Sunday 30th. Following our fantastic 25/1 winner on Friday, the start of flat had a lot to live up to on its first day and didn’t do that for us. The crowd was very jovial and dressed as if it was a warm Junes day, a particular scantly clad crew, which had amassed downstairs, in the bar opposite the Ladbrokes station, were already three parts to the wind as the first race was parading and on closer inspection, as you do, it’s rude not to, The Rock and I could see why, very badly smuggled in bottles of wine were protruding from the pile of bags in the middle, obviously our stewarding qualities didn’t come to the fore as we both happy excepted glasses of the booty.
Our SILVERY MOON in the spring mile looked great on paddock inspection, where the Don was also lurking, we seemed to be travelling well 2 furlongs out, but as it seemed for the whole day it was difficult to make up ground and the horses at the front during the races came out best. I didn’t have a strong view in the Lincoln and if I had picked ten horses it would not of included the John Ryan winner.
The Rock and I spend most of the day in front of the rails bookmakers and the paddock. We did pop back to Ladbrokes and were annoyingly (hehehe) called back to the wine swilling party, who, if possible, were showing even more skin, if all the garments on show were sown together there wouldn’t of been enough material to cover the Don’s bald patch.
The rest of the day is passed upstairs in the owners and trainers bat without much incident, although I was told a Newmarket in mate is very well in himself and is expected to win next week and I am allowed to put him out on BETFAN, which is a huge bonus.
The Rock and I head for the Australian Bar in town which is really buzzing as usual and we stay for a couple of hours and decide, while we have still got a brain cell between us to eat. We head for the China Palace in Silver Street, which on entry is very nice and an indoor fountain is quaint. The meal is very nice and the Chinese beer is ok, but after the third visit to the boys room the splashing of the indoor fountain doesn’t seem quaint anymore, but a pain in the arse. The rest of the night passes without incident and we head back to the hotel.
I am awoken by an extremely excited Irishman, on the Mobile I hasten to add, who is extremely bullish about O’Brien trained BRACELET, who runs in Leopardstown today. He tells me in no uncertain terms this will win, so I quickly gather myself and back it at 9/2 and send out my email advising my clients to do likewise, win only.
I’m also told that LEO LUNA will run a big race at Ascot and ROYAL MARSKELL, who I have tissued up at 7/1 will go well at Doncaster. I am amazed when I spot we can get 14/1 with the Tote on ROYAL MARKELL and LEO LUNA is a more realistic 11/2. I advise backing these two ew singularly and also with BRACELET putting the three in an ew Trixie.
The track is much more sedate and reserved today, but I suppose it is Mothers day and all our best friends are being treated to their lunches, my brother is doing the good deed today, it’s my turn Monday night.
BRACELET bolts in at an absolutely amazing SP of 7/1, with hindsight I so wish I had put her up for the Oaks, which she has now been cut to 8/1 for.
With LEO LUNA deemed a non runner, the pressure is firmly on ROYAL MARSKELL to at least place, if he cops it we have won over 250 points in a day. Wow. ROYAL MARSKELL is travelling like a dream at the 2 furlong pole and my heart is pounding as we are looking like having a 7/1 a 14/1 and a NR in our Trixie, no it doesn’t happen as he fades out of contention and we have to settle for a 50 point winning day, shit.
Reflecting on the long train journey home is always unavoidable and I am gutted so close again, but hey, if I was told I would multiply all out stakes by over 50 times this morning I would of been over the moon. Well a fantastic winning day, but if only!!
Monday 31st. A great winning day for us yesterday, which has put us third in the table with over 80 points profit and my goal of over 100 points again doesn’t seem a million miles away now.
My Irish connection who gave us BRACELET yesterday is again ringing and I am immediately thinking he has his praise and Ra ra’s yesterday. He has been told that the ex owners of the Ted Walsh inmate NEVER NEVER who has just been sold to the McCain team will win today. This is trading at Even money and after yesterday stick with a man in form so I back this heavily personally and email out for my clients to do likewise. The very shrewd Amos stable are going for a touch on HOT WHISKEY and the word is the 13/2 will disappear as quickly as a brides nighty, so we all back this ew as well.
I hope we can continue our good start to the week as Friday is Kens funeral and I am not looking forward to it one bit and I just don’t know how it will effect me and in this game as you all know, you have to be 100% totally focused.
The brides nighty and the 13/2 on HOT WHISKEY are things of memory as he goes off at 3/1 and is always well up there and finishes a good second, so a small win. NEVER NEVER from what little I could see through the Hexham mist is headed 2 out, but battles back to win going away and also best odds guaranteed comes up trumps again as we get 6/4 SP.
Another super winning day to round of a very up and down month and this should take us over the 90 points profit, but just fall short on the 100.
Tuesday 1st. We did in fact just fall agonisingly short of my 100 point goal with a brilliant 93 points and finishing in 3rd on the BETFAN table and taking us through the milestone of the 500 points profit barrier in less than a year.
Today is relatively quiet, which always happens before a big festival. RELIABLE RICHIE is trading at 40/1 in the Hunter Chase, which is far to bigger price and I back this small ew. Smiley rides a Paul Nicholls charge at a shade odds on and we also back this.
Today I am looking at the Aintree cards and the Doctors horse in the National will be getting more than a second glance after what I am told by Steve today.
Our two today draw blanks and not the perfect start to the month, but a long way to go yet.
Wednesday 2nd. More than 12 hours ahead of us and I am now putting up SANDY COVE in the 8-55 at Kempton as the 6/1 is far to big and all the faces are going to back this today, so my clients and I get in first and hover up the 6s. RAMBO WILL is expected to run a big race today at 7/2 and because the word is so strong, against my better judgement, I do put him up, although I will say I am not the greatest fan of Southwell.
Tony the Machine is at a loose end so we meet up at the greasy spoon and have our early morning plate of heart attack. Just as we have finished I get a call saying the Dan Skelton team really fancies their JOLLYALLEN at Wincanton and to take the 10/3 price on offer asap. With no form in the book, I am totally reliant on my contacts information, but he is so keen and normally spot on, I put this up as a LATE INFORMATION BET. As we are near Corals I get the Machine to put me a cash bet on and grab the 10/3.
Weatherspoons opposite Corals seems the logic place to go, so we pitch up in there for the afternoon.
RAMBO WILL I think let FOXY MUSIC get first run on him and could never real him in and finishes a clear second. With a long wait until JOLLYALLEN and SANDY COVE I will touch base in the morning.
Thursday 3rd. JOLLYALLEN dots up by a very easy 11 lengths and thankfully I bang one in for the LATE BETTING boys and girls and it’s nice to see them top of the BETFAN tree this morning. On the ANDY BELL side SANDY COVE is totally smashed up in the betting and our 6/1 looks good as he goes off a very well backed 2/1 fav. I think he pulled our chances away in the early stages, but he does stay on to nick us a place and a very small profit.
The start of the Aintree festival today and it’s already looking like being a busy one for us.
Early doors we back both NAKUTI at Lingfield, where Silvester Kirk has made an eye catching booking of Ryan Moore and we have a very rare MAXIMUM on HUSTLE BUSTLE at Evens, at Wolverhampton in the 5-45. I also put these two in a win double. I also email out in the fox hunters at Aintree BRUNSWICK GOLD ew at 28/1 and HARRY FLASHMAN ew at 100/1.
This is the first Aintree meeting I have missed for 8 years, as I have my great and not only racing friends funeral tomorrow, at this moment in time I am not sure whether we will be betting, but I’ll see how I feel and will play it by ear.
Is Ryan Moore at fault over NAKUTIs defeat or is it my pocket talking, after watching it three more times I’m not convinced either way, whatever the verdict the best horse didn’t win.
BRUNSWICK GOLD wants a head start in the Fox Hunters and dispatches with Stuart Robinson and as it nears the high street I am praying he is pulled out as I have had some good ew bets on him.
HARRY FLASHMANS big white face is prominent, but as I’ve said don’t expect him to win, but he could nick us a place, he travels well for a circuit at a well backed 50/1 and the excitement comes to nothing as he fades away, but credit to him he does finish. THE LATE BETTING INFORMATION sit tight as their CLARET CLOAK finishes third at 4/1 backed into 7/2.
To finish off our day we have a facile win on HUSTLE BUSTLE as he leads from start to finish and wins by an easy 3-4 lengths. It’s not quite happening for the ANDY BELL’s clients at the moment as the loss by a head on NAKUTI has cost us 40ish points. I feel confident and it’s just a matter of time before we start climbing the BETFAN table.
In all a frustrating day as we have landed a maximum bet and we have not managed to kick on through a contentious ride.
Friday 4th. RIP: KEN LINDSAY.
“Good and great are seldom in the same man.” Winston Churchill
Saturday 5th. Just in case things go badly tits up today and I am unable to complete my Diary/column tomorrow, I have pre written this Friday morning and will update on all happenings next week.
THE GRAND NATIONAL: 4.15 Aintree- Pineau De Re – Each Way Bet @ 28/1 (BetVictor) 6 Places
Till next week, look after others.
Back next Saturday.