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Horse Racing: TRADING REPORT.

Goode leaves punters reeling

COMMENTATOR Graham Goode called the wrong horse as the winner in the 4.20 at Musselburgh yesterday, and in-running punters using their ears and not their eyes took an absolute pounding.

Goode mistook the eventual last, Argent Danseur, for winner The Mighty Ogmore and, while backers collectively accounted for pounds 9,022 traded at 1.01 on Argent Danseur, this sum is made to look paltry when you consider the pounds 147 matched - which means pounds 73.50 was bet at 999-1 - on the victorious juvenile at Betfair's ceiling price of 1,000.

If it was one layer who accommodated the entire amount, he or she is now worse off to the tune of around pounds 73,500.

How someone can risk so much money purely on what someone else is saying is unfathomable, especially as it is a relatively simple task for a punter to follow the action visually in a four-runner race.

It didn't prove to be a simple task for Goode, however, and while I'm not the kind of man to shout from the rooftops that someone should be sacked or resign from their job, it is not the first time he has done something like this.

Punting in-running with the volume down is not dissimilar to commentating, as you are trying to spot whatever is making a winning run. The defining characteristic for The Mighty Ogmore was a sheepskin noseband, while Argent Danseur sported a visor. This makes Goode's error all the more disappointing, as a bit of research before the race would have ensured a correct call.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2006
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