Gibbo’s wrap up

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Well those who followed the quadrella selections in “The Punt” guide yesterday it was a heartbreaking end to the day! The five horses we had were worth between $2200 up to Primed which was $13,000 if you had it for 100%. At the end of the day that’s racing, and this section is to wrap up what happened.

The day started in a strange fashion when the well backed Devil Heart went bush before the home turn, stumbled and run to the outside fence. We then moved onto the second race and the first upset of the day with odds on pop Rundle getting nosed out by Racing Heart in a great finish.

There are a lot of blackbookers from the day and of course I will get to them through the week, so be sure to check in and put them in your book. But the biggest talking points were the two rides from Chris Munce on a couple of favourites that both got narrowly beaten, and many punters were fuming about them. I have received a lot of questions from punters, and they have asked for my point of view on the rides, so here we go.

Let me start by saying as most of you would know I am not one to knock a jockey for the sake of it. The ride in the last on Thefifthhole had punters pulling their hair out, however on doing the replay I don’t feel the ride was bad at all. Yes he went out hard and led by four lengths, but that is how the horse races best. It led similarly last start when it was dominant and I believe it is a horse that if you try to hold it up in a race it can play up like a second hand motorbike and has a mind of it’s own.  I do understand what punters were thinking, but I am happy enough with the ride and he was only two strides off winning.

The Munce ride on Carry Me Bluey is a whole other case. We do not know what was said by connections/trainer to Munce and he may have been riding to instructions, but why they continue to take off so far out has me stumped? Chris was also on the horse last start and took off at the 600m on that occasion also, but at that easier level the horse was able to win. This week he was sitting outside Fillydelphia and was travelling well. Surely he could have held the horse up for as long as he wanted, and we know he sprints really well when let down and would not have been run down if that was the case. One thing you can guarantee is that using the horse up 3,4 or 5 wide around the corner as they have its last three runs is a great way to ‘gut’ the horse and often leads to the paddock.

I’m sure that Munce would put his hand up and say he would do it different if he had the ride again, but I think we should cut him some slack on the ride in the last as that is simply Thefifthhole’s racing style.

At the end of the day the jockeys are human, not machines and mistakes will be made from time to time (hopefully just not all the time). It’s all a part of this great thing we love called racing. And as much as it fires you up sometimes, you just have to shrug it off and move on to next week.

*This week on the site we will have our usual blackbookers, and we will catch up with a few top trainers to get some mail from their yards. So make sure you check in and get the latest news from the brissy tracks.

**Not a great day at the Sunshine Coast today, but if you are chasing a tip the one I feel can run well is:

Race 6 no.1 BLACK CASH.