$50 into $51,994.50

Bob Geldof’s disdain for Mondays has been widely publicised, but at the other end of the scale, one Neds punter clearly lives for them.

On a day that most of us struggled to get out of bed before trying to find new ways to make isolation interesting, our Neds punter turned $50 into a cool $51,994.50. You read that right – the commas and decimals are in the right places. $51,994.50 from the same investment that I made on a carton at roughly the same time.

Our punter in question is a gallops expert – he divulged the form at Grafton, Narromine and Wodonga and settled on his four best bets, combining the legs for cool odds of $828.80.

That figure alone is enough to make your eyes water, but it simply wasn’t satisfactory for our punter, who then opened up his Punters Toolbox and utilised Price Boost Multi to increase the quote to $1039.89.

He slapped on his $50 and the rest is history. Here’s how it all went down:

The day began in the fourth at Grafton. The Cathleen Rode-trained Grand Anthem has been racing competitively without setting the world on fire, but that didn’t deter our punter, taking $3.80 for the win.

He then set course only ten minutes later for Wodonga, where Race 4’s second-favourite High Advice was taking his place alongside noted milk drinker Silesian, who was yet again going around a reasonably short-priced favourite for some reason. $4.40 looked overs to our punter, and he subsequently enjoyed the spoils.

The third track in only twenty minutes came next, as our punter selected three-year-old Dundeel filly Eva’s Deel to record the second win of her short career at Narromine. She’d tuned up with a couple of competitive performances at Wellington and Orange since returning from a spell and incredibly, was available at $8 on Monday morning. Our punter took that price, the filly firmed into $4.80 and won by half a length. Nice.

It was then back to Wodonga a little under an hour and a half later, which must have felt as long as the Autumn Carnival to our punter.

To make things even more nerve-racking, his selection in Race 7, Gojazz, drifted $8 out to 11s prior to jump and already had a mountain of work in front of him. The seven-year-old’s recent form wasn’t a lot to be impressed by, he was allocated a wide barrier and as the field’s third emergency, he only gained a start when a few were scratched.

Clearly, however, that didn’t matter one bit.

A huge congratulations to our lucky punter from the entire team at Neds. He has tuned up nicely for the first Group 1 races of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival this Saturday!