Massive plunge in East Asia, a Heathcote mystery

Rob Heathcote says he is not the man behind an all-powerful fall on New Years Day that has seen his East Asian mare go from $ 34 to $ 9.50 at the listed Nudgee Stakes in Doomben on Saturday.

The TAB reports that the mare has been the best-backed horse of the day at Doomben, and only the Annabel Neasham Soaring Ambition opportunity attracts a bigger gamble than has been made in East Asia in what is considered the longest race. strong of the day. .

Multiple bets of $ 2000 at $ 34, $ 26 and $ 17 have been recorded with TAB along with $ 1000 at $ 21, while the biggest bet of the day so far is $ 3500 on Soaring Ambition at $ 2.30.

“I know there is a group of owners who like to gamble, so whether it was them or professionals, I’m not sure, but I know that she has brought in a lot of money in the past, she is popular,” Heathcote said.

“In fact, I think it’s not a silly bet at all. When I saw the prices I thought ‘hallelujah’ but I didn’t go up and now I look, she’s $ 10, so I missed it. “

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While Heathcote is optimistic about East Asia’s chances in the race, he’s under no illusions as to the challenges ahead with Isotope returning to command of billing as a $ 2.60 favorite.

She warned those with big tickets in East Asia to buckle up, and the coach was well aware of her mid-career antics that make her a tough woman.

“His last win was good, but if you go through his form, he has never had the perfect run in the perfect daylight run from 250 meters,” he said.

“She always has to go through holes and that sort of thing is a gambler’s nightmare.

“I have enormous respect for Isotope, she is in the Rothfire form and he was my best horse since Buffering, so if he runs at his best, he is entitled to receive $ 2.”

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