Another Super Month Under the Belt.
Sunday 25th. Wow how impressive was KINGMAN once he had a bit of cut in the ground, it’s not hind sight because I said yesterday, what an absolutely amazing price even money was and turned out to be. His most likely next trip out will be on June 17th to contest the group 1 St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
SLIP SLIDING AWAY and Adam Kirby saved our day and my blushes as we pulled things round to only finishing with a very small loss. I thought GENIUS BOY, who we had backed earlier was home and hosed and so did most of betfair as he was trading at 10s on to win, only to run out of steam and the same applied to NORTHGATE STAR.
This morning, Golly Gosh Lord Howie, we wake to see you smashed it yesterday, any retirement plans will have to be put on hold as there’s life in the old dog yet. VERY well done the Lord, lets see it more often old chap, as it’s good for the whole of BETFAN and most probably your own heart as well.
Our ew bet PALACE in the 1000g, was out paced at a crucial stage and ran on very strongly to finish a fast closing 5th, next time in a mile and a half this has got to and will be backed by me.
You just love Tony McCoy when he’s on side, but when he is against you it’s a different kettle of fish, as Paul Malhony cruised up on RIVER PURPLE and jumped the last in front, for all intense purposes I thought we had copped a right nice 22 points profit, only for McCoy to literally lift his to victory and deny us a lovely win.
Our LATE BETTING SERVICE has until 6pm at Kelso to wait until our ew bet on JENNYS MELODY at 7/1 runs against the odds on hot favourite.
There was never a moments doubt about the marvellous trainer Doctor Newlands charge NEVEROWNUP, who literally bolted in at 4/6 making our 5/4 look massive and with his plethora of entries next week, I can see him making it three on the trot since joining the doctors ranks.
A really bold front running ride on JENNYS MELODY nearly nicks it for us as we lead all the way only to be mown down by the odds on shot close home and we finish a clear second.
A small losing day, thanks to the marvellous A P McCoy’s excellence and strength in the saddle denying us a very profitable one.
Monday 26th. Only a brilliant ride denied us a 20 point profit yesterday, oh such small margins between winning and losing.
Bank Holiday Monday and I am heading up to Leicester racecourse in order to smash into the William Haggis trained WONDERSTRUCK, as I have been told she has really flourished since her debut and if her very shrewd trainers lofty entries are anything to go by, this Ribblesdale charge must win well today.
I am also putting WONDERSTRUCK up as a MAXIMUM bet to all my Betfan clients, coupled with The Karl Burke trained TRIXIE MALONE, who won well for us last time out and I am sticking with this gutsy little front runner again today here at Leicester and MAMBO SPIRIT looks a bet to nothing each way. With all my emails done, I can now finish my last leg of the nearly 3 hour journey.
We have a slight stewards inquiry as I enter the car park as the, what must be a Chelsea pensioner questions my Jockeys car park badge, it is real by the way, just the badges owner isn’t sitting beside me today. Anyway a smile and a very sharp intake, no, now I am lying a very very very sharp intake of breath and we are through.
I am disappointed that the fish stall has been replaced by a clothes and racing book stall, but I do buy a Mick Fitzgerald’s, better than sex, autobiography and also an old John Francome one, to add to my ever growing collection.
TRIXIE MALONE runs her race and attempts to lead all the way, but the handicapper has now caught up with her and she finishes a gallant second. As we thought MAMBO SPIRIT is an ew bet to nothing and gets us a place. We are just hitting the cross bar at the moment, not far away, but not close enough.
It is now raining quite considerably here and quite miserable, which is made worse by the fact I am told it’s sunny and lovely back home. My day doesn’t improve as Mr Haggis now considers the ground unsuitable for WONDERSTRUCK and pulls his filly out, which is much better than her not acting on it and doing my dough. She goes to Newmarket on Friday to contest the maiden, which also has the long awaited racecourse appearance of the 3.7 million purchase HYDROGEN.
On a strict line of form through today’s run away victor the John Gosden trained winner REWAAYA, today’s maximum bet WONDERSTRUCK, who beat it by three lengths last time must of had an excellent chance, Mmmmm a chance of a maximum missed, we will never know for sure.
A billy no mates night is looming for me as most sensible people are enjoying the sunny bank holiday with their BBQ’s flaming and a few tinnies at home, so I was gleefully told. The closest I will get to flame grill tonight, will most probably be a Tandoori Chicken dish from the Taj Mahal in Northfield Street, just off the main drag.
The first port of call is The Highcross, which is a Weatherspoons run establishment on the high street. Far from being the first in there a few look as if they have camped here for the whole bank holiday, I am certainly on a different level and have got some catching up to do. After a couple of pints of the good old £2-00 a pint Stella, I head past the train station and into the city centre and into The Long Bar, where is Simon Holden when you need him, as this is a very stylish cocktail bar and we all now know how he enjoys buying them at the moment. Not in a cocktail mood tonight, so bottles of Stella for me. A tap on the shoulder and it’s one of my adversaries, who had been standing at Leicester today, whom will remain anonymous. The sob stories don’t get any better, as he tells me the on course markets are dead and there is no money left in the ring, when I pose the question is it their own faults for being so greedy, not offering concessions, always a point or two behind Betfair and sometimes ten and twenty points behind on outsiders, that might be the real reason, once again it falls on deaf ears. Or maybe they had it so good for so long now it’s a reality check and they now need to enter the 21st century as there is so much information available at our finger tips all the mug punters are skint and gone.
Anyway the beer he has bought me tastes good, it’s a bit of company and an easy wind up. We go our separate ways after a few, believing that both our opinions are correct.
I surprise myself as the glitzy lights of The Real China restaurant entices me in and I must say I am very pleased as it was lovely, so is the waitress and also the added bonus of no toilet roll in the fridge needed tonight, as no delhi bellie to fear for tomorrows journey homewards.
I shall decide whether to stay at Leicester for tomorrows racing or head halfway home for the evening meeting at Huntingdon, all is weather dependent.
Tuesday 27th. What’s this new service that has “appeared” at the top of the BETFAN tree from nowhere. I have been working my butt off all year, as has the rest of the BETFAN tipsters I’m sure to amass what now seems like a poultry 500 points in a year, only to wake up and see THE SHREWD TIPSTER suddenly appears with over 1400 long term points profit. He may well be very good and only time will tell, but it does feel like a kick in the bollocks. Enough moaning and stress or Lord Howie may well be attending my funeral.
Anyway I am leaving this morning and heading to Huntingdon with a rare hope that the rain WILL arrive. The forecast sounds promising as it predicts 15mm of rain, which is ideal for our bet in the first.
I stop at McDonald’s on the A6 to put my selections up and decide as I know our easy Sunday winner NEVEROWNUP doesn’t want rain and will not run if it does arrive. With this in mind I email out the mud lover KING HELISIO ridden by A P McCoy and an ew steal JACK LUEY, who runs at Redcar at 4/1.
I arrive at Huntingdon and to my dismay they have missed all the rain and I have gone against our very easy Sunday winner NEVEROWNUP in the hope that the forecasted 15mm would arrive.
The rest is history as they say NEVEROWNUP bolts in our bet in the first never happens, at least JACK LUEY nicks us a place
Wednesday 28th. We have had a slight blip and a dip in our monthly profits, which isn’t good as we are approaching the month end and it doesn’t give me a great deal of time to recover.
I have two bigger priced bets today, which I email out as ew bets. FINDOG is trading at 10/1 and PUSH ME is 17/2. I don’t go in big today, as we have endured three poor days by our high standards.
FINDOG is an absolute pig before the race and a major problem to load, pity the stalls handlers did such a great job as forced her in, as she came out last and stayed there for the whole race. Not a good start to the day.
Next race we have PUSH ME, who has been well backed into 6/1 from our 17/2 and he is always well placed and wins very cheekily. As I reply to one of my happy punters on Facebook from Cyprus, from chump to champ in 30 minutes. A super turn around and we have won just under twenty points on the day.
Thursday 29th. We have some marvellous racing at Sandown tonight, why ever isn’t this a Friday day card, I shall not suggest a Saturday as it’s already overloaded and a nightmare.
I have two very strong early messages this morning, both at Sandown, Sir Michael Stoute’s trained ABSELL and the Richard Hannon Jnr trained TIGGY WIGGY. I email both these out early and suggest a big win bet on each and also a win double.
The Rock Holden was on his soap box this morning in his column, with a scathing attack on Haydocks clerk of the course, Mr Tellwright, regarding his going descriptions. I am pleased that somebody else has jumped on the band wagon, because I have been banging on about this despicable behaviour for years. As we all know the ground can beat any horse. I just wonder if his poor analysis of the going was in conjunction with the massive scoop 6 pot, maybe Freddy boy wanted it to continue another week or two and wanted another spoke put in the works, or maybe there was nothing sinister at all, just Michael Fishe’s training of Mr Tellwright.
As I comment in my next email, I am not going to be like some tipsters and sit on my laurels and have no bet days and cut my points tendered just because I’m over the magical 100 points profit barrier for this month, I am going to continue piling in.
I am told that ANSAAB is a tremendous ew bet at 8/1, the drop back in distance is supposedly meant to suit CHILL FACTOR and my final bet is the 18/1 shot WHIPLASH WILLEY ew.
I am well aware that we have a lot of money/points laid out today and wonder whether I should have hid behind my profits a little bit, only time will tell “fortune favours the brave.”
I now have two days planned racing at Newmarket, it’s the opening meeting of the year on the July course. It’s just a mile or so up the hill from the Rowley Mile course.
Our first runner of the afternoon is ANSAAB, he has been well backed from our 8/1 into 5/1 second fav. A furlong out I think we may just win, but he never quite picks up and finishes a clear third and makes us a small profit on our place money, as we expected. CHILL FACTOR is shite, enough said I think, roll on this evening.
TIGGY WIGGY carries all our monies as ABSELL has been declared a non runner and scuppered any chance of landing our double. In what on paper looks a tricky little event, the Scott Dixon ” Cock Of The North” has been really well backed into favouritism and a couple of others are quietly fancied. If TIGGY is going to represent the Hannons at Royal Ascot he must reproduce, what I have been told is sparkling homework on the track tonight. As soon as Hughsey makes his move a furlong out the result is never in doubt has he flies away to a four length victory. All roads roads now lead to the Royal Meeting than possibly on to the Super Sprint at Newbury.
I am disappointed/pissed off whatever you want to call it, when I check how many points I have put up on my last runner of the day, WHIPLASH WILLEY at 18/1, only to see that the knobhead Bellie boy has mistakenly put him up win only, surely my punters know me well enough now and have noticed this little #### up and backed him ew, I’m sure?
Anyway, although I can’t take any credit for it WILLIE runs on very strongly into third for a place.
“HE WHO DARES WINS” as Delboy so rightly says, we have made 22 points profit and that’s allowing for my faux par, which I’m sure you spotted, so another super winning day.
Friday 30th. I’m heading to Newmarket’s July course today and all being well tomorrow also.
TILSTAR is my first email advising us to back this Shamadal filly and she is ridden by Richard Hughes today and as long as we don’t get any more rain she is expected to go close.
Mr Jolly hasn’t been in the best of health, after his funny turn at Yarmouth last Tuesday night and I have rather bullied him in an attempt to get him motivated and out of the house again, as he seems very apprehensive about racing again, I’ve taken the view, it’s like when you fall off a bike, you need to get on as quick as possible again.
Mr Jolly safely in the back of the car so he can rest and we are on our way, also with him in the car and me driving insures that no alcohol tickles my taste buds.
As there is no free wifi at Newmarket, I suspect the bookies have paid for a block on it, I take my mobile phone so I can set up a hotspot and then use my iPad.
We have a huge bet lined up at Stratford in the Champion Hunters tonight, which I email out to my LATE BETTING SERVICE and advise taking the 20/1. We have been told that this will not be out of the three and is very possibly the most likely winner.
The Grumbling Don joins me at my table, after blagging, I think, his way into the owners and trainers, surprisingly with a smirk and asks me whether I am looking forward to our TWO DAY DERBY rematch. No problem as I think I was “morally” the winner last time with three winning days from the four to his one, I like to think he fluked a 20/1 winner, but no winner at Cheltenham is a fluke, he just got lucky heheheh, but as they say look at tomorrows results, I wasn’t.
I am sure the bad bastard saw me drive into the car park and help Mr Jolly on to his wheel car as the a pre paid bottle of wine in a bucket arrives at the table, with two glasses and he proceeds pouring. Just in case this is a genuine gesture it would be rude not to have a glass I think.
So the bottle has gone and so has the Don (is that poet Laureate stuff) and I can concentrate on the days racing. Mr Haggis confirms that his filly WONDERSTRUCK is now Royal Ascot bound after her nice win, how far would she of won at Leicester on Monday had the conditions allowed her to run, when we had a MAXIMUM bet on her, I wonder. If your wondering why I didn’t back and put her up today it was because we had two unknown quantities, the most expensive yearly of 2012 and the Dante winner in the same race, just reiterates what we thought, that she is very good.
Today we draw a blank and our Hunter Chaser is a non runner, at time of writing I don’t know for what reason.
Saturday 31st. Last day of another cracking month and we have amassed 112 points profit so far. The LATE service is nicely in profit, which is also very pleasing.
I am quietly looking forward to the start of the “DERBY DUSTUP” between THE DON v ANDY BELL 2, kicking off next Friday, especially after us putting up 12-13 (I think) winning bets and amassing an incredible 49 points profit between us, bearing in mind we HAD to select in every SINGLE race, not unfortunately, just our preferred races.
BRING IT ON, THE DON. (The Laureate in me again).
TODAYS FREE TIP:
NEWMARKET 3-35. No 5 RYE HOUSE 3/1 Corals, William Hill and others.
This is a very apt quote, from the great man, as my ANDY BELL members will know and understand, whilst placing their maximum win bet today.
“There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.”
– Winston Churchill
Another month finished, another successful month completed.
Until next week be In Victory: Magnanimity.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing