Punters who backed the $ 1.60 favourite Posseidon in race two at the Yarra Valley trots on Monday have found yet another cruel way to do their dough, with the serial galloper sensationally disqualified despite gapping his rivals early in the straight.
Posseidon was home for all money until he broke stride 200m out, sending racecaller Dan Mielecki into some sort of a spin:
“Oh it’s galloped! Posseidon’s galloped! It’s gonna be an adventure and a half here. It’s gonna still win it but it’s galloped all the way up the straight – goodness gracious me! Posseidon. Wow!”
Despite holding a fast-reducing margin over his rivals at the finish, the post-race saw Posseidon disqualified for failing to comply with the rules of Australian Harness Racing.
The “galloper” was disqualified under rule 155. (1) of the Australian Harness Racing Rules, which stipulates that disqualification can follow:
‘If a horse breaks gait during a race and the Stewards are of the opinion that the horse thereby gained ground or maintained its ground or caused interference to or obtained an advantage to the detriment of another runner.’
The debate in social media circles was heated as to whether the trotter had gained or held its ground, but rules are rules. And that’s small consolation for punters who backed Posseidon – and had no doubt begun spending the money in their head!
As staggering as it was to see a hot-pot cough up a lead like that, those familiar with Posseidon may not have been altogether surprised…
Yes, the horse in fact galloped at the exact same spot at his previous start, the key difference being that on that occasion he was destined to run a clear second, which helped mitigate the damage done.
And if you think that’s bad, it actually gets much, much worse. After today’s effort Posseidon has now galloped at his past five starts, having being sent out at odds of $ 1.60, $ 2.50, $ 1.20, $ 2.80 and $ 4.20.
For backers that were unaware of his serial-galloping, Monday’s watch must have been as painful as they come, but those who knew of Posseidon’s antics and backed him anyway are simply gluttons for punishment and probably got what was coming to them…