Reckon you’ve had a bad year on the punt? Well we’ve found 10 ill-informed mad-men that are sure to provide some satisfying relief from perhaps a slight error in judgment within the last 12 months. This year has seen a casual Friday night at the Valley result in the a substantial loss for one punter, while perhaps the worst place bet of all time was put on during Queensland’s Winter Carnival.
We have tracked down a replay for each race to put yourself in the unfortunate punter’s shoes. Sit back, relax and enjoy our Top 10 worst bets of 2018!
10. Trapeze Artist – $30,000 @ $5.00 (TAB)
Dragged through the mud with 61 kg and put in a massive effort to finish 3rd before he was outgunned by Santa Ana Lane and Shoals next start. Though displaying a massive effort, he was never going to catch Redzel in the Everest.
Richie's repeat – re-live the 2018 #TheEverest as Redzel goes back-to-back in Australia's richest race @royalrandwick for @SnowdenRacing1 @TripleCrownSynd & @KPMcEvoy . Can he make it three in 2019? @tabcomau @SkyRacingAU @7horseracing pic.twitter.com/xmaGCAFSxi
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) December 30, 2018
9. US Navy Flag – $30,000 @ $8.00 (TAB)
Oh no. Didn’t handle the ground in the Everest and punters were quick to forgive. His overseas form warranted a big performance in the Manikato Stakes however was just never in it.
8. US Navy Flag – $30,000 @ $7.00 (TAB)
The same bet, only this one was slightly worse because they took unders. Whoops.
— Racing.com (@Racing) October 26, 2018
7. Redzel – $32,000 @ $3.00 (Sportsbet)
The criminal. In fact a serial offender in 2018 with some big betters putting all their confidence in the 2-time Everest winner. $32,000 was placed on him to win the VRC Sprint Classic during the Spring Carnival, however he just couldn’t dictate and was well beaten. $32,000 also seems an odd amount of money, I probably wouldn’t go for a beer with this person.
Santa Ana Lane reigns supreme!
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) November 10, 2018
6. Written By – $40,000 @ $4.00 (TAB)
Well clearly the script for the day wasn’t written by this punter, it went horribly wrong. After recording back-to-back wins and coming off a 1.25L demolition job in the Group 3 Blue Sapphire, Written By just couldn’t outlast Sunlight down the drag car track at Flemington in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
AMAZING. Sunlight has defeated the boys in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes! pic.twitter.com/FyjckRHKfX
— Racing.com (@Racing) November 3, 2018
5. Pleasuring – $40,000 @ $2.00 (TAB)
Most people would be flat out having their first beer by the time race 2 at The Valley jumped on Manikato Stakes night, this TAB customer must’ve got a bit carried away after his first one and decided to launch into the Weir odds-on pop. Back Weir drink beer to drown your sorrows champion.
— Racing.com (@Racing) October 26, 2018
4. Benbatl – $45,000 @ $10.00 (Sportsbet)
Should be number 1. On what planet was Benbatl going to beat Winx. Let’s relive her 4th straight Cox Plate win.
🙌 Cox GREAT 🙌
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) October 27, 2018
3. Redzel – $50,000 @ $1.80 (Sportsbet)
Not again. A usually dominant first-up Redzel left this Sportsbet customer 50 big boys out of pocket, run down late by a flying Redkirk Warrior at Flemington. It was the classy sprinter’s first start since winning the Darley Classic at the same track at the end of 2017.
"I just can't wait to read his sectionals."
David Hayes pulls off an incredible training feat. Ridden cold, blinkers go on and Redkirk Warrior TRUMPS them all in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. pic.twitter.com/7sQ866PI0h
— Racing.com (@Racing) February 17, 2018
2. Redzel – $150,000 place only @ $1.23 (TAB)
‘Tactical punting’ gone wrong, what are the chances of running 4th when you put a place bet on? 9 times out of 10 according to the vast majority of hard done by punters. This is reckless bet.
She's back 🇬🇧🇬🇧
English does battle with Le Romain & Redzel coming to line, but fights on to prevail in the final strides and take out the 2018 running of the Doomben 10,000. What a race to return to winning ways! pic.twitter.com/1Tx5wdF6Ib
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) May 12, 2018
1. Yucatan – $150,000 each way @ $6.00/2.25 (TAB)
If I had a spare $300,000 I probably wouldn’t gamble it on the hardest sporting event to pick the outcome on the planet the Melbourne Cup. Terrible watch for favourite backers non-the-less. This thrill seeker hasn’t gone home empty handed however, their thoughtless and irresponsible behaviour earning them the number 1 position on our Top 10 worst bets of 2018.
— Godolphin (@godolphin) December 30, 2018