How many times have you lost money on your local goat track, only to renounce the next day that you and country racing are probably best off seeing other people?
Before you give up entirely, allow us to introduce you to our country connoisseur – a man that left several bookies dumbfounded when he landed a stunning five-leg multi across three tracks on Sunday afternoon.
This Ladbrokes punter loaded his final dollar onto five winners across Queenbeyan, Kilmore and Quirindi, returning a mammoth $7,180.80 in a weekend not soon to be forgotten.
We’d like to say some clever form and blackbooking paved the way, but who are we kidding.
Here’s a look at one of the luckiest multi’s we’ve ever seen lob.
Leg 1: Queanbeyan Race 5 – Fly Like An Eagle to Win @ $8.00
With plenty of on offer, our man wasted no time pulling the trigger on the Michael Sparrow-trained Fly Like An Eagle.
The four-year-old jumped on the second line of betting at $8.00 in Sunday’s Class 3 over the 1460m at Queenbeyan, a quote that may have been overs considering he’d won three of his seven runs since returning from a spell.
Like any good multi, it was a nervous wait as jockey Michael Heagney established a spot on the rails before rolling wide coming out of the turn.
Living up to his namesake, Fly Like An Eagle stormed home with a big turn of foot over the final furlong to beat home the short-priced favourite Swilling by half a length – leaving our lucky customer with one giant green tick on his bet-slip.
Leg 2: Queanbeyan Cup – Havaduel to Win @ $8.50
The Queenbeyan Cup (2000m) was the next target for our pony pundit as he loaded into another at each-way odds.
Havaduel was paying a very cool $6.00 to win the Cup, which again looked nice value after the son of Savabeel won back-to-back starts at Moruya earlier in August.
Again, this was another sweat-fest for our man as jockey Blaike McDougall rounded the field midway through to draw a length clear heading into the turn.
The pair seemed to hit a bit of a flat spot at around the 300m mark, only to find something extra to hold off Charlie Royale and the fast-finishing Pecuniary Interest right to the line.
Leg 3: Queanbeyan Race 8 – Kiss My Swiss to Win @ $4.40
Kiss My Swiss was an easy watch on the final race of the day at Queanbeyan.
The five-year-old had won six of her 14 starts coming in and enjoyed a peach of a ride from apprentice Ellen Hennessy to add to that record.
Installed as a $4.40 pop, the pair went straight to the front from the wide gate and proved impossible to run down leading from barrier to box.
Leg 4: Listed Kilmore Cup – Pancho to Win @ $6.00
Chris Waller claimed his first Kilmore Cup with Pancho on Sunday, upsetting the short-priced favourite Tavidance thanks to the brilliance of Craig Williams.
The son of Dissident settled fourth the inside under the experienced hoop before shifting off the fence down the straight to race past Hard Core and win.
It had been over a year between wins for Pancho, so the $6.00 on offer was a nice little odds booster if you had the balls to back him.
Leg 5: Quirindi Race 7 – Meyer to Win @ $4.00
Australian Bloodstock got our man home in the last at Quirindi as the Kris Lees-trained Meyer put her rivals to bed quite comfortably over the mile.
The daughter of Written Tycoon settled just off the speed behind narrow leader Ballast and proved too much over the final furlong winning by a length and a half.
So often we see these multi’s boil down to a nerve-wracking final leg, so it was nice to see this one canter home.