Hugh Bowman has Shot at Group 1 Double at Randwick This Saturday
We just completed a little bookie shopping, looking for a price on Winx better than the $1.08 Ladbrokes had posted.
We visited TAB.com.au and found their generosity underwhelming, as they were offering $1.09 with less than a day before the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600 m w.f.a.) jumps at Randwick.
Thanks TAB, except for the part about making it devilishly complicated to find the race. Even after we got the meeting up, the website did not identify the races by name when we hovered our mouse over the race number. Fortunately, we knew the Chipping was the sixth race.
Neds has the exact same $1.09 price as TAB.
Both Neds and Ladbrokes had an appealing market for the race that will permit punters to bet on the race with Winx eliminated from the market.
Neds had a Winx – Triple The Winnings offer, but as you might suspect, there was a key limitation of once per customer with a maximum stake of $50. We plugged $50 into the bet slip, expecting to see an estimated return of three times the $54.50 the normal market would offer, but $50 on the Triple The Winnings showed the same $54.50 return.
What up with that Neds?
We usually do not go this deep when looking at upcoming races.
We do typically complain about the Ladbrokes website, but it is a slice on banana cream pie compared to the TAB website.
Neds looked nice, but our inability to simply see the 3x return for the Triple The Winnings market was something we found disturbing. We are an old-fashioned lot and think that since it is us spending the money, we deserve transparency. Not knowing the return from the special market had us quickly bidding adieu to Neds.
In the end, we skipped the Chipping and had a look at the next race, the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400 m). That one had some respectable potential returns with Fiesta ($5) as the favourite, along with Nakeeta Jane and Pohutukawa at $5.50.
Our strategy offered two potential pitfalls.
There are 15 runners in the Surround Stakes for one and the race may be delayed if they have to wait for Hugh Bowman to return Winx to the paddock and take his seat on Fiesta for two.
Hopefully, Bowman does not return heavy from the Chipping, but we would like to see him notch a Group 1 double. He will need a little racing luck to do so. Fiesta is as wide as they get in the barriers and anything can happen in a three-year-old filly race.