Ouyen bookmaker Geoff Hahnel battling the odds

Geoff Hahnel, Blair Hahnel, Amanda Hayder and Laura Hayder at Mildura Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup meeting on Tuesday. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Geoff Hahnel, Blair Hahnel, Amanda Hayder and Laura Hayder at Mildura Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup meeting on Tuesday. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

OUYEN bookmaker Geoff Hahnel has been taking bets at race meetings throughout regional Victoria and NSW for 51 years.

He doesn’t travel as far now – Manangatang, Wycheproof and Mildura are the only meetings he works at.

But there was a time when he would spend his weekends and sometimes week days travelling to harness and thoroughbred races throughout regional Victoria and NSW.

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