The Yarmouth Festival Jolly Jaunt.
Monday 16th. Hotels booked for the Yarmouth Festival which starts tomorrow, but things in hand 1st we need to start banging in some winners on this rain softened ground. I have a very good word from the extremely shrewd Stuart Williams stable THE STRIG which runs later on this afternoon at Brighton. The information is very reliable and the form stacks up well as its ran well at and won at Brighton before and also it ran well from a difficult draw at Epsom last time. I put this up early because knowing that the money is going to come for it later. I/we snap up the 7/2 for a good amount of money. Time on my hands I start on tomorrow’s Yarmouth card assuming the going will be softish.
Race time at Brighton and the STRIG is away well at a very well backed 7/4 grabs the rail and wins cosily, very nice start to the week and a 17.5 point profit. Great day.
Tuesday 17th. Yarmouth form done, bags packed anadin at the ready and we are on the way. Its a cracking September day sun shining and the ground drying out nicely which will suit 1 off our bets rather then the other. We have backed 2 horses both at the track, the Richard Hannon trained MASTER OF WAR which has got great form in better grades then this and had a very promising come back run at Newmarket and the William Carson trained PEACE SEEKER in the last back over 5f today. Master of War runs well below par and Kieren (Fallon) said the ground was sticky and holding after the race, but I am told Peace Seeker is expected to lead all the way and hopefully runs tomorrow as well. Thankfully my cash is well placed and PEACE SEEKER makes almost all and wins nicely and Tuesday is another winning day for us, 2 on the trot.
Back to the Hotel with a pocket full of cash for a quick brush up and shower and yes we hit the town.(this could be messy).
I meet Ken, Mick and the boys in the Prom pub and the enemy (bookies) are in there as well, most of which are ok really, just a few jobs worth’s, which think its their own money and are rather quiet as we have had a good winning day.
3 or 4 quick drinks and we are already flying due to the lack of food intake and we decide to pop into town for a couple before we eat. I spot The Gambling Don heading into a restaurant which was closed down for a period due to hygiene issues, and i think heheheh after hiding and using avoidance tactics at Donny last week, fill your boots pal, losing a few inches from the waist wont hurt.
Ken is now on his 7 or 8th pint of the black nectar, by which time food is about as likely as ” Mick the Fish” backing anything bigger then 7/4. We bypass the 6 fingered drinkers pub and head down to the Colonal H, which is ran by the adorable Ruth, I think even money Ken would be like the proverbial rat up a drainpipe given the chance.
11pm and I am beginning to fade badly, I don’t know whether its the soft ground or the Holston pils, but with another 2 days of this ahead of me for once I take the sensible option and slip away unseen back to the safety of my hotel.
Wednesday 18th. I am up nice and early the post under my arm and heading for “La Continental Restaurant” for some much needed breakfast. We have a Maximum bet in the 8-15 at Kempton tonight,” TRUCANINI ” which I have already put up to my BETFAN clients, so I begrudgingly stop at Betfreds on Regent Road as my 2 very discreet bettors are struggling to get my full amount on at the early 9/4-5/2 price, which I know will not be there long as it will be smashed up during the course of the day. What a joke these bookmakers really are, they open their doors early solely for the machine playing addicts, but when it comes to a decent bet at a poultry 9/4 they shit themselves, finally after what seems an age of phone calls they offer half my bet at 9/4 and the other half at SP. At least William Hills take the rest without no problem but only at 2s.
Ham, egg and chips later courtesy of Richard Senior (La Continental) I feel a bit more human and relaxed after my blood pressure rising bookmaker encounters earlier and set of to the races. I have a wander down the course and the wind has blown most of the softness from the ground so i now think that it will be ideal for Ribbons in the big race at Yarmouth today and decide to put this up on BETFAN but for small amounts as we have had a max bet tonight. After my bets are placed and to my dismay i find out that Ribbons has had a chipped knee and not been moving ideally at home, oh crap nothing i can do now so i have to suck and see. All bets placed and work done i can relax and enjoy the days racing and look forward to a very important meeting with a “top” trainer and see if their is anyway we can work together. Ribbons is never really at the races, my meeting is a success and long term it will really benefit me all of my clients.
Coffee in a mug is a great disguise for the brandy and i use this to great effect during the day and it calms the nerves awaiting tonight’s Maximum bet.
The Fish sets off to Betfreds to back TRUCANINI opps i forget to mention my earlier problems hehehe. Oi Oi TRUCANINI wins by a clever and very cosy neck and for the 3rd day running we have cleaned up with another fantastic profit of 20ish points.
The Fish arrives back at the boozer to popping corks rather redder then when he left with horror stories of how he was messed around terribly for a soppy £100 bet at 6/4 and then he had to wait 20 minutes for the safe to unlock for his payout, it just contributes to the already rowdy and raucous atmosphere.
Its certainly not Cristal Brut we are drinking but its certainly having the desired effect and the whole of the pub is revelling in our spoils, even Ken has swopped the black stuff for the bubbles and singing along to the juke box into an upturned broomstick. As if the bubbles are not intoxicating enough in out infinite wisdom we decide, which you must all try, “VIMTO, with a twist” (WKD with a port poured in the top of the bottle) things just goes from bad to worse and i suppose we have spent enough for Ruth, bless her, to overlook the dancing on the tables and the odd pissed off or up customer slopping of.
Even the Kebab shops are closed on our meandering way back to our hotels.
Thursday 19th. 6am and oh dear, Anadin is my best pal at the moment. A pocket full of change is often a dead giveaway to a good night a expensive one and sometimes maybe even both.
For once i am praying for rain as i stumble for the hotel window to look, Mmmm not yet and our bet today at Yarmouth depends on it. We all have a 8am breakfast date this morning and walking down the cobblestones i cant stop looking skywards and wishing. Breakfast is a very quiet and rather subdued this morning and passes without event.
The drizzle starts to my delight and certainly not to all the ladies who are already probably pruning themselves for ladies day at the track. We are pining our colours to the easy weekend winner OCEAN TEMPEST trained by John Ryan, who is desperate to get another quick win out of his charge to enhance his chances of getting it in the Cambridgeshire next week.
With the arrival of the rain i put up OCEAN TEMPEST at 9/4 and Richard Fahys in the 1st at Ayr. We don’t get of to a good start with a loser at Ayr, so our day depends on Johns in the 3-20.
Ladies in all their regalia are running for any available cover as the rain arrives and i am rubbing my hands with anticipation of another winning day, We look home and hosed a furlong out only to watch our advantage eroded away with every stride, but thankfully we hang on for another WINNER and the 4th WINNING day on the trot.
A culmination of last nights lingering after effects and the fact I have got to get home tonight makes my decision to swerve the winners champagne reception easy or rather easier.
I wish we could do a BETFAN service from the track as a lot of information CIRCULATES during the course of a meeting and just before race time, as it did today in the form of the 1st winner of De Kocks and Chris Walls in the last, Food for thought BETFAN TOWERS.
Friday 20th. Last night I was absolutely shattered when I got home, i couldn’t even be bothered to count and log my winnings, I’m not sure whether its the studying, late nights, drinking or just plain old age, but I am pleased to have a day in my office in front of the old racing channels today.
Ayr with the uncertainty of the going and big fields looks virtually impossible to I decide to swerve it in favour of Newbury. After such a good week I am reluctant to put up 2 short priced 1s at Newbury, but the information is so strong I can not resist putting them up and backing both accordingly myself. Mickael Barzalona is certainly not invited for tea at our house tonight as in my opinion he went to early on French Navy and gave Ryan Moore something to chase and got beat a head and how often does it happen and he came to bite us on the arse by beating us by the same distance on our 2nd bet Red Galileo in the next. So unfortunately guys and gals we experience our 1st losing day of the week.
Saturday 21st. Although the Ayr Gold and Silver cups are not my typical betting races I feel the need to put a selection up in them both. In the silver cup Pearl Ice has a nice pitch out of stall 19, won well last time and Mr Barron has secured the services of Jamie Spencer and at 18/1 first 5 places looks a bet. In the Gold cup Louis The Pious has been threatening to win a big handicap all season under the guidance of David O Meara and its high draw of 18 is ok and at 33/1 with bet365 guaranteed 5 places this looks a cracking bet, so I put these both up ew and also an ew at HQ later on.
On arrival and walking up towards the owners and trainers bar I spot The Gambling Don doing a Usain Bolt impression, Mmmmm was he once again running away from me or even funnier was he heading for the loos, but he was certainly getting a move on, I soooooo hope it was the loos as a result of dodgy Yarmouth food…. LMAO…Payback time Don!!!! You could of been warned had it not of been for your Doncaster antics.
Our Silver Cup selection Pearl Ice is travelling nicely near the favoured quicker standside rail, but only to be known to Mr Spencer he is taken to the middle of the track which is considerably slower and as soon as this masterful piece of riding is complete so is the race for us. Louis The Pious is travelling like a dream nr the standsrail having been brought over from stall 18 and takes it up a furlong out, OMG our 33-1 shot is going like the winner and my heart misses a beat or 3 only for Highland Colour to squeeze even nearer the golden highway at the rail and spoil our party or more probably partieS and beats us into 2nd. So a nice profit is secured at Ayr thanks to my BETFAN clients because I probably wouldn’t of concentrated on the 2 cup races all night had I not considered all of you, so thank you and maybe just maybe we will be looking at the big handicaps again in the near future. Our Newmarket ew bet Breccennach in the 4-15 was just ran out of a place at 10/1 (I got that on the track for a decent bet) in the final 2 strides, shame that it would of been a perfect finish.
On leaving the course I bump into, not literally, a trainer that is confident of a HUGE run in next weeks Cambridgeshire and we will defiantly be backing it weather permitting, so if interested join the ANDY BELL TIPPING service.
Sunday 22nd. I am still gutted about getting beaten into 2nd at 33/1 yesterday in the Ayr gold cup. With just a little bit of luck over the last 2 days we could of easily amassed another 60+ points, but hey today’s another day and we need to kick on and concentrate on making this another winning month.
Today’s cards look very ordinary indeed and am I missing something as Plumpton is good/firm and Uttoxeter has watered. Recently Noah’s been very busy making guest appearance’s on the York Lendal bridge and at Romford Dogs so it might be prudent to plumb these 2 new destinations into his sat nav as future collection points.
All my good contacts must be at Church this morning as the last time my phone was this quiet was when it fell in a jug of pims at Royal Ascot (another story for another day).
Sorry I cant put up a freebie today as I don’t even know if my clients and I are having a bet.
Sign up for the Cambridgeshire meeting starting this Thursday as I love it and normally we have a great punting 3 days at my local track.
Read about the Cambridgeshire WINNER HERE next Sunday, until then be safe.
Andy Bell Racing