Sunday 12th. After a cracking day Friday with two nice priced winners at 10/1 and 7/1 and a couple of seconds, our luck turned sour on the big day itself. The first race I had made a two horse race and that’s the way it ended as we backed the first and second, next it’s GODS OWEN who I thought looked well in after his second at the festival to UN DE SEAUX, next was very much the same as COLE HARDEN finished YES second and than WONDERFUL CHARM was only beaten a neck and a neck giving us an ew third. How annoying and frustrating one winner a third and four seconds in the first four races. It was than the ” big one” three out PINEAU DE RE started to work his way through the field and our other bet THE DRUIDS NEPHEW ew took it up going very strongly, that’s where our buzz was cruelly curtailed as jumping two out when three clear DRUIDS crumpled on landing after jumping the fence and PINEAUS charge flattened out, leaving us thinking this is firmly not going to be our day in the sun as it was last year. Our day rather fizzled out after that as Ruby’s ride did in the last who we had backed ew finishing fifth.
So in summary out of the twenty one races we achieved;
6. Seconds how annoying are these.
We got over half the races placed which I think is a cracking feat in itself resulting in a very small three day festival loss, if only just one of our seconds had of won we would of turned in profitable figures, day one and CALL THE COPS, 5 points win at 6/1 beaten a head springs to mind immediately, although as you can see there’s many more if, buts and whys that’s how close we were.
Sunday morning and I can’t see anything whatsoever to back today and after my excursions in the last three days I’m certainly not going to attempt to find something that’s not there.
Monday 13th. My Donald McCain contact really thinks that MASTER DEE can win the first today so I email him out at 13/8. Also I add a maximum Hunter Chaser bet CRAZY DIAMOND who is fully expected to win after bossing and beating the pointer fields in his last five races and also advise taking the 13/8.
The maximum bet we had on our Hunter Chaser went begging this afternoon and I think when Nick watches his ride on CRAZY DIAMOND the prolific point winner tonight, he will think he was too over confident and that he should of kicked on three out instead of taking a pull or even again two out before getting out ridden after the last to finish a close second.
Tuesday 14th. There’s not a great deal happening today and I am working on tomorrows cards for the opening day of the Craven meeting.
Wednesday 15th. Oi oi here we go first day of the Craven meeting and NOW it’s time for me to start kicking in those big profits again. If you’re not already part of Bellie Boys team you need to join up now because we will start making some tasty profits AGAIN and making those Greedy 1’s eyes water.
That’s enough mouthing we need to put it all into hard practice. As I explain in my early email the Brocklesby winner RAVENHOE looks very vulnerable at a short price as he won in a slow time and the second was well beaten at Musselburgh next time and the Hugo Palmer stable are adamant that if GIFTED MASTER gets beaten it will have to be a group horse that does it, so on the back of this I suggest a big win bet at 7/2.
Next I also advise my ANDY BELLs clients a minimum bet in the Free handicap on GLENALMOND ew at 16/1 as I am told the 4/9 favourite FAYDHAN has not been sparkling at home and needs taking on and finally and certainly not least I can’t understand why the Luca Cumani SPIRITING trading at a silly short price of 2/1 when he was only second in a maiden at Yarmouth and SALT ISLAND finished close up in a listed race, to me it’s a no brainer it has to be SALT ISLAND ew at 13/2.
It seems so long since I made the shortish journey to the Rowley Mile track and it’s only been a matter of months, but I still get the same buzz and tingles.
On arrival I bump into the John Gosden team and they are very bullish about the chances of GOLDEN HORN ridden by Frankie later this afternoon, so I immediately email him out as a LATE advice and suggest taking the 9/4 on offer.
Goly gosh at last my grandmas tv’s have gone and been up graded in the owners and trainers as we have some state of the art flat screens on show and it’s not even snowing anymore. The whole place has been very tastefully upgraded and they are even giving away free fairy cakes, welcome to the 21st century Newmarket well done.
Oi oi our day gets off to a flyer as GIFTED MASTER flies up the rail and gives us a 4/1 winning start, with the well backed favourite unsighted. next we are taking on the very short priced favourite FAYDHAN who hasn’t been sparkling at home with GLENALMOND at 16/1, coming up the hill I can see my information regarding the 1/2 favourite is spot on as he wins nothing, but unfortunately we cant quite nick a place, with hind sight I should of got stuck into laying the odds on favourite, easy now isn’t it.
Things just keep getting better as GOLDEN HORN who is still as green as grass wins very nicely and I’m told he will now go for the Dante at York and Frank Spencer is at his best as he bolts up on SALT ISLAND ending a fantastic day and giving us all a 7/1 winner to go home with.
In all a great days work and we have killed the first day of the Craven meeting.
Thursday 16th. After a fantastic opening day at the Craven yesterday where we hit three winners 4/1, 9/4 and 7/1 I really want it to happen today as it’s the first annual jolly boys outing and all eyes are firming on me. The bus picks us up at about 10ish as Bedford lodge is the first port of call and god forbid if we didn’t get at least four bears into us before we got to the course.
After our successes yesterday I’m going for it today with three selections and an ew trixie. I am emailing these out early as i don’t want things to go tits up on route. First up is an 11/1 shot from the Marco Botti stable in the last and finally two from the boys in blue SECRET BRIEF and FRENCH NAVY.
We didn’t even get to the Bedford lodge without a drink as the landlord from a pickup point gave us three bottles of bubbles for the journey there and a promise of another three when we stop on the way back. Bedford lodge was relatively quiet for day two of the Craven, but I’m sure that won’t last with a bus load of hoods descending upon them. A £300 charged kitty and we are racing. The beers are freely flowing Mr Bailey is in attendance and all seems to be going to plan, all I need to do now is hopefully emulate yesterday.
We rock up a the course just before the first with four or five beers already swilling around our insides and I have my fingers firmly crossed.
We settle for the downstairs Cask bar no bets for the majority of us in the first but our first bet is ARGUS ew in the second at 9/1, I’m amazed as the monies really come for this Ralph Becket newcomer and he finally goes off 3/1 joint favourite. He does flatter to deceive at one point but just finished out of the places and after the race I’m told the ground was on the quick side for him. The lack of monies told the story on SECRET BRIEF as he is a big drifter and trails in last. My last hope of street cred is now firmly placed on FRENCH NAVY and thankfully he doesn’t let me down, although I did get a few pulpertations as the gaps didn’t immediately come, but as soon as he saw daylight he flew and won with a bit in hand, oi oi a nice winner and I haven’t got to walk home.
We have planned to stop at the Kentford Cock for a steak on the way home and as Ian sleeps at the head of the table Paul Cabbage eats his steak and he awakes to just a piece of fat lol, after this things became a shade cloudy.
Friday 17th. God where am I, I don’t recognize anything, the note pad beside my bed says The Scole Inn, what the F##k am I doing here, alone I hasten to add, anyway no harm seems to be done as the receptionist calls me a cab home. I must say things are a shade frosty, think I will have to pop back to Newmarket for a livener.
I’m in no state to go to Newbury today, but I will be heading there tomorrow.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing