Saturday 2nd. We dropped an absolute Mayday bollock big time yesterday and we now have some serious making up to do. On hind sight which is very easy now we went in far too big on three horses and got our fingers well and truly burnt. On the flip side my LATE service started off really well with Doctor Newlands EXPRESS DU BERLAIS winning very easily for us at 13/8 and MTADA SUPREME nicking us a place in our ew double with the Good Doctors winner, making us a nice profit on the day.
I have consented to putting up four selections to my members today and tomorrow at Newmarket.
As you all know I’m heading to Newmarket today for the first classic of the year, where the young boys strut their stuff. I arrive in plenty of time as I know its going to be a 17000+ crowd today and Newmarket gets grid locked after about 12-00 clock.
The first of my four is STEPPER POINT ew at 5/1 who finished just behind SOLE POWER in the Nunthorpe and I can’t see the favourite, WATCHABLE, winning who has been dropped back from 6f to 5f, maybe its because of the very large amount of place price money on offer for this kind of race.
Next I’m with our Gaelic friends who bring across the very smart TERRITORRIES ew at 6/1 in the 2000g. Harry Candys very smart and quick TWILIGHT SUN at 11/8 who comes here unbeaten and is reportedly flying at home is my next selection and finally the Richard Hannon trained 15/8 shot MUTASAYYID in the last, finally I have a swing at tonight’s Hexham Hunter chase.
As I arrive in the owners and trainers bar I’m immediately called to the bar as its Micky Quinns birthday and things are already rocking, ex Norwich striker and top trainer Michael Channon is in full flow and a few others are in the school. I manage to avoid the bubbles for a while as I want to finish off a couple more things and need to get my LATE service sorted.
My Irish contact “Paddy” lol, is all over the newish recruit to the Mullins ranks at Punchestown the 16/1 shot CLONDAW WARRIOR who i email out as a maximum ew bet, also and hopefully with all the focus on Newmarket and Punchestown we can nip one under the radar in the first at Uttoxeter. Dicky rides MIDNIGHT SHOT who is trading at 5/2 which i suggest taking.
With all my days bets and emails sorted I can now return to the birthday celebrations and of course the bubbles.
Dicky nearly gets under my radar and I just remember in time as he is jumping to the front two out and bolts up on MIDNIGHT SHOT and gets our day of to a great winning start.
Next STEPPER POINT just misses out on a place by a neck beating WATCHABLE the well backed 5/2 favourite in the process, proving my theory correct but not paying any bills.
Ryan Moore steers the new kiddie on the block from Ballydoyle, GLENEAGLES to quite a cozy win beating our TERRITORRIES into second. Just a NOTE for you all I am told that Ballydoyle have a fantastic little unraced Galileo filly which they think is exceptional and she is named COOLMORE.
Michael Channon brings the elated Guest family to the bar and the party who have just bagged a fourth in the Guineas with their 50/1 shot BOSSY GUEST and now there is certainly no shortage of bubbles, ten bottles in fact and they are firmly of the opinion we will next see their charge at Royal Ascot, have a second look at him as I think he was a shade unlucky in running.
Come on CLONDAW is our shout as three out our 16/1 LATE service punt looks like winning and unfortunately just gets ran out of things but gets us a really profit with a place.
TWILIGHT SON can be called the winner two out and we have bagged our first winner with the minimum of fuss although it’s reported he hated the jar in the ground. Personally I thought he would also go to Royal Ascot but Mr Candy is going to try and keep him under wraps, we will see.
Finally we all cheer home MUTASAYYID giving me all the party and my punters a super end to Newmarket, my meager winnings don’t get a look in at the bar, as in the grand scale of things the 26k for fourth is being very well and nicely reinvested and not a bottle of house in sight.
So many of you were so surprised at my factual figures on early morning prices and SP’s on EVERY big race I thought I would just redo my exercise for today’s 2000g and tomorrows 1000g just to reiterate my point and hopefully help some or even better all of you.
Todays 2000g first ten finishes.
BEST EARLY MORNING PRICE – SP
1st. GLENEAGLES 4/1 4/1
2nd. TERRITORIES 6/1 5/1
3rd. IVAWOOD 12/1 10/1
4th. BOSSY GUEST 100/1 50/1
5th. CELESTIAL PATH 33/1 14/1
6th. HOME OF THE BRAVE 33/1 25/1
7th. DUTCH CONNECTION 25/1 25/1
8th. MOHEET 22/1 20/1
9th. HAIL THE HERO 150/1 100/1
10th. CAPELLA SANSEVERO 80/1 40/1
Now somebody please tell me why should we actually bet on the course, not one single horse in the front ten returned a bigger price than the SP. Don’t get me wrong the on course bookmakers are an integral part of our racing and without them it would be awful, but come on give us all a fighting chance and stop taking the mickey out of the on course punters, who pay good money to get in. I will do my final analyses tomorrow, hopefully it has enlightened some of you and hopefully all of you, because getting the best prices is absolutely vital to making profits and winning money.
Sunday 3rd. After such an enjoyable and winning day yesterday we wake up with my LATE service topping the Betfan tree after making a big profit yesterday and such a shame after such a good winning day at Newmarket with a 5/1 ew fourth, a 6/1 ew second, a 11/ 8 winner and finishing off with a 15/8 winner, If I hadn’t of made such a horlicks of the Hunter chase at Hexham last night my ANDY BELL’s service would of also been bang up there.
Once again I am on my toes and as the sun is shining Shaz has donned her glad rags and we are on our way. The traffic is very light compared with yesterday and we sail straight into the course.
Once again my four consists of a Gaelic raider FINTRY who is widely available at 2/1. Also I add as I am told that the wind operation has been very successful for ZANETTO during the winter and as he has dropped to a very favorable mark his 16/1 is thought to be far to big.
As he should be after yesterdays good run Micheal Channon was very bullish about once again nicking a place with his runner today, MALABAR at 10/1. Finally the Roger Varion stable thinks that MUQTASER will go very close and the 3/1 looks very fair and he completes my days four.
We once again rock up in the owners and trainers and this time as we are nice and early we can get a prime seat, near the paddock windows and the state of the art flat screen TV’s.
I can remember this day last year I was accompanied by the Great Alfonze when he started the day off by backing Lady Cecils MIGHTY YAR at 6/1 in the first and running the length of the bar like a red faced taz cheering and in the process copping a few glances from the suits lol and than the moans when he realized the Cors light was £4-20 a bottle. Whatever the result today even money it will be a shade more sombre. When Linda Perrett’s passes the post in front to only a few murmurs.
He would of been even more animated this year as the Cors is now £4-80 a bottle, I can hear him saying now, f****g £9-60 a pint, we must be f*****g mental!!!!
I’m not sure about FINTRY to be honest, he was shuffled back after a decent break and than when he did see daylight he never really picked up, but saying that he never had a hard race, so the jury is still out. A furlong out as ZANETTO our 14/1 ew shot hits the front I let out a cheer only to see him just get tapped for toe and finish third giving us our first profit of the day. Very annoyingly MALABAR just misses a place at 10/1 and finishes fourth. Finally MUQTASER never really looks like winning and finishes third giving us a small loss on the day.
With no bet on the LATE service to look forward to we leave relatively early and head for the Chinese at the top of town.
Today’s early price v SP summary.
Todays 1000g first 10 finishes.
BEST EARLY MORNING PRICES – SP
1st. LEGATTISSIMO 10/1 13/2
2nd. LUCIDA 7/1 7/1
3rd. TIGGY WIGGY 20/1 9/1
4th. MALABAR 9/1 11/1
5th. FADHAYYIL 7/1 7/1
6th. IRISH COOKIE 25/1 20/1
7th. OSAILA 9/1 15/2
8th. QUEEN NEFERTITI 33/1 25/1
9th. TERROR 25/1 25/1
10th. LOCAL TIME 18/1 16/1
The horse that finished fourth, MALABAR was the only one during our exercise that actually finished at a bigger SP than the morning price out of 30 horses and that was only by 2 points. I think that’s enough of me banging on about it, you pays your money you takes your chance and as Clint Eastwood said in “Every Which Way But Loose” it’s over to you now Clyde.
Monday 4th. A relatively quiet day on the betting front although it’s a typical bank holiday with loads of meetings. I get an early call telling me that the Richard Hannon trained AVENUE DU MONDE will be put to sleep at the back of the field by Hughsey and come late. I email this information out and suggest a maximum 5pt win bet and taking the 3/1 which is on offer. I decide to finish my ANDY BELL’s bets off with a smaller bet on MAGESTIC BOND who was very well supported on his racecourse debut only to bump into one and today’s 11/4 will come under pressure as they are after their monies back.
To back my anti-post selection for the DERBY you will first need to firmly put a line through his Guineas run on Saturday as I was told there were major excuses.
Have an ew bet taking the 20/1 on the Ballydoyle challenger OL’ MAN RIVER.
Thankfully a late call comes through which enables me to get my LATE service back in the game after a day off yesterday. No rocket science but as I’ve said before you sometimes get better odds on shots than others and today’s 4/5 on the Dicky ridden ROCK N RYTHAM should be closer to 1/2 on, coupled with BOLD LASS who in my opinion should be odds on and is 6/4 I email out two maximum bets on them.
Both ROCK N RYTHAM and BOLD LASS bolt in as we expected them too, unfortunately two later at Kempton let us down for a super day and we finish with a small winning day.
Tuesday 5th. The LATE service is still top of the tree this morning, with all these heady heights we will soon be getting a nose bleed. It’s looking as if we will have a no bet day, this always happens just after a big meeting and before another so I’m not duly surprised.
With this in mind and I know I will be very busy for the rest of the week I arrange a day out in Newmarket for Paul and myself. We get Colin to do the driving and head into town. The first port of call is the Wagon and Horses in hope that we can couple a fun day with some work as well, if the right people are in there, trust me more people have been sent to the poor house listening to Newmarket tips.
Luckily I meet one of the good lads who need listening to and he gives me a hot pot for Friday which will be a maximum bet on my main service. Just as the first Stella is being poured is all stations go as I am told Mike Murphy will win the first at Brighton with his FUJIANO. I email him out and to my main clients and suggest taking the 13/8. Paul and I pop just down the road to Paddy Powers and back it as well. It funny all the horses in Newmarket and I get three stable lads listening to me and also backing it.
We have a nice little school forming this afternoon and it’s help by Paddy Power paying for the beer tokens as Mike Murphy has worked the oracle on his new inmate and wins very easily.
It’s a far cry from Fakenham today in here where it looks very blustery and cold so I’m quite pleased I made the managerial decision to rock up in Newmarket. We pop down the hill smiling at Paddy Powers as we pass and head into the White Hart. After a few more in there Steve calls insisting we back THE WEALERDEALER in tonight’s Hunter Chase at Exeter. This time we cross the road to Betfreds and back him ew at 4/1. I email him out to my LATE service and also suggest backing him ew.
The beer is going down very nicely and Colin is starting to get itchy feet and stamping around, as we have a nice pocket full of winnings we send him across the road to get himself an Indian, it’s worth the score (£20) to get him out of the way for an hour or so.
We head into the Kings club to see if any of the posher gents, ok trainers, are yet out and luckily they are and we can not only drink we can hopefully find out whats live and fancied later on in the week and especially at Chester. Luckily I can get my iPad up and running so we can watch our race without trekking back down the road, the pressure is firmly on as Colin has taken another £200 ew down the road for a couple of our companions. All the way round we are going very nicely and jumping the last Ian does a great job steering the old monkey and eventually wins going away. Oi Oi another great winning day as Colin goes to lighten Betfred’s Tills and comes back with a heap to divvy up. Yes we are TREATED to bubbles this time, but I cry off, Paul certainly didn’t and is filling his hollow legs at a great rate of knots and I settle for wine as I can’t afford to be hanging badly for tomorrow as we now have a busy three days.
Wednesday 6th. A great winning day yesterday two more contacts firmly placed in my mobile and both my services winning with the Late service still top and slowly building with 33points and over a 50% strike rate. We arrived home at a decent time, well decent enough anyway for me to be up at 6am and heading to get my paper.
As I have agreed to help out in the Chester special for Betfan I have decided not to go there this year, which in all honesty wasn’t any great shakes as it’s an awful journey for me of about 5-6 hours and it doesn’t hurt missing a year now and again.
Today the Grumbling Don is kicking us off with Day 1 of the Chester special, I am doing day 2 and the Colonel is bringing us home with day 3.
I had put up SILVER WINGS in the first at Chester and I wasn’t the only one who thought he had come to win his race as he traded at 1-03 in running, only for the Chester little master Franny Norton to get back up bang on the line. Our next GABRIELS KING looked the winner of the Chester Cup turning for home but evidently didn’t stay and got us our place money as we had backed him ew at 9/1.
The first of our night bets GULLYS EDGE should never of got beaten as he should of made it a test and not let the flat breed beat him for speed in the final furlong, but better was to come as James Reveley rode a lovely race on COURTOWN OSCAR to give us a nice winning day. The icing on the cake would of been EXECUTIVE BENEFIT getting us an 11/2 place and giving us an ew double with COURTOWN OSCAR but he just got muscled out of the places.
Thursday 7th. It’s my day in the sun doing the Chester special where I have to make a selection in every race.The Grumbling Don hasn’t handed me the batten in the lead lets say after a disappointing day one, well he did get a non runner. I get my selections done and sent by 10-30am. My main email also goes out and I have four selections.
MASTER OF FINANCE ew at 11/1 in the first, SPEEDY MOVE 9/1 ew in the big handicap and two away, SAINT LUCY at 85-40 and finally what I think should be a 1/2 shot WOLF SWORD who is 4/5.
I remember this day last year I got off to a flyer as i backed David Barron’s TRES CORONAS in the first and today I have gone against him I hope it doesn’t come back to bite me in the arse.
We do again get of to a flyer in my special as I hit the winner COLLABORATION at 11/4 and the third ew MASTER OF FINANCE, who was also my ANDY BELL’s clients first bet. Next I have pinned my colours to CANNOCK CHASE and AIR PILOT and we are done by the John Gosden MAVERICK WAY and finish second and third. I have taken on the Ballydoyle HANS HOLBEIN in the next with FUTURE EMPIRE and regretted it as soon as the stalls opened, I don’t think we have seen a Derby winner though.We hit the next winner with YOUNG JOHN who we had taken 4/1 on in the morning and he wins very nicely at a well backed 2/1.
Unfortunately in the last two very difficult handicaps we don’t trouble the scorers. Not a bad days work with two winners and a big priced place. On my main service we got also got an 11/1 place and a 4/5 winner.
Friday 8th. Come on the Colonel it’s your turn today all the best.
I’m heading down to Ascot for the night meet today, traveling back and than there again tomorrow.
All my selections are done and I am now leaving for Ascot, have a good day and speak soon.
Back next Saturday.
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