Gotta Hunch, Betta Bunch

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 21, 2008 in General Discussion, News | No Comments >>

Australian Horse of the Year, Weekend Hustler, won his seventh G-1 event in the last 13 months. He took the race by 3/4 of a length and added a purse of $294,061 to his credit. The best part about the race, was that a big punter bet a cool $1 million dollars to win on this runner.

Talk about having a great day. He was making the bookmakers a bit nervous, but they have said that he has made significant wagers like this in the past.

Weekend Hussler made his fourth start in five weeks since a layoff of nearly four months, as trainer Ross McDonald is preparing the bay Hussonet gelding for a demanding stretch. This has been quite a busy schedule, and winning by a short margin of 3/4 of a length is enough to make you get a little lump in your throat. But something tells me this punter has been there before.

He stalked the pace from three wide under Brad Rawiller in the 1,800-meter (8.95-furlong) race as Maldivian set the pace. Maldivian edged away approaching the straight as Weekend Hussler accelerated into second, and the pacesetter spurted to a comfortable advantage. Weekend Hussler responded eagerly when roused by Rawiller and made up ground with an explosive burst of speed to surge past Maldivian, en route to victory as the heavy favorite. “Going around to the gates he’s not 100% there yet but looks a million dollars,” Rawiller told “This was a good field but once again he’s out on top.”

Lucky wager.. A million bucks is a lot of dough. I am glad to see the whales are alive and active in racing.