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Sham I Am rolled short priced favourite Sayumi at Moonee Valley

Favourite punters who crunched Sayumi in race 7 at Moonee Valley, (Australia) last night would be one part in disbelief, 2 parts in utter sadness and three parts furiously irate, after Terry Bailey, known infamously for going the ‘early crow’ and getting it horribly wrong produced; arguably one of the worst “Baileyism’s” ever (and that’s saying a lot given his track record OF putting the ‘mock’ on one).

Race favourite Sayumi who was crunched in on track betting, firming from $2.25 to SP $1.95, carried a substantial amount of the punters money – on what had already been a tough night for betting on the program and many saw this as an ideal way to blast themselves out of the hole and back into profitability.

But alas;
About 400m out you could hear the glow in Bailey’s voice as Sayumi (which assumedly….actually knowing Terry, he’d 110% backed it) loomed large around the outside & made rapid progress to get into 2nd place rounding the hone bend.

Bailey hailed Sayumi the winner 200m out and said the mare was whizzing past eventually winner Sham I Am who was a despised 70/1 outsider.

However not only did Sayumi not win, on the replay it’s crystal clear that the heavily backed commodity, in fact never at any stage headed the long shot winner, Sham I Am at any point through the 1200m event.

Terry is a good bloke and very down to Earth – so this isn’t a personal character attack by any means whatsoever, but boy oh boy, for a veteran race caller of 30+ years, plenty of his calls are very inaccurate particularly when he goes the dreaded ‘early crow’ – it’s an absolute kiss of death on many an occasion. Too often in his calls he’s preemptive, which is not the race commentator’s job. The idea is that they simply, to coin an old phrase, “call it as they see it”. No assume that something is going to happen prior too it being so.

Punters who backed it mightn’t see the funny side…but watch the whole 55 second Twitter clip attached and hilariously, as if the call wasn’t comedic entertainment enough (unless you backed the 2nd horse), in the last couple of seconds of the clip, whilst off air, but still being recorded via Sky Channel for their video archive – Bailey can clearly be heard saying “that was shit” 😂

Was he referring to the fact the $1.95 favourite he’d backed got beat by a 70/1 shot by a narrow margin or was he referring to his description of the last 600m off the race and how totally and utterly wrong he called it?

The footage is unedited, people said I cut it to make it sound that way, but if you go onto your TAB app and watch the race replay in yesterday’s results (MV Race 7) in it’s entirety you’ll see it hasn’t been trimmed one bit.

In fairness to Terry, who despite his often dubious calls is an utmost professional TV presenter, so he probably didn’t say “that was shit” and Tab/Sky have made an unfortunate edit of the post race wash up, but the whole affair from the call to the apparent swearing was a circus, that would make Cirque de Soleil blush.

You be the judge…….and post your thoughts below in the comments section!
What did you think of the call?
What do you think of Terry Bailey? Was he swearing on air?

All in all though it was yet Another classic “Baileyism”!!

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