Sunday 21st. I know I have said it a few times already this month and I’m not meaning to make excuses, but for goodness sake how much longer do we have to endure this retched run of bad luck. Yesterday (Saturday) was another casing fact when my free tip THUNDER AND ROSES was leading and fell two out, worse was to come as we will never know how he would of faired falling so far out. When ZARKANDA traded at 1-01 (1-100) in running, I thought at least we had copped a winner on the LATE SERVICE only for him to get amazingly caught on the line, by a horse that for all intense purposes should of fell at the first, but for a miracle recovery by the jockey. That’s not it, Aiden Coleman has HOUBLON DES OBEAUX so far out of his ground when he decides to make his challenge the winner had already flown, another second at 4/1 and the icing was firmly put on the cake when PINE CREEK cruised through the field to take it up after the last and agonisingly never quite got there and was beaten a head into second at our Anti-post 20/1, ok we did back PINE CREEK ew but as I always say it’s the difference between a very good win and a cup of tea.
Sunday morning, Still smarting over yesterday’s results I have the tedious journey to Fakenham today. I normally like to get Mr Jolly out of his shackles, but unfortunately today he is not up to it.
My first bet that I email out is BE BOP BORU who finished a good third at Cheltenham last time and is trading at even money and I think that is a good price. I’m not too keen on backing even money shots at the best of times so I decide to put him in a double with BON CHIC at 10/11 in the next.
Fakenham isn’t very busy today, although I do spot the man from George there, the old Grumbling Don, who is ushering Penny around, after another cheap jibe in his column today about my book I do just get into Penny’s ribs and ask her if she does want some excitement at night, as she readily agrees I do offer to give her one for Christmas, Shhhhhhh my book I mean of course, what else??
Once again the going report looks dubious, as to my eye it looks on the heavy side and soft seems rather conservative.
BE BOP BORU is always bang up there and wins as we expected although the time suggests the ground is slower than soft as it’s over 30 seconds under standard. BON CHIC is very well backed and goes off at 4/7. BON CHIC loses so much ground on the bends as he is constantly being pushed wide and when the ground negates his turn off foot we are beaten and a really nice double goes begging. So close again and we end up with one winner and no shekels in our pocket. It’s not worth staying so I now have the arduous journey home, no one to talk to no stories to enjoy and only loses to think about.
Monday 22nd. Not a great day yesterday after hitting the first leg of our double and the very well backed second leg letting us down coupled with our very near miss Saturday on our last Anti-post bet PINE CREEK at 20-1 who finished second I am really sweet on the chances of a 16/1 shot in the Welsh national on a Boxing Day which I email out to all my ANDY BELLs clients.
Today I am going for it as we have some very strong information and it’s also backed up with my own views. As it’s our last betting day until the 26th I decide to have a swing. To my clients I email out HAINES at 11/10, SECRET ASSET ew at 10/1 and BRIGLIADORO also ew at 6/1. I also decide to put all three in an ew Trixie.
With my Anti post bet done and the King George worked out I now have a free day to just enjoy the racing and our bets.
I am really enjoying the racing until the last yard as BRIGLIADORO looks all over the winner as he shoots three lengths clear in the final furlong and our 6/1 ew bet looks fantastic until Luke Morris nails him bang on the line with the Sir Mark Favourite. An ok start a small profit but what a difference that nose could make. The big flashy grey also gets us a 10/1 place, so another small profit and an ew double up in our trixie. All is now reliant on our last leg HAINES who has been smashed up in the betting and goes off at 4/9 on, making our 11/10 look huge. The final leg of our trixie is never in doubt as he leads every yard of the two miles and wins very easily. A very nice winning day making over twenty points profit but with a nose going our way or if the line had of come a yard sooner we could of easily trebled that win. A step in the right direction but rotten luck has again done us.
Tuesday 23rd. A day off today and yesterday was so very close again.
With most of my work already done for Boxing Day, the King George sorted, the Welsh National on the 27th already emailed out and the ew bet in the Hunter Chase ready to go I decide to meet Tony and we head into Weatherspoon’s as I have no interest in watching the Cheltenham reruns on RUK again.
This year Christmas seems to have crept up on us and nobody really seems ready for it yet, I suppose a lot of it is to do with the very mild weather we are encountering at the moment, good as the drying ground will certainly suit our King George bet and not the Favourite.
We finish up in the Swan with no great adventures and I head home to prepare for our shopping trip tomorrow.
Wednesday 24th. It’s 8-30am and it’s the annual pilgrimage, I am waiting at The Scole Inn for the Great Alfonze and he’s bang on time for our Christmas shopping trip this year so no time for a quicky and NO, Penny’s not in sight.
Into the Park and ride and we are in town at 9-30am, the city is dead quiet, brilliant. I rack up four ticks off my list in no time and I am cooking on gas, not a queue in sight, the Great Alfonze is steaming on as well and his pressure is well down and his face is still a normal colour. He does get a tad excited whilst waiting to get served in Debenhams, but no real dramas or fits of ………..
Amazingly we are all finished and in the Murderers by midday and the Aspals cider is readily flowing. No sessions a couple at the Inn and homewards to complete the wrapping.
A nice chill evening, a takeaway and early to bed in hope that Santa doesn’t miss us and his mince pie and glass of Stout
Thursday 25th. Christmas Day oi oi I love it and this year we are all congregating at my Mothers and what a fantastic cook she is, but I suppose we all think the same. We rock up at 11am and I have sneaked a bottle of my sloe gin in the bag, which will hopefully liven things up a shade quicker. My little brother and his family are already in attendance as we arrive. The bubbly is on ice and I soon have the cooks popping and armed with my homemade very potent sloe gin we are all soon enjoying sloeorgasm’s, please try them they are very good and certainly hit “the spot.”
Boxing Day. My favourite days racing in front of the goggle box. We used to always go racing on Boxing Day mostly to Kempton and now I am away so much during the year I now enjoy the Jafeica house family and friends party.
Yesterday me and the Great Alfonze did our money in cold blood and got so drunk, I will tell all tomorrow in next weeks diary.
Free tip; 3-25 Kempton CHATEZ 7/4 Sportingbet if this 3yo gelding is going to fulfil his lofty entry in the Triumph hurdle he must win today.
Christmas never would have caught on if it had been called Celebrate a Little Jew’s Birthday.
– Andy Borowitz
Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and if our Hunter Chaser doesn’t win today can you all send the food parcels to Jafeica House.
Have fun keep smiling and never never never get caught.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing