GET Out Bet couldn’t have been more fittingly named after his comfortable win in last night’s opening event at the big Albury New Year’s Eve trots meeting.
Because that’s exactly what Narrandera-based driver-owner Paul Diebert plans to do — get out.
Despite the gelding winning three of his past four starts, Diebert said he planned to sell the four-year-old.
“It’ll be straight on the market now,” Diebert said.
“We’ll sell him and move him on.”
But not because Diebert doesn’t rate the gelding.
“It’s mainly because the racing is fairly limited around the Riverina area,” he said.
“We bought him for $500 so he’s done the job for me.”
Diebert admitted he was somewhat shocked by Get Out Bet’s performance in the 2170-metre C1 opener.
The $3.20 favourite’s run pleasantly surprised his owner.
“I was a bit surprised when he got out of the gate and led,” he said of the 3.5-metre victory. He’s never run the gate in its life.
“He’s always sat outside or been back a bit and been getting home when the others have been walking.
“But, anyway, I was just happy to be in front.
“I thought I had the race won when I found the front.”
Outsider Rajah Wealth ($11.40), driven by Mark Buckingham, caused an upset to finish second.
Yes Jerry ($7.10) ran third.
Meanwhile, Shepparton-trained Black Doug stunned punters in the third race of the night with a shock win in the 2170-metre K.B. Seaton Memorial.
Yet despite his healthy odds of $19.40, driver Donna Castles wasn’t at all surprised by the win.
Black Doug was on the seventh line of betting pre-race.
“He went well at Cobram the other day but he just got pushed a fair way back,” Castles said.
“He’s got a nice turn of foot.
“We knew that.
“I knew if the speed was on he’d follow into it and he did.”