Clearing up after the Storm…
Cheltenham Catch Up. After another good winning day yesterday, Wednesday, making another 20 points, but unfortunately not as good as the Dons, we sail on into day 3. I like the Paul Nichols trained WONDERFUL CHARM in the opener. The Pipe team have been going well so I put up TOP WOOD ew and also stick with the same Jockey trainer combination in the next with DYNASTE.
Ruby and ANNIE POWER gets the vote in the stayers, with THIRD INTENTION and finally and not by least CAUSE OF CAUSES in the finale.
Another spanking day, the sun is shinning and the birds are singing, The Rock Holden isn’t quite so jovial, although he is in total denial of having a steaming hangover, I know he has by the way his fried breakfast was pushed round the plate as if it was a roulette wheel. But I can’t fault him as he has banged in a 100+ point profit so far this month with his Stable Line Gold service.
The track is again heaving and we pitch up in the ISTABRAQ bar and settle for the day.
WONDERFUL CHARM runs like most of Nicholls has this week flat and poor and is never in contention. TOP WOOD runs like the proverbial drain and the day is off to a poor start. In my opinion, not only because all our money was on DYNASTE, but I think Tom Scu ‘s ride should certainly be up there with ride of the week. Just what the doctor ordered and we are up and running with a nice winner. THIRD INTENTION was the Tizzards father son combination who was properly smashed up in the betting and we had a great price only for him to hit three out, but we did nick a place in 5th. How unlucky are we not to finish the day with our 2nd winner, when CAUSE OF CAUSES is travelling like a dream and the winner, when him and Nina demolishes the last and finishes a very fast and a very unlucky second. Well, another winning day which I am proud of and even more so that’s three winning days on the trot and when you consider the task I’m very happy with that.
Last night it was much the same as the previous three, too much drink and not enough food.
Apparently, today, Friday, we are meant to be meeting one of our pimps, one of the top three has been granted a pass from Betfan Towers and is winging his way across to have a meet and a beer. Let’s hope big Si isn’t to scared to attend.
The only good bit of today was that Simon and his wife Bonnie did show and although the Betfan shares were tumbling at a fair rate of knots as we hit loser after loser, we did manage a laugh and a few wines.
Writing about today with the added advantage of hindsight is slightly easier, because in short it was an absolute massacre for all punters. When the winning trainers are in a state of shock, who are there for every moment of their horses preparation, what chance have we. Since Greedy Friday, which I have now named it, as the Greedy 1s creamed it and the smug bastards killed us all, I have spoken to many tipsters from the top to the bottom of the tree and got very much the same answer “unbelievable results.”
Well hands up, well done Grumbling you beat me fair and square and between us we hit about 13/14 winning bets on the week, which on hindsight is an amazing 50%ish and made all the special sign ups a cracking 60ish point profit on the four days, at £20 a point that’s £1,200 for opening an email. How fickle are a few people??
Unbelievably because Friday was crap and a washout, we had people moaning, I know why, I bet the moaners had spunked our profits on other selections and didn’t have the brilliant 130 point profit bank we had amassed going into Friday, as I said on my Facebook page, a quote from the greatest jockey, John Francome “you would have to dig an awfully big hole to earn that.”
I will hopefully be given the chance to take the Grumbling on again as I was happy with my three winning days to his one.
I am now at Cheltenham station with a six hour car and train journey home and my hangover from hell isn’t helping the cause. As you read in the Grumblings column last Sunday we did all meet and had a sing song until very late and things did get out of hand, although I must say, I didn’t realise he was quite so drunk, as in his column he seemed to have got the egg throwing the wrong way round, I am sure he was the target with Penny even copping the odd sneaky head shot in, well let’s leave it there.
In my pitiful Saturday column I put up SONGSMITH EW as my free tip and I am told by my very good friend Grandad Steve that OSCAR HOOF is the good thing of the day. As I am on the Birmingham new street to Peterborough rattler with no wifi and obviously without odds checker, I commit the cardinal sin and copy the racing posts price of 7/2 and post this as a bet. As I get to Peterborough and get wifi my inbox is full, as most people have smashed up every bookmakers insisting on the 7/2 on what is a 7/4 at best, sorry all, but at least he bolts up as expected and also our free tip SONGSMITH is only just beaten, but nicks us a place at 9/1.
Back to the norm yesterday again with a nice winning day, although I must apologise to my late betting clients as at the moment I can’t tip rubbish and could stop a train. A couple I feel sorry for especially as they joined after the amazing 11winners on the trot and have had to endure the darker side. I have no worries personally, as I know the strength of my network and it will turn again. Don’t forget I have not found the holy grail, I am just more fortunate through hard work than most others to have such great trustworthy contacts to back my form and tissues.
Monday 17th. I feel absolutely awful today full of cold and a throat full of razor blades. Five hard days at Cheltenham has to take the brunt of the blame as does Manchurian Pete, who was coughing and spluttering all week. It’s a catch up couple of days and many things need to be done as it’s now less than a month before the Craven meeting at Newmarket. We have had a great jumps year and Steve has played a big part in that, thank you, but we come into our own on the flat, with a plethora of contacts and also getting on the gallops watching for myself. Exciting times coming.
Tuesday 18th. An exciting day promises as I have an early call saying that if the ground walks ok we will be in the process of having a very large bet today, but I will not be told either way until 12ish. We need it after two losers yesterday. So I email all my clients this information and we all sit tight.
As promised the call comes through bang on 12 telling me to get on ASKAMORE DARSI of McCains at 9/4. I back this with B365 and also get two others to get what they can on it for me. The emails are all done, so let’s hope he does the business for us.
I hear that we will have a national hunt flat race bet tomorrow, so hopefully if we cop today we can pile in again tomorrow.
ASKAMORE DARSI puts in a good round of jumping and wins a shade costly at an absolutely stunning 7/2 sp. Best odds guaranteed comes up trumps again, unfortunately I only get best odds on two out of my three bets, but no great concerns.
A cracking 28 point profit day and that will help scoot us back up the table and into eyesight again.
Wednesday 19th. We sneak up into fifth on the table and we have already been advised we have a really good bet today at Warwick, which is going to be well punted. I make the relevant calls and I am told it’s all systems go and we must take the 3/1 which is on show with various greedy 1s on KINGS TEMPEST in the last. During the course of the morning I can see the price drying up on KINGS TEMPEST and I am forecasting this will end up a short priced favourite.
Oh dear Lord Howie have you no shame, you know it’s your fault our suits are so old, as The Rock and I bought them specially for your retirement party, which was scheduled 10 years ago.
Young Sam knew exactly what he had under him as he gave KINGS TEMPEST a very confident hold up ride and then kicking for home in the final furlong and winning very nicely. We pop another 12 points in the locker and secure another nice winning day.
Thursday 20th. Another really nice winner yesterday and I am very happy to say that gives us 40 points profit in the last two days and firmly sits us in fourth. The work is far from finished yet as I want to see if I can hit another 100+ point profit month.
I am quite excited when SHE RANKS ME comes through this morning as it came from the same source as Wednesdays McCains 7/2 winner. Although today this is only even money I still decide to back and email this out.
Saturday could be a huge day for us as I already know we have at least one almost maximum bet and another possible.
I think even without SHE RANKS ME being impeded jumping the last she had already jumped her chances away by constantly jumping out to the left. A shame as we were building very nicely this week.
Friday 21st. Mr Holden’s Betfan TV was a bit late being filmed this morning as the 6am drifted into 7am and if you look very closely you will see his J B Whiskey eyes. It was such a shame as we did it from Malta’s, Gnenja bay yesterday and the film looked amazing with the sea as the back set, the only problem was the iPad picked up the very slightest breeze and turned it into a raging wind tunnel effect on film. I also filmed last weeks in Cheltenham with an 8/1 winner on the horses and a 6/4 winner on the football, so this weeks has got to go some to match that, but if you fancy a look go to betfan.com/TV
IFYOUSAYSO runs in the 3.45n today and I am told to back it and not worry about the longer than ideal absence as they have been waiting for the correct ground. From what I was told I am going to have a swing at this today and at 3/1 I advise all my clients via email to do likewise.
PRECARIOUSLY GOOD was well backed and went off odds on last time and the change in surface and the eye catching booking of Hughsey is supposed to have the desired effect. I suggest we take the 11/4 on offer.
We have a big day at Lingfield tomorrow as it’s winter derby trials and I think the favourite GRANDEUR will take all the beating after his last months smooth win, when we backed him there.
PRECARIOUSLY GOOD is awful and trots in last, the report was he didn’t go on the surface, I wish they had the foresight to try him on it at home, but I suppose that’s too easy.
I really thought we had banked another winner as IFYOUSAYSO lead and jumped really well, only to be caught on the run in and beaten a neck after an agonising 3miles.
A losing day which was a neck away from being another great winning one, but tomorrow’s another day.
Saturday 22nd. A great days racing today from all parts of the country. I am also involved in the battle of the tipsters, so a very busy day ahead of me.
Today’s FREE TIP:
2.55 Newbury – Run Ructions Run – 6/1 (Betvictor) – Each Way Bet
Have a great days punting and I hope it’s very profitable for all of us.
Until next week be good.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing