Sunday 29th. Lincoln day was very busy and also very blustery at Doncaster yesterday and our anti-post bet MOORHARIB ew at 20-1 if ridden a shade more prominently during the race would of finished much closer even allowing for him running very green in the last half of a furlong. He did finish third getting our ew monies and making a nice profit.
The Donny girls were all out in force and there was no fear of their skirts being blown up in the gusts because most of them were not long enough. It was bitterly cold and I am always amazed at the hardiness of these girls as the outfits they had squeezed themselves into wouldn’t of looked out of place in the Cheltenham strip club last week.
Simon and I were drifting from the paddock to the small Dessy bar where there was a rowdy hen party taking place, it was ok until the first bottle of bubbly was smashed on the floor and the Sid Vicious lookalike aunty marked our card in no uncertain terms, we thought it was time to move on.
I had to smile at the Leeches Facebook page who had been bumming our tips said that half of their tipsters were having the day off, hehehe as if on the first day of the flat and Lincoln day, they forgot to mention that our tips had been blocked from them. I smiled even more later as they said they had endured their first losing day since launch, which was only two days earlier, not easy picking them yourselves is it lol lol.
We only had the one winner Sunday the Richard Hannon trained WINDSHEAR who after his good fourth in the ledger last year I thought the 7/4 on offer was a more than far price. We also had a maximum bet on THE LATE service on DANCE FOR FIRE who I was told has been catching the proverbial pigeons on the gallops at home.
Unfortunately the weather was much the same as yesterday blustery and rainy, but once again that didn’t stop the Doncaster fashion gurus from donning their finest and tightest outfits.
I’m still not sure how DANCE FOR FIRE got beat by the 16/1 rag of the field and they both pulled ten lengths clear of the third and we got done a nose. Very disappointing but once again my LATE SERVICE has had a really good winning month making over forty points profit and keeping our heads above water, thankfully most of my clients are in both services, so with ANDY BELL’s clients hovering around the levelish mark for the month its keeping us going.
I have a nightmare journey home on the rattler, which will take me a fully six hours I could be half way to America, crazy isn’t it.
Monday 30th. A quiet day catching up after my three day jaunt, which is never a bad thing. Not a great days racing and we don’t trouble the scorers.
Tuesday 31st. Last day of the month and my LATE SERVICE has had a good one making over 40 points profit and my Cheltenham special made over 50 points profit, but unfortunately my main ANDY BELLs service has had another poor month, although it did finish levelish. I have no fears as we will have another great flat season and WILL make loads of profit again this year.
I’m heading up the A14 today towards Huntingdon with a view to backing MONDU CANE, which I also advise and I think the 11/10 should be snapped up. Also the Brian Ellison SAMTU is really well fancied and the 11/4 will soon also come under pressure.
The weather here is awful and once again I have huge gusts of wind to contend with, I suppose it’s worse for the little fellows jumping 4 foot fences and traveling at 30 miles an hour.
Once again AP is the main attraction as his little line of autograph hunters trail behind him like ants, but I didn’t see him refuse one all day, not even my requests to sign his winner and last ride in my Cheltenham programs.
MONDU CANE gets our day off to a good start with the minimum of fuss at a very well backed 8/15 making our 11/10 look huge. Turning for home I’m thinking the well backed SAMTU 11/4 into 6/4 has the race won, but is just ran out of things in the final furlong.
Wednesday 1st. First day of the month and we have the Craven meeting in two weeks at HQ and I am going to put up my anti-post bet for the 1000 Guineas in the next couple of days which is trading at 25/1 at the moment.
My first bet of the day and a new month is a maximum, but we will have to wait right until last knockings as he runs in the 8-45 at Kempton and it’s BALTIC PRINCE who has been smartly placed by Tony Carroll as he gets into tonight’s race without a penalty after his last win and he has Tom on board who is a more than capable 7lb claimer and the 15/8 looks a good price, which I take and suggest likewise as I know he will be backed.
Marco Botti had a big string out this morning, I suppose he is giving them their last prep gallop before going to Lingfield for the big good Friday and Saturday meeting.
BALTIC PRINCE was very well backed into 11/8 as I suggested he would be and young Tom had him perfectly placed to kick for home two out and won really nicely to give us the perfect winning start to the month.
Lets hope we can have a really good winning month and get rocking and rolling again.
Thursday 2nd. 5am and I’m leaving for the gallops at Newmarket again and I want to watch one lot in particular and see if he is ready for next week, if he does what I’m told he should we have a maximum bet on the horizon.
We watched the boy do a scintillating piece of work as his trainer had fully expected and all roads now lead to the Greedy 1s pockets next week. We have breakfast in the Whitelion and I am told that the Mark Johnson trained TIZLOVE REGARDLESS is expected to go very well today under a front running ride from Joe Fanning, well thats the plan anyway. I email him out and suggest taking the 5/2. Finally Steve has had the nod from the good Doctor about BOMBADERO who has been jumping and working really well at home, so I also suggest my clients back him win only and take the 13/8 on offer.
Right a quick shower and spruce up as a play day has been planned with the boys in town.
I have a nice few quid in cash on me today so I get Tony The Machine to pop across the road to Joe Corals and top me up with another £200 on TIZLOVE REGARDLESS a small forecast and an ew bet all in the same race. I am very happy and amazed that he has got me 7/2. Paul Cabbage and myself watch it on my iPad in Weatherspoons as I don’t want to bring any needless attention to myself and the possible connection to the bet that The Machine had just placed. Joe Fanning does exactly what we were told he would and jumps out in front and leads all the way to our louder than exceptable cheers, well in a couple of diners eyes anyway. Tony returns full of smiles and more importantly good old Joe’s folding and a nice bottle of bubbly is promptly ordered. Just as we are halve way down the bottle it’s time to reinvest in the good Doctors BOMBADERO. This time Paul Cabbage trots across the road with £300 of my money, £100 of The Machines and £200 of his own and returns smiling as he has told most of Corals and with another amazing price of 2/1, as when I put him out the best on offer was 13/8. This time as the green colours loom up on the inside at the last and jumps to the front the last thing on our minds are the snotty diners as we cheer him all the way to the line and well past. The Machine is ordering the bubbles even before Cabbage returns and before the manager can complain about the joyous scenes he has just witnessed.
As always Cabbage the showman returns with a monster wad and places it in the middle of the table for all to see. We have our respectable weigh ins and the scene is set for a messy one. It’s not helped by three grateful punters showing their gratitude over the counter for us.
The taxi was hailed about 7-30, I think it was we jumped before we were pushed to be honest, but no harm done apart from a box of mayonnaise sachets leaving with us lol.
Friday 3rd. I wake up this morning after hitting two more winners yesterday, hanging like the proverbial one but at the top of the Betfan tree, I know it’s early doors, but it’s still nice to get off to a flyer. The old arris and new Delhi are telling me my Indian was far to hot last night, although I have no recollection of eating one.
It looks like Good Friday racing is here to stay and once again Lingfield has a fantastic card for us to enjoy today. I was told Wednesday that the Richard Hannon trained LEXINGTON TIMES had really strengthened up over the winter and is fully expected to get todays mile trip and win on route to the Guineas.
Also on today’s email I advise backing LEXINGTON TIMES, PRETEND and TRYSTER and playing them in doubles as well.
For once after racing I shall be cheering the scum on, Ipswich, who could do us, Norwich a right favor if they can beat Bournemouth live on Sky TV this evening, obviously Norwich have to go to Brighton and win early doors, but I think they’re a good bet to win down there.
Great start to the day as PRETEND shows his true class and can be called the winner turning for home and as soon as Buick gets him to change his feet he wins going away setting us up for a super day in the process.
LEXINGTON TIMES runs a bit below par because he is beaten by FOUR SEASONS who he beat into fourth last time, I think it was a case of Adam Kirby nicking the race, the old adage chance the jockey change the result.
Wow how good is TRYSTER off a mark of 112, it’s the best aw performance I can remember seeing, he had no right to win from where he was placed coming off the bend and his fantastic run gives us a nice double with PRETEND and another winning day making it three on the trot.
“I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me” – Winston S. Churchill
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing