Like most Australians, Roger’s first exposure to racing and betting came with a 50 cents win bet on a Melbourne Cup. Of course, it won. His one 50 cent quinella also lobbed. I’m sure, like most of us, he thought to himself “how long’s this been going on’.
More likely though, in his case, it would have been more akin to ‘what mathematical approach can I take to turn this consistently to my advantage’. Even though he was just fourteen at the time when – in 1986 – At Talaq beat Rising Fear. The winner was 10/1; the runner-up 50/1. A handsome quinella.
However, unlike most of us, that initial flutter eventually developed into a full-time pursuit and one which now has a monolithic annual wagering turnover.