By Brent Zerafa
March 01, 2009 12:00am
THE temperature soared at Rosehill yesterday but it had nothing on the heated exchange between two leading bookmakers in the betting ring.
While they didn't trade blows, rails bookies Robbie Waterhouse and Michael Eskander let their emotions fly after race three. Punters stood in amazement as they witnessed Waterhouse and Eskander trade verbal blows in front of Eskander's stand. While it was unclear what triggered the outburst, it is understood there is bad blood between the pair dating back to bets wagered on the US election. Waterhouse, who is positioned at the opposite end of the ring, confirmed the altercation had taken place but did not want to comment about the reasons behind the outburst. Eskander, a Melbourne-based bookmaker who only recently gained a licence to operate on the rails in Sydney, also opted to keep details of the incident close to his chest but said he did not wish to do any further business with the Waterhouse family. Racing NSW steward Marc Van Gestel said he was unware of the incident and that nothing had been reported.