By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
BOOKMAKERS at Grafton yesterday were not cheering after King Rex ($9.50) won the Qantaslink Ramornie Hcp (1200m).
Bookmakers said that while there were no big bets on the winner, there was a flood of money from smaller punters which gave most bookmakers a bad result on the race. And that was despite some big bets on the favourite Mastermind.
Rails bookmaker Wayne McDonald said there has been a constant flow of money for the winner.
"There were no big bets but the smaller ones just kept coming and coming," he said. "In fact our turnover today surprised me. I worked the first day of the Wagga carnival and thought it was pretty big, but this was bigger."
Terry O'Shea said that while his turnover from cash betting was down, his turnover on credit betting was up.
"A lot of the professional punters are in Grafton this year," he said.
"I laid $6000 to $2000 on Mastermind and quite a few other sizeable bets."