Has there been a more aptly named subject of a successful thoroughbred racing gamble than Ay Tee Emm, which opened as big as 70-1 to win Thursday’s ninth Pinjarra race and won by three and a half lengths at a starting price of 11-2?

Rare victories for trainers Mark Ford and Donna Mann were set to be the main headlines out of the Pinjarra meeting, but the manner of Ay Tee Emm’s first win in 17 months made it the talk of the track. The analysts responsible for framing the early betting markets on the Darling View Thoroughbreds Handicap must have overlooked Ay Tee Emm’s Lark Hill trial earlier this month, the grey galloper’s creditable past performances over 1,000 metres and his liking of rain-affected surfaces. Unfortunately for those analysts, many punters identified Ay Tee Emm as one of the value bets of the year and backed him at all rates down to second favouritism behind only resuming mare Wilchino.

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