Text-message inspired betting plunge goes astray at Sale

Punters that acted on information circulated in a text message did their money when Phondle struggled on debut at Sale on Thursday.

Phondle firmed from $18 to $3.50 with TAB on Wednesday afternoon as the message circulated among punters.

The message claimed jockey Daniel Moor advised trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra hide the filly from public view in the lead-up to her first start.

“As soon as Moor got off her, (he) went straight to the stable and told them to pull her out of all trials, they didn’t want to ruin her price,” the message read.

“Everyone at the stable have piled in.”

Zahra labelled the message as “absolute crap” on Wednesday.

Jockey Daniel Moor rode Phondle in her disappointing debut at Sale. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

The serious punters ignored Phondle on Thursday, backing the Frankie Stockdale-trained The Cruiser in to start as a $2.70 favourite.

Phondle’s priced eased to touch $7 before two late scratchings pushed her starting price into $5.50.

Phondle’s debut performance proved Zahra right. The text message was no guide to the filly’s ability.

The filly was struggling before the home turn before weakening quickly in the straight to finish second last, more than 11 lengths from the winner Madame Bolli.

Zahra said Phondle pulled up fine despite the disappointing effort. He said blinkers might improve Phondle’s performance next time out.

Originally published asText message punters do their dough

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