Wednesday 26 October 2016

Levin Gamble: ''Living in Cloud Cuckoo Land''

Big gambles come and go but not many are described by the horse trainer as ''Cloud cuckoo land''. But that's what County Kildare handler Johnny Levin said of his Dundalk runners which had been hammered in the betting.

Twitter was on fire with speculation that a plot was afoot as his six runners at Dundalk has been substantially backed. 

However, Levin was quick to respond on Facebook:  "We're on 16 winners for the year so far which represents a record year for the stable but anybody thinking we'll end the night on 22 winners is living in cloud cuckoo land. Don't be fooled by your bookmaker! "I'm updating early today from the sales in Newmarket as I'm informed my runners have moved in price and feel it's important to update the betting public as to my thoughts."

The trainer wrote: "Deeds Not Words has done nothing but disappoint this year. He's off an ordinary mark in an ordinary race and I gave up fancying him with any confidence four runs back."

Notable gambles of recent times

Byrne's treble 

Bookmakers reported losses of £1M after three horses were backed from double-figure odds at Roscommon.  

Sheena West plunge goes west

Her four runners were seriously backed in favourites but only one beat a horse home.

Barney Curley Knockout Blow

Legendary punter has executed many high-profile gambles including the Yellow Sam coup in 2014. Bookmakers lost £2M.