Rob Heathcote says he’s not the man behind an almighty jump on New Year’s Day that has seen his jump in East Asia hammer from $ 34 to $ 9.50 in the Listed Nudgee Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
TAB reports that the mare has been the best backed horse of the day at Doomben, where only Annabel Neasham’s odds-on chance Soaring Ambition attracts a bigger bet than what has been bet on East Asia in what is considered to be the strongest race of the day. .
Several $ 2000 bets for $ 34, $ 26 and $ 17 have been recorded with TAB along with $ 1000 for $ 21, while today’s biggest bet so far is $ 3500 on Soaring Ambition for $ 2.30.
“I know there is a group of owners who like to have a bet, so whether it was them or professionals, I’m not sure, but I know she’s carried a lot of money in the past, she’s popular, said Heathcote.
“I actually think it’s not a stupid bet at all. When I saw the prices, I thought ‘hallelujah’, but I did not move on and now I see she costs $ 10, so I’ve missed something. “
East Asia speaks eloquently to win Listed Just Now at Eagle Farm. Photo: Grant Trackside Photography
While Heathcote is optimistic about East Asia’s chances in the race, he’s not under illusions about the challenges ahead, with the recurring Isotope being top-billed as a $ 2.60 favorite.
He warned them with big tickets at the East Asian to buckle up, with the coach well aware of her mid-race jokes that make her a tough watch.
“Her last win was good, but if you go through her form, she has never really had the perfect run in the perfect race with daylight from 250m out,” he said.
“She always has to push herself through holes and that kind of thing, she’s a nightmare ride for players.
“I have tremendous respect for Isotope, she has Rothfire form, and he was my best horse since Buffering, so if she runs up to her very best, she’s entitled to $ 2.”