Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
27 Nov 2020
12:35 pm

Punters fall for Pack Leader, but Summer Pud still hot

Mike Moon

Both horses won their recent prep races easily, but it was only a third win in 23 starts for Pack Leader whereas Summer Pudding was cantering to her eighth victory in eight outings.

Trainer Paul Peter. Picture: Michel Bega

Pack Leader has been heavily backed to win the WSB Gauteng Summer Cup over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday. By Friday morning, bookmakers had slashed the six-year-old gelding’s odds to 7-2 and – almost unbelievably – joint favouritism with four-year-old super-filly Summer Pudding. This is a remarkable turnaround from less than a fortnight ago when Horse of the Year Summer Pudding was quoted at 18-10 and Pack Leader at 6-1. When first entries were received at the end of September, the respective prices were 5-2 and 40-1. Both horses won their recent prep races easily, but it was only a...