Before he went and put his lucky red boxers in the wash, we sat down & put the guy through some light work ahead of his big race night.
At uni, we’d head along to our local race track, have a few beers and try and find a winner.
I think the social aspect of it and the excitement was the initial attraction.
Years ago we found Green Moon leading into the Melbourne Cup and we got plenty and stuck with him on Cup Day and looked like geniuses.
The Karaka Million is easily our best days betting in New Zealand and when we ran our first large scale punters club we just missed a $60,000 collect that was more than what we started with.
Even though we lost, the buzz around that race was unforgettable.
We had a greyhound call Zipping Tay and the syndicate invested the dog’s career winnings on it.
The danger was the kennel mate who was slow away.
We thought we were home when out by 3L.
We think someone moved the finishing post and the kennel mate turned into a cheetah and crushed us right on the line.
Recently I’ve been pretty certain a red pair of my boxers are lucky so I’ll be wearing those to the Karaka Million.
[Editor’s note: We’ve spoken with Kemeys and he’s aware he’ll need to be putting dress pants over his lucky ones in order to gain access into the after-party]
If you’re going once a year, dig into your pocket to support a community asset and event – don’t expect it for free.
The sport employees thousands of New Zealanders and having a bet doesn’t make you a degenerate – we’ve all seen you lining up for a Lotto ticket without being judged.
In our 2019 Punters Club, we put $10,000 on a horse called Spring Heat and she bucked 50m after leaving the barriers and didn’t continue the race.
Mentally, you have to compose yourself very, very quickly to accept that and turn the page to the next race when 700 people are involved in your syndicate.
When you’re winning, ALWAYS put some away.
“’The grass harness on a Sunday is a great way to recover if you’ve had a tough Saturday”.
What it’s like for a jockey to draw barrier one on the favourite, sit three-wide for half of the race, run last and then have to address the owners and trainer.
Ellerslie. (I haven’t been told to say this, I promise.)
It is always presented well, plays fair so your horse gets every chance and it handles a lot of racing.
A Darley horse named Beaded. She never ran a bad race and funded a lot of dinners for me.
Trust The Process. Expect The Results.
Racing has an amazing ability to bring people together even though they are competing with each other near on daily.
During tough times, the industry really get around each other – that’s a sign of good people.
Well our dog, Boys Get Paid, is injured and no one likes being injured.
Melody Belle gets up too early.
I’d get Opie sacked as I’d eat too much and couldn’t shed it the next day.
Paul Wilcox gets too many demanding text messages from that Luke Kemeys guy.
The Goat has to sign too many signatures in a day.
So it’d have to be Ted – knowing the winners of just about every race before everyone else would be a pretty valuable skill. Apparently his wife Lynda makes a mint roast as well!
Not through gambling! Buy Coca Cola cheap and sell it at an intersection during hot summer days.
Reinvest profits into more stock.
Repeat until Winter, then swap to chocolate bars at kids’ rugby.
Sorry, no quick wins here, I am an accountant.
Be sure to pay your tax too…