Punters confused? Foreshore

By Tony White

Supporters of Grafton-trained Foreshore didn't know whether to laugh or cry after the gelding's remarkable win at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Trained by Greg Howells, Foreshore came from a near impossible task on straightening to get up in the final bound out wide.

Ridden by Matthew Pagent, Foreshore (Sandpit-Sionosa), a full-brother to Howells smart mare Sandy Shore, officially started at $20.

There were plenty of Howells' supporters at Grafton races on Saturday who hooped and hollered when the three-year-old saluted in the Oyster Cove Resort Maiden.

The cheers nd hysteria however were later well and truly doused when successful punters went to collect, particularly those who backed Foreshore with bookmakers.

Unfortunately the $1.50 favourite Rasmussen and $8.00 chance Conquito Rose were scratched at the barriers.

Under the rules of racing Gold Coast stewards ordered a massive 74 cents win, and 39 cents a place deduction from the face value of winning tickets with the bagmen. That roughly amounts to nearly 80 per cent less than what would have been collected.

Amazingly, despite the scratchings being adjusted on the NSW tote pool for the race, Foreshore paid $15.80 a win and $4.50 a place for each one dollar investment.

"I had fifty bucks each way with a bookmaker and nearly fell over when I collected," one punter at Grafton lamented. "I just couldn't believe it.

"It's like backing a winner, but getting robbed in the same process.

"Fortunately my mate had the same each way on the tote and he's laughing. At least he shouted."

The punter's story was similar to many other's at the track.



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