Rob Heathcote has no idea who is behind a mystery Saturday betting plonk on one of his new gallopers but says backers could be in for a nervous time.
Tab.com.au’s Glenn Munsie reports ex-Pat Webster mare East Asia is off the map from $8 to $3.90 to win her first start for Heathcote at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
There have been plenty of four-figure bets, most of which in a 15-minute period on Wednesday.
Big go @tabcomau for ex P Webster East Ocean now Rob Heathcote @BrisRacingClub#EagleFarm Sat. $8-$3.90 so far with bets $1,000 e/w @ $8, $1,000 @ $7.50, $500 @ $7, $1,000 e/w @ $6, $1,000 @ $6, $4,250 @ $5, $1,500 @ $4.80, $500 @ $4.60, $600 @ $4.20 @[email protected]_nathan
Four-year-old East Asia had her last run for the now-retired Group 1-winning trainer Webster at Rosehill last November, finishing third in the same BM72 grade she will run in on Saturday.
Heathcote insists his stable is not behind the betting move.
The 11-time Group 1-winning trainer believes her right price on Saturday is somewhere between $6 and $8 and said the punters who have backed could know their fate before the race is run.
“She is a bit of a nervous and anxious mare, so pre-race is going to be interesting how she behaves,” Heathcote said.
“Whoever has backed her is going to be doing some sweating because she will be doing some sweating.
“I have had her at the jumpouts twice and she has been very nervous, she has gone OK but hasn’t set the world on fire.
“Someone has had a big go but it’s not stable inspired.
“While there may be some nervous moments, I still expect her to race well.”
Ipswich Turf Club Operator Tim Dunn says Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown is another hit to racing operations which have been “severely dented” by multiple lockdowns. “We…
Ipswich Turf Club Operator Tim Dunn says Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown is another hit to racing operations which have been “severely dented” by multiple lockdowns. “We’ve been treading water for quite a long period of time,” he said. “With the racing industry we do earn money from the wagering groups that go through and have races happen and we’ve been able to fund the prize money that goes to participants, so they’ve been well serviced. “However, our operations have been severely dented on a number of occasions, significantly Saturday of January where we had that other mini lockdown, this lockdown as well. “We can’t have people come into the hospitality operations … we just want them along to buy a beer and a pie, come and support the race club. “With that then comes employment and … gives you that community confidence where people will again come back to the racetrack and be socially safe with COVID, but we’ve got the facilities to do it. “So it’s just about getting people along in this environment."
Originally published asHeathcote taken aback by plunge on stable debutant
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