:   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:

Unfortunately though, those institutions are being targeted by other forms of life these days  emthdown

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« 2009-Feb-26, 11:16 AM Reply #24 »
Good one Gallopers   emthup

How old are you Gunstan? and where did you grow up?

who is gunstan  :what:   :lol:


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