Shelby Sixtysix’s stunning win in The Galaxy has been ‘one of the worst wins in a long time’ for bookmakers as trainer Danny Williams debates whether to pay the $55,000 late entry fee for TJ Smith Stakes.
Williams’ fairy tale run with Shelby Sixtysix, who will finally enjoy a weekend at home after racing for eight of the past nine weeks, has turned into a nightmare for bookies, who have seen the cult galloper achieve victory in the Group 1 sprint on Golden Slipper Day.
Industry sources said Shelby Sixtysix’s win was a multi-million dollar combined hit for Australia’s biggest betting operators.
“It was one of the worst hits we’ve had in a long time,” said Tabcorp’s Andrew Georgiou. “The multis going through it were amazing.
“He was worth $11 when the markets rose and he became the horse of the newbies. We were surprised by the betting volume and it was definitely one of the worst results we’ve had in a while.
“People loved supporting Winx and Black Caviar, but they would do it more for sentimental reasons and their prices were always very short. But with Shelby Sixtysix, they actually find some value. He became the unexpected pin-up horse of the carnival.
“It was one of the worst hits we’ve had in a long time.”
Ladbrokes Australia boss Dean Shannon has echoed the sentiments of Shelby Sixtysix, whose progress from losing a race on the Sapphire Coast in January to winning a Group 1 race later in the campaign was remarkable.
“He became the horse of the new people,” Shannon said. “We were surprised not by the size of the bets, but just by the volume and it was definitely one of our worst results of the day.”