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Brain Game – Or Drain Game?

First timers knock Scottsville Bipot for six

Bipot punters suffered a knockout body blow at Scottsville in the fourth race on Wednesday when unraced horses filled the first two places.

The exotic minimum dividend rocketed from R8 to R111 thanks to an impressive debut win by Sean Tarry’s Last Of A legend who accounted for the relatively unfancied Mr Fitz, a son of Bold Silvano who jumped from the widest of the draw on his 1400m debut.

Over 380 000 Jackpot combinations were in the bin after the opening leg.

The 5-1 Last Of A Legend, a really handsome son of Horse Chestnut, had won his four horse barrier trial on 30 December on the Greyville poly.

This barrier trial could not be traced on the Gold Circle website.

The 44-1 Mr Fitz had run over 7 lengths back on his mostly uninspiring Greyville poly barrier trial on 30 November.

Here’s his trial:

This is what the official first-timer/rested horses comments said:


3 DOUBLE GEMINI S W Humby: No comment given

9 LAST OF THE LEGEND S G Tarry: No comment given

11 MR FITZ S W Humby: No comment given

Sometimes it’s a guessing game – well done to the guys who found one of the unraced runners in the Bipot and Jackpot.

We will continue to campaign for more transparency.

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7 comments on “Brain Game – Or Drain Game?

  1. Editor says:

    The 6-1 first-timer Star Vega wins fifth
    See barrier trial on 16 December – commentator says not being asked to do too much

    Whats point of Barrier Trial?

  2. Leon Smuts says:

    These things happen but is the exact scenario that can be avoided with products designed to be more punter friendly. A few people might have had these selections, some with some knowledge and others with luck or a larger wallet and a feeling but good luck to them. For the rest however it means bowing out and no further entertainment from the specific exotic. This is unfortunately not what is needed when we want to create lasting new interest as maximum exposure and greater enjoyment from the game is what will lock in new players for longer which is a prerequisite in developing skill. There is a place for these types of games but more games are needed that will accelerate skills development and offer better value for money entertainment. Skill is a fundamental requirement to win more regularly and for longer term participation. Even experienced players can become despondent and disillusioned when a lack of information or frequent rough results eliminate them on a regular basis from their favourite exotics.

  3. Ian Jayes says:

    In the Netherlands first timers do not count in exotic bets.

  4. Malcolm Draper says:

    One doesn’t have to rely on trainer’s comments if you are on course. I saw the hot favourite Pollard sweating up and looking anxious. I left him out, he came 9th which knocked many punters out. Sean and Shane’s first timers looked calm, collected, ripe and ready. I took a swinger on them which paid R90. Bill Lambert gave me a slap for knocking him out.

  5. Sanjay says:

    The dreaded 4th race syndrome has struck punters once again at Scottsville (06/02/2019) where the 2 horses with the most diabolical form filled up the 1st 2 positions just confirming that this game has very little to do with intelligence. It is all about satisfying one’s inclination to behave in a stupid way just because of the love for the game of horse racing. It is quite amusing to watch the Tellytrack presenters deliberate over the form of horses to provide a dismal tipping service that seems to be commonly accepted as the worse guide to structure your bets. I am sure that the tipsters themselves are just using these tips to misinform punters so that the pools are inflated to benefit those who have “inside” information. Please rather focus on the parade ring and the horses as they move to the start and provide the punters with a full screen view rather than a split screen that is taken up by the pathetic tipping service provided by Tellytrack.

  6. Mr Q says:

    Sporting Post should run a competition to rate the Tipsters / Presenters
    Most of them don’t really study the form and just read the order of the betting in their selections !
    Surely there are better people out there ?

  7. Jay Akkiah says:

    Presenters should only give the comments from the trainers and not give their selections in that way the punter has his own discretion. Normally they just readout from the Computer form

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