We had it and lost it. (temporally)
Monday 18th. We finished off another fantastic week with a great run from RAWNAQ who lead all the way and was just caught after the last at 33/1, so still a 8/1 winner, but how nice would it of been if he had hung on. We finish the week still top of the betfan tree and are rapidly approaching an amazing 100 points profit for the month.
Not a great days racing but I get very strong words for 2 horses today, 1 at Wolverhampton RUWAIYAN and 1 at Leicester NOM DE GUERRE both are shortish prices but are both strongly fancied.
We have a day out at Fakenham tomorrow, possibly the coldest track in the country and I have heard on the grape vine that Simon Holden is making a guest appearance.
NOM DE GUERRE runs a great race and just gets done on the line and they are well clear, so not an ideal start.
Luke Morris is told to jump out RUWAIYAN and be bang up there, so what does he do, miss the break and is always playing catchup which he doesn’t quite ever do and is beaten by a head and a neck.
A losing day for us today, but I already know we have a big priced one to back tomorrow, so no great concerns.
Tuesday 19th. As I said yesterday we have a cracker to back today, so I put SHIRAZZ up ew early as I know this is going to be very well punted and we all need to grab the 12/1 which is on offer.
SPIRIT OSCAR is meant to be a “good thing” so at 11/10 I also put this up.
As I am actually going to Fakenham I am pleased that some very strong info comes through for the unlucky last fence faller WATT BRODERICK.
I pick up Mr Jolly and take him for a day out and amazingly the sun is shining as we arrive for the days racing. Simon Holden is a non runner, but I am dismayed to spot “The Don” lurking near the paddock, so I head the other direction to the owners bar.
I am amazed to see Simon Holden waddling from the car park and unlike the Don he is a decent fellow so I call him into the bar to have a swifty with me and the Colonel (Kevan Minter).
WATT BRODERICK is cruising with a circuit to go and eases into the lead 2 out and trades at 10s on in running only for yesterdays runner to catch us right on the line. If that’s not bad enough, The Don comes in the bar and after buying only his own drink, the man is meaner than a dog shitting tacks and then shamelessly smooth’s in for all the info, hahaha no way.
Simon quickly remembers he has got to meet a new contact, the Colonel bolts for the press room and I rapidly need a P.
On returning from the boys room I spot Simon heading to buy the Tommo book and even worse I cant believe my eyes as he is posing for a picture with Tommo, ho ho ho big fellow that’s £10 for the picture and £20 for the book, Tommo is another one from the Don mould.
I am cheered up by the way the ex pointer SPIRIT OSCAR wins and we have now turned the day into a profit with our buzzer running later.
SHIRAZZ opens up at 4/1 so our 12/1 looks amazing value and the drift doesn’t concern me too much as I know all the live money is already on. I know the instructions are to hold him up and slowly ease into the race but I must admit I am not confident of victory at halfway, but as soon as he is asked he absolutely fly’s and wins with consummate ease, Oi Oi what a great gamble landed, Holy Moly (Walter Matthew) we have done it and surpassed the 100 points profit for the month.
On our meandering way home from the depths of Fakenham with Simon following we stop and pop into the poshy very expensive De Veers owned Dunstan Hall for a pint of the amber nectar or 2.
Simon was so smitten he mentioned he is considering having his members Christmas party there and a round of golf, so if interested e mail him for the dates.
Alec who, remember has been picked up for a nice day out is now driving us to the Scole Inn, where Simon encounters The Great Alfonze and realises none of my stories are exaggerated or embellished.
Thank goodness for Mr Jolly as he hustles us out of The Swan long before we want to leave, I am sure in the morning we will be eternally grateful to him.
Wednesday 20th. Thank you Mr Jolly, but still too little to late.
Steve is banging on about his belovered pointers at a crazy early time, I do manage to ease out of him that Miss Sweden is allegedly heart broken and gone missing after her confrontations in the loos with Hayley and the girls at the Weatherspoons Opening night, whether she has gone on holiday to celebrate the loss of Steve or to morn that is still open to debate. Maybe she is has been locked in the chicken coup or barn by her jealous husband.
Anyway, Hayley is now flavour of the month, but as long as Steve keeps the cracking info coming for us all to enjoy, I couldn’t care if he was entertaining and dating Bet Lynch.
1-10 Hexham FORCED FAMILY FUN was purchased out of the Newmarket stable of M Bell for a undisclosed, but I am lead to believe a considerable sum and had been scorching up the John Quinn gallops and 11/8 was far to bigger price and we had to fill our boots. Chatterbox somehow managed to get us some 6/4, the burglar.
Steve was giving me the run down on SILVER TARA which has won various points and hunters and a couple of farm yard chases and was on the verge of convincing me, until he informed me the trainer had not had a winner since the 1870s, but he does know his hunters and pointers so at 20/1 it was worth a small ew investment.
Finally we had a very confident word for the old boy BERTTIEWHITTLE who was running in the twilight meeting at Kempton and was trading at 7/1, so an ew bet to nothing and Chatterbox had his second trade of the day for me.
With all the work done and Holden still lurking in the area, I decide to try and drag him away from his latest racing trophy (Tommo’s book) for an afternoon beer and to watch the racing in the Chequers.
With our habitual seats taken in front of RUK and ATR we settle down for the afternoon racing and a few bevy’s. Chatterbox has somehow nicked me 6/4 on what is now trading at a shade odds on, FORCED FAMILY FUN which cruises around the top bend and absolutely bolts in, a great start to the afternoon.
SILVER TARA flatters to deceive at 1 point, but ultimately blows up and to me it looked a shade race unfit, but hey it was a 20/1 shot so no great concerns.
That’s all our bets done until later, when we have the old boy BERTTIE running, which I had a real good confident word for claiming he WILL not be out of the 3.
I am determined not to let this turn into another session, as we have a busy end of the week approaching and I don’t want to be feeling like crap.
Oh BERTTIE what a great race you ran and how unlucky are we that the line came just a half a stride too soon, a very admirable 2nd and rounds off another winning day and adding to our already very profitable month.
Thursday 21st. I am now getting ready for what is a huge 2 days racing, myself I am at Ascot Friday and Saturday and not forgetting the Haydock 2 day meet which includes the Betfred Chase.
I am really struggling for a bet today maybe it’s because I have just completed tomorrows cards and it’s the lull before the storm.
Finally we settle for two AW bets at Kempton tonight.
INDIAN JACK and CAESARS GIFT both blow out and unfortunately we register a blank day.
Friday 22nd. UPDATE; We should take the 9/1 2pts ew which is now on show for the old rogue TIDAL BAY in the Betfred Chase 3-00 Haydock tomorrow. Although he has many quirks he has talent in abundance and will love the conditions and will be running on when others have cried enough.
URBAN HYMN has won his last race very easily and with the M Jefferson stable in fine fettle and negative about 2/3rd Favs this looks a super bet.
Charlie Longsden is shouting about BATTLE BORN and is very bullish about how much it has come on since its last race.
SYBARITE lost his way last year so they sent him point to pointing where he has been clearing up winning his last 6. This has freshened him up and I just have a niggle that the Henderson very short priced fav could be a talking horse.
I actually drive myself down to Ascot today as I want to leave before the last race as the M25 is an absolute nightmare on a Friday evening.
I was right the Henderson horse is a talking horse, but now a very good one and is going on to much better things, whereas our bet SYBARITE showed some of his old tendencies again and maybe he will not be seen in this sphere of racing again.
URBAN HYMN does everything right and puts in a very good round of jumping just to be caught coming up to the line, I just have a niggle that it was not the correct decision to race near the cut up rail and it was quicker on the outside where the winner finished off his race.
BATTLE BORN is all the rage in the ring and I see several thousands wagered on him and ultimately he is firmly put in his place. After the race I am told he is 1 of Longsdons best bumpers at home and the whole stable were on it, so he needs watching and noting for next time.
The long drive home and lots of time to reflect on a losing day, which is not ideal, but we did have to hit a couple soon as we have been flying and it’s easier losing when we are 100ish points in front.
Saturday 23rd. The time just fly’s and the phones never stop and I am meant to be heading south again today and meeting my lift at 10-30ish. This is never going to be possible as I also have an abundance of info to sort through and I haven’t even finished all my tissues yet.
I will have to cry off, which is a shame because it’s never nice travelling on your own, I know I did it yesterday, at least on a train the mobile can be used to kill the time.
I don’t think Keith wanted the journey by himself either so we settle to grace Huntingdon today, which is only about an hourish away.
William Haggis has ARQELLA running at Lingfield and with natural improvement and knowing he has been galloping well at 2/1 we must bet this.
MY NOSEY ROSY at 7/1 comes from a very shrewd setup and I have tissued her up at 5/1 because of this and I can see 7/1 so a good ew bet.
Timmy Murphy coming to Huntingdon for 1 ride? and if this ex pointer gets 3miles 2 it will be very close, also this is the opinion of the pointer boys.
Finally, OMG, it’s now 4 bets, GREGORI chased a suicidal pace last time and still managed to hold onto 2nd. He is trading at 6/4 and I am really sweet on him, so must also bet him.
Huntingdon has a lovely pie shop just opposite the paddock and the smell is amazing so if you forget yourself and accidently pass that way the smell lures you in and that’s another 500 calories added, soon be at the Gym with Fatboy, “it’s my back, not my bellie I go for”, Holden.
I am not sure whether Liam (Jones) was caught out or didn’t see the finisher on the inside, but whatever the reason he was a clear 2nd, not the ideal start. MY NOSEY ROSIE is very well punted and although I think she would of struggled to win, she is brought down at the last when booked for a place. I am thinking and hoping with all my bets today this isn’t a sign of things to come.
Timmy Murphy is swinging off the bridle on CUTE CUTTER and trading at odds on TO WIN 2 out and as feared doesn’t stay and to compound the issue finishes 4th out of the money.
3 unlucky losers all in different ways and only GREGORI to run at 6/4, so he is only a damage limitation bet.
Thank God GREGORI pings out and leads all the way for an easy victory. Brian Meehans charge has eased the pain, but ultimately it’s a losing Saturday, at least we have finished on a winner, not a high, going into tomorrow.
Sunday 24th. As the title suggests we did hit our goal of 100 points and as of today we have slipped to 84, but hey, I think and I hope you do, 84 points or £8400 for you bigger hitters (100) or even £1680 for all you score (20) boys and girls is very acceptable for the month.
FREE BET day today, last week we just missed out on a 9/1 place by a head which was a little disappointing.
3-05 Exeter PASSATO ew at 5/1 with most firms.
Don’t forget as I reminded all my clients yesterday we have a MAXIMUM bet on the AW Tues or Weds.
Please all escape the dirt nap.
Back next Sunday.
Andy Bell Racing