Almanac Horseracing – W.S. Cox Plate: Remembering the day punters finally nailed The Beaver

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Cox Plate Day 2007

I’d never seen anything like it.

There were queues of punters waiting to collect from Wal F. Beaver.

Here’s the yarn from the Age in 2007:

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. cowshedend says

    Great yarn John, did hear Wally Beaver was retiring last year. The old doubles bookies were the first port of call on arrival years ago, even though you’d be getting unders most of the time, took a fair bit of bottle to set your boards without the aid of betfair and the like.

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