We once flagged up a monster Charles Byrnes-trained gamble in-progress at Roscommon a few years ago. Many on Twitter felt we were mad and that it had no chance of landing.
Well, all three of his runners won and anyone who took the plunge were duly rewarded. We have another monster gamble taking place tonight on both sides of the Irish Sea.
The Last Leg Syndicate is a new syndicate and they have only had one runner to date. With that in mind, it is extremely interesting that both of their runners tonight have been smashed up.
One of the runners will run at Worcester Racecourse and it is certainly a long way to go for a loser. The race is worth just over £3k so they aren’t travelling over for that.
They will have to get the better of a long odds-on shot in order to land this race but that hasn’t stopped the money pour in for Onehundredpercent. Backed from 14-1 overnight all the way into 9-4 in places, this horse has been backed as if defeat is out of the question. The five-year-old was 5th of 15 runners in a Fairyhouse maiden in January and clearly improvement is on the way.
Another trained by Cormac Farrell who makes the trip across the water for this race. Crecerelle has been backed all the way into 5-2 in places from a high of 22-1 overnight. Connections won’t be travelling all the way over for such a poor race for the sake of it. He was very useful on the Flat and if he can translate that form to hurdles today, he has a cracking chance.
Trainer Cormac Farrell said: “Truthfully I only got wind of this about 20 minutes ago [around 10am]. Don’t get me wrong, I like both of the horses and they are going to their respective races in good form, but the reality is that I have been blindsided by this. Lads are ringing me wondering what’s going on and I haven’t a clue!”
On the two horses involved, the trainer added: “I do like Onehundredpercent as a horse. He’s nice and he’s a proper winter horse. I wouldn’t be running him on ground like this only for the fact I want to get one run into him before I let him off. He will hopefully cope with the ground as he’s a light-framed horse. He is nice and it’s not a great race so I could see why someone might be only a few quid on.
“It’s Crecerelle’s first run in a handicap and he’s dropping down in trip, but his wind has been catching him so I’d be very worried about that. It’s funny, if I was having a bet today the one I would be backing is Kingslayer at Cork. I think he’s got a great chance.”
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