Just about every punter in the world has dropped the old, "Yeah I had a win on Saturday but I should have won more."
Often it's a case of getting your staking completely wrong, or going wide in the quaddie when you could have nailed it with two or three runners in each race.
Occasionally you sell yourself short by playing too conservatively. or in one punter's case on Saturday - playing WAY too conservatively.
It's bad enough when you back a horse place-only and it cruises home to win but imagine doing it on eight races in a row!?
One CrownBet punter, who admits he is no pro, decided to whack on an eight-leg fixed odds place multi on Saturday's Caulfield races, outlaying $15.
He kicked things off with Oregon's Day ($1.50) in race two, with the Price-trained mare defying a betting drift and a late surge from Swampland to salute.
Mr Sneaky ($2.25) then won the third by a lazy 2.5L, before Merchant Navy ($1.35) kept his unbeaten record intact with a swooping victory in the G3 McNeil.
Three legs down, three wins for our place punter.
Race five was the car crash otherwise known as 'the Fuhryk race' but thankfully our man had Savanna Amour ($2.80) to place and she didn't disappoint, winning at $15 in a three-way photo.
The ultra-consistent Voodoo Lad ($1.40) was the play in race six, before Vega Magic ($1.35) kept the multi dream alive with a soft win in the G1 Memsie Stakes.
Lindsay Park mare Hell or Highwater ($2.25) provided the punter with a fairly easy watch in the seventh leg before it all came down to her stablemate Grande Rosso ($1.50) in the last.
Once again, running a drum was never really in doubt, with Grande Rosso and Chocolate Holic drawing clear in the straight to stage a stirring two-horse war.
Our man picked up a very handy $1220 for his $15 outlay but here is what the final dividend would have been if he decided to have the same multi for the win (based on the SP).
Oregon's Day @ $4.40 ($66)
Mr Sneaky @ $9 ($594)
Merchant Navy @ $3.50 ($2079)
Savanna Amour @ $15 ($31,185)
Voodoo Lad @ $3.60 ($112,266)
Vega Magic @ $2.25 ($252,598.50)
Hell or Highwater @ $4.80 ($1,212,472.80)
Grande Rosso @ $4 ($4,849,891.20)
Obviously there are a couple of things wrong with the above figure of $4.8 million: (1) It is based on the SP rather than the fixed odds he took at the time, and (2) CrownBet's maximum payout is $250,000 according to their terms and conditions.
Still, $250,000 is nothing to sneeze at and he would've collected that amount off a meagre $1 bet 😱😱😱.
The lesson here, or at least one of them, is whenever you place an outrageous place-only multi - do the same thing for the win (even if it's only for $1).