Rings Bookmakers Abandoning New Eagle Farm Crying Poor

Were he dead, Big Bill Waterhouse would be rolling over in his grave at the state of affairs that currently exists with the rails bookmakers at even the long-established metropolitan tracks.

Anyone who bothered to show up at Eagle Farm on Saturday that had previous experience with the way the old guard used to do things would have discovered that finding anyone populating the bookies rings would have required more effort than handicapping the races.

Some of the regular bookmakers at Eagle Farm thought it would be more profitable to field at Kilcoy for a six-race country meeting than at Queensland’s premier metropolitan racecourse.

Those who did field were in for a rude surprise when War Baby was backed from $31 into $13. The longshot winner paid only $11.90 on the UBET tote, but punters putting on wagers with rings bookmakers had got in at a much more lucrative price.

The fluc on War Baby shortened every few minutes ahead of the race and seems uncannily as though jockey Amelia Denby on a long shot was an omen of sorts.

Much hay has been made about the “new and improved” surface of the recently renovated Eagle Farm is heavy to the extent that all form considerations are useless or worse.

The prevailing sentiment of Eagle Farm punters is to back horses that have won on the new track, such as when Anton En Avant was the only previous winner since the new track made its debut and saw the odds back from $10 into $7.

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