GORDON LIGHTFOOT | Sport
IT’S A GIFT
Wellington man Lachie Richardson, 33, has gone three years in a row betting on exactly the wrong horse in the Melbourne Cup.
As jockey Mark Zahra was picking up his second Melbourne Cup win in a row, this time riding Without A Fight, Richardson was peering down towards the back of the field to find his pick for the day, Right You Are.
“I was thinking ‘ah yep, this’ll make it three years in a row’,” he said, shaking his head while thinking about his barron bank account.
“This morning I was thinking surely I’m not going to pick three dead last losers in three years, you know? Surely I’m due for a winner!
“But nope, I’ve snagged Ocean Billy in 2021, Interpretation last year, who didn’t even finish, and now Right You Are. It should be called Right At The Back. I dunno if I’ll even bother next year,” he said, despondent.
Richardson’s mate Robbie, spotted nearby at the same pub, said that he’ll be sure to take his friend’s picks into consideration next year.
“It’s hard enough picking a winner at the Melbourne Cup, but if I can eliminate Lachie’s horse from the equation each year, it makes things a tiny bit easier.
“Oh cheer up mate, have a coke, my shout,” he said to his embarrassed companion as he pulled out the proceeds from his each-way bet on Sheraz.
More to come.
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