Rob Heathcote not behind mystery New Year’s Day plunge on East Asia at Doomben

Rob Heathcote’s mare East Asia has been spectacularly backed to win the Nudgee Stakes but the trainer has no idea where the money is coming from.

Rob Heathcote says he isn’t the man behind an almighty New Year’s Day plunge which has seen his mare East Asia hammered from $34 to $9.50 in the Listed Nudgee Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.

The TAB reports the mare has been the best backed horse of the day at Doomben, with only Annabel Neasham’s odds-on chance Soaring Ambition attracting a bigger bet than what has been plonked on East Asia in what is regarded as the strongest race of the day.

Multiple $2000 bets at $34, $26 and $17 have been recorded with TAB along with $1000 at $21 while the biggest bet of the day so far is $3500 on Soaring Ambition at $2.30.

“I know there are a group of owners who like to have a bet so whether it was them or professionals, I’m not sure but I know she has carried a lot of money in the past, she is popular,” Heathcote said.

“I actually think it’s not a silly bet at all. When I saw the prices I thought ‘hallelujah’ but I didn’t get on and now I look, she’s $10 so I have missed out.”

While Heathcote is bullish about East Asia’s chances in the race, he is under no illusions as to the challenges that lie ahead with the returning Isotope commanding top billing as a $2.60 favourite.

He warned those with big tickets on East Asian to strap themselves in, with the trainer well aware of her mid-race antics which make her a hard watch.

“Her last win was good but if you go through her form, she has never really had the perfect run in the perfect race with daylight from 250m out,” he said.

“She is always having to squeeze through gaps and those sort of things, she is a nightmare ride for punters.

“I have enormous respect for Isotope, she has Rothfire form and he was my best horse since Buffering so if she runs up to her very best, she is entitled to be $2.”

Originally published as Rob Heathcote not behind mystery New Year’s Day plunge on East Asia at Doomben

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