Last Saturday's racing provided a lesson why bookmakers drive flash cars and punters ride push bikes with long priced winners the order of the day including the three feature cup races at Inverell Jockey Club.
After even money favourite Untold Secrets from Toowoomba won the first race the results for punters took a dramatic turn for the worse with Dream Success winning at $31 followed by Miss Hanson stirring them up in the RSL Diggers Cup at $16.
The bookmakers grins got wider when Shadow Destiny stormed down the outside to win the 1600 metre maiden paying $21.
Danigree's win in the Don Bartlett Battlers Cup at odds of $6.50 was a little more popular with punters who read the article leading up to race day in The Inverell Times and liked a flutter on a horse with form around Melbourne Cup runner Surprise Baby.
Danigree beat the Inverell trained Cavitation in the $22,000 feature restricted to horses that had competed at the smaller one day clubs in the north west area.
Mrs Deb Bartlett and sponsor Tom Graham representing Sapphire City Engineering made a presentation of the trophy to the large contingent of owners who came by bus from Moree to toast the victory.
The final race of the day was the Forsyths Picnic Club Cup won by locally owned and trained Teyssier at the remarkable odds of $41.
Jockey Scott Sweedman drove Teyssier from a wide gate to lead all the way with the victory even sweeter given his wife shares in the ownership and the home track win was their first in a newly designed set of racing colours.
Of course it didn't happen, but if any racegoer invested a paltry $1 on the first winner and "let it ride" into each of the next five winners they would have returned home with over $5,550,000 courtesy of the run of outsiders on a day that left most punters feeling that climate change isn't the only thing that is hard to work out.
Over 300 people enjoyed the socialising in the Picnic Club marquee and several businesses hosted groups for Christmas parties in gazebos around the course grounds.
Racing returns to Inverell on Boxing Day and the traditional New Year's Day Cup meeting with full TAB coverage.
Inverell trainer Dean Smith is having a swing at the stumps in the big smoke on Saturday with Commander Bamm contesting the $75,000 Highway handicap and Devlann nominated for a $125,000 benchmark race at Rosehill.
Unfortunately both horses have drawn wide gates but Devlann has previously been placed at huge odds when contesting a similar race at Randwick.