The Fat, Drunken, Loutish, Imbecile is forgiven.
Sunday 27th. What can I say, it was a while coming, but as we all knew, well most of us anyway, it was and did.
FIRST FLIGHT was running at Newmarket and his homework up the hill on the gallops had been very good and I was told to get on. Also I wanted to be on FAST TRACK as I thought he was very unlucky not to win last time and the 6/1 on offer looked very inviting. I backed both of these myself and also put them in an ew double, I mirror the bet on my email and send it out to all my ANDY BELL clients.
My father and I arrive at Newmarket, it’s a lovely sunny day and relatively busy. With all my bets complete, I pitch up in the owners and trainers bar, while my father goes to back both my selections.
The first shock of the day and we haven’t even had a race yet, Captain Bailey joins me at my table with a cup of tea. Mick the Fish, who is a Newmarket tipster and Trigger also join me. We have a bottle of wine and the Fish tells me he has had a huge word for Godolphins other runner in our race and has got all his punters and himself on. I do tell him what I’ve heard as I hate people losing, but he sticks to his guns, which is fair enough.
Hitting the hill there is only one winner and thankfully for us it’s FIRST FLIGHT and while the Fishes selection has veered Cambridge wards, we win easily. Fantastic start and we could have much more to come.
FAST TRACK hits the front two out and looks the most likely winner, his stride is shortening and as they flash over the line, I am gutted as I think we have been done and our wretched luck continues, as I sit down thinking if only, No 13 FAST TRACK is called the winner, I jump up and shout as if a wasp has just stung me on the arse and do a Clive Briton winning jig. My head is in a spin with loads of thoughts and figures, I can’t quite believe what an amazing day all my clients and myself have just had, my Fathers rushes in clutching his winning tickets, like a kiddie with a ice cream and joins our joyous table.
Both these tips were also in my last weeks Saturday column, so I hope many of the 35,000 BETFAN readers have also had it right off.
Personally I have had a cracking day and I am sure both Tom and Keith my bettors have also.
The long and short is that everyone of my clients have won well over 100 times their personal stakes, the column readers have had two great winners and I can now eat and drink well for the rest of the year.
I think this quote below is brilliant and was posted Saturday evening, by one of my clients Ben Benji, after he had made a few scathing remarks and attacks on me, after, what, can I say, not our best two weeks and then just after our super Saturday 100ish point win.
Mr Andy Bell: An apology.
“Over the last few days I may have created the impression that Andy Bell is a fat, drunken, loutish imbecile who should have been kicked out of Betfan Towers before the weekend`s racing began.
It has now come to my attention that he is in fact a racing wizard capable of emptying the Greedy 1`s satchels single-handedly.
I would like to apologise therefore to Mr Bell for any distress my earlier comments may have caused him and send the following message:
Go get `em Bellie Boy, you little Suffolkshire Star!”
Before I realised this was a rehash of what the Daily Mirror had said to Gazza prior and after his wonder goal against Scotland in the Euro’s, I did think that’s a harsh to Bellie Boy, but very true, although I did think the fat bit was a bit debatable. Lol.
Sunday morning and boy did we enjoy the spoils of our victory over the Greedy 1s last night.
We hit the Newmarket town with a vengeance last night, starting at the White Lion at the top of the hill. After a relatively quiet few pints,we head down the hill into the town, The Yard is quiet and no Bin Suroor boys to beat at pool so we move to The Wagon. It’s buzzing as we have a couple of ex jockeys dancing on the tables and doing hand stands. The last port of call is The Kings for a night cap with the ever present Captain Bailey.
We are again where we rightly belong at the top of the BETFAN tree with over 100 points profit and well clear of the fixer, without the fifteen seconds, it’s frightening to think what a huge, huge profit we could of been sitting on.
It’s a real shame that the thirty odd people that left my service, didn’t have a little more patience and confidence in me, I genuinely mean that, because I get a huge buzz out of knowing you’re all winners and winning, making all the family and people around you happy and hated by the Greedy 1s.
I can’t quite see how I can top yesterday’s result, but life and work must continue. On today’s email is RIVER SPIRIT, who at 6/1 looks a fantastic ew bet and although to the eye LAW KEEPER looks short enough at 13/8, I put him out as a win bet as I have him tissued up as an odds on shot and also not forgetting the now more famous and great value ew double bet.
I am not keen on our normal Sunday jolly jaunt, so I instead chill and watch the cricket and wait for the Grand Prix.
River Spirit runs a game race, without never really looking like winning and makes us a small profit by finishing second.LAW KEEPER could of been called the winner two out and bolts in at even money, once again making our price look good. RIVER SPIRIT shows us a small profit, as does our ew double and LAW KEEPER gives us a good winning day for not much outlay.
Monday 28th. Another nice winning day yesterday, what fickle things us gamblers are, when I looked this morning, I thought, oh a poultry 11 points profit made, which seems insignificant after our Super Saturdays whopping profit , but hey, in the last two weeks on some days an 11 point profit would of been like a ray of light from heaven.
As you know I’m not the greatest fan of the aw, but when I get a nod as strong as I have today on ELEGANT OTHELLO in the 4-45, it would be foolish to ignore it. I back the George Baker ridden filly at 7-4 and email my clients suggesting likewise. The unbeaten Roger Charlton, SLEEP WALK is fancied to follow up at Windsor tonight and I also back and email him out as a strong win bet.
I can see the Grumbling Don is doing a bit of travelling this week, I hope he has given his car a good service, washed the sea salt of his World War Two bins and given that dodgy looking Mac a dry clean.
When George Baker rounds the Lingfield bend there is only one winner and he cruises to victory, landing us a great bet and ensuring a profit for the third day running.
Windsor are obviously trying to attract some more Greedy 1s to stand at the track as they have somehow managed to over water, rain softened ground and the going is soft, absolutely crazy and obviously Mr Charlton is one of the misled trainers, who sent his horses to race on good racing ground and he pulls all of his three runners out, which includes our second bet SLEEP WALK.
Never mind a good winning day making another 15 points profit.
Tuesday 29th. It’s incredible isn’t it how quickly the tide can turn, last two weeks have been a nightmare, with all the hard luck stories and the 15 seconds and now, which seems just at a click of the fingers, we bang in another very easy winner yesterday and are merrily sailing along in the No 1 position as if nothing had ever happened, very bizarre and mind blowing this game.
Glorious Goodwood starts today, I can remember when I couldn’t wait to get there for what was the four day meet, this happened for eight years and now I have gone completely the other way, I have no wish to stay down there, yes the racing is superb and so is the setting, but the hotels are now a total rip off, the nightlight is absolutely zero and this is not forgetting having to battle round the M25 twice, not for me anymore, I am of the opinion that the the £2000 in X’s it used to cost, can now be a nice free bet or two.
On that note, I am going to enjoy a day at the seaside, while Great Yarmouth is still open.
AJMAN BRIDGE runs in the first at Goodwood and if he reproduces his good second last time he will go very close at 10/1 ew. We slip across to Beverley for our next bet and take the 9/4 on RAINFORD GLORY. Most peoples banker of the day is TOORMORE and I have to agree with them and advise backing him at 11/10.
Now if your an avid reader of my column, I told you all I was waiting for a greyhound to run, I was told at Doncaster by the stunningly looking trainer this would win and tonight’s the night, in the 9-19 at Hove EXOCET runs from trap 6 and she told me that it WILL win, so at the end of todays email I have a big 8pt win and take the 2/1 with William Hill.
Great Yarmouth’s cheaper side is packed with picnic table, chairs and holiday makers, which is really nice to see and even nicer as all the powers to be are either at Goodwood or Sandown it’s lovely and quiet in the owners and trainers bar, where I settle, with a glass of the white vino, lovely, to watch Goodwood and Beverley.
I really think at the furlong post our day has got off to the perfect start as our 10/1 shot AJMAN BRIDGE moves up cosily, but as it often happens the Johnson horse finds just a little extra and does us into second, Grrrr second again.
RAINFORD GLORY is smashed up in the betting to odds on, although he trades at 1/10 in running he never quite gets there and is beaten a neck and a neck. When TOORMORE also gets beaten by a neck, I am a little uneasy that my whole day depends on a dog tonight at Hove.
Yarmouth has its normal ups and downs, Michael Foulger wins with WHAT A PARTY on his fathers memorial day, Captain Bailey bolts up with GO FAR, I did wonder why the owner Richard was there, I should have asked, but it’s not always PC is it? and the so called group horse of Chris Walls gets turned over a 1/2, all in a normal days racing at Yarmouth really.
I thought the TV horse racing pundits were clueless sometimes, but these Greyhound boys are bang up there with them, get our very own GMT back on there, at least he tipped one out of ten, they are telling us Trap 6 has never won, EXOCET is to old, trap 1 will lead all the way etc, etc, I am already resigned to a thumping loss. What happens EXOCET comes out like a missile and is never headed or in a moments danger, Oi Oi a dog has made our night, that doesn’t happen much nowadays shhhhhh heheheheh.
Now that’s fate, I am sure if Miss Greyhound was twenty stone and four feet tall, her entourage wouldn’t of included a few of us and we would of all missed out on a winner.
That’s now a brilliant four winning days on the trot.
Wednesday 30th. It’s only 9am and already I have four very strong pieces of information, so I envisage today’s going to be a busy one.
My email out is full up with various bets today and as I’ve also said in it, put the loo roll in the fridge as the old aris could be getting hot while todays proceedings unwind.
HIGHLAND REEL is a cracking 2yo and I am told it’s a guineas contender for next year so at 6/5 we back this. PALLISTER is 12/1 in the same race and we back him ew.
BLUEGRASS BLUES of Friti Hayes seems to bigger price at 12/1 and the 5yo novice from the powerful Paul Nichols stable, CAID DU BERLAIS has been sent to the Galway festival is also trading at 12/1, finally and my biggest bet and also biggest advised bet is WHOS THE CHICK at Sandown tonight, who is trading at 10/3.
Now you understand the toilet roll bit with 25 points laid out.
I remember this very morning five years ago Nevison and myself were staying in the Goodwood Park Hotel and as we left our room we saw a huddle in the corner asleep, on closer inspection it was our very good buddy Graham. He is the one that lead me astray whilst in Chester pretending he didn’t know we were going into a strip club. During breakfast we found out that he had decided to come down after he left his pub and was hoping to crash in one of our rooms, but unfortunately we had been out on it and he could not wake either of us up. With Graham in Goodwood it is and was a receipt for disaster, as his favourite saying was, after ten pints, right it’s time to kick on now and he could.
PALLAISTER leads the charge only to make way for our very impressive winner HIGHLAND REEL who bolts in and gets some silly quotes for next years guineas from the Greedy 1s, a great start to our scary day.
Wow how good was KINGMAN, an incredible turn of foot and I am now in the John Gosden camp believing he could of won the July Cup.
CAID DU BERLAIS fails to stay, as Steve told me. BLUEGRASS BLUES is hampered a furlong out and is given an easy afterwards, we are now losing on the day with just WHOS THE CHICK to run tonight.
Osin Murphy, the best jockey in the race, carries my biggest bet of the day and all my clients as well. He takes the lead early and rides a super race to win very nicely and in doing so nets us a really nice profit on the day and secures our fifth winning day on the trot.
Thursday 31st. The horses have to take a backseat this morning as first and foremost is visiting one of my very best mates, unfortunately the gods are not looking down on him favourable health wise. Stu and I go back to school days and then the natural progression was to drinking partners. With women and stuff we went our own ways for many years, but never lost touch. We hooked up again a few years ago and ran a very successful tipping business together, Stu and his family running the office, while I was out at the races. Looking back now, I can see that Stu was not firing on all cylinders, even at this time and after many great winning days and months, with over fifty very willing odds2 punters and even more red wine, we had a very successful and happy time working together, but alas with Stu’s pending hospital appointments, we once again went our own ways.
It’s so sad and heart breaking to see him ill again, as he had made fantastic progress and was nearly back to his old self. At least he hasn’t lost his sense of humour, as he was telling me about when his pacemaker keeps stopping, it’s shocked back into life by a 850 volts charge, like a dumb blonde, I asked him if this hurts, his reply was stick your f*****g fingers in that 250 volt plug socket and times it by three and see for yourself.
We finally part company with a peck and a cuddle and it’s back to the horses.
Nothing at Glorious Goodwood today, but two at the equally difficult track Epsom tonight. POTENTATE in the 6-55 at 7/2, is given to me as an extremely strong bet and coupled with NAVE an hour later, I bet both myself and email them out, rather later than ideal as two win singles and an ew double.
How good can IVAWOOD be when he fully grows into his massive frame and after a scintillating win he is now next years Guineas favourite. King Kieren rides a great race on the 8yo CAVALRYMAN and wins by an eased down neck. Remember our 80/1 ew shot at Royal Ascot finishing third, MISUNITED wins the Lilly Langtry stakes with the gutsiest display of the day and is unfortunately retired with tendon trouble after the race.
Even the great Hughsey has my heart fluttering, god knows how Stu is coping, as he is stone last on POTENTATE and hits a high of 50/1 in running, before he conjures a run out of him and pushes him over the line in first place. A great start to our betting day with NAVE to run for a nice ew double. NAVE is our eighteenth and thankfully last second of an incredibly frustrating July. We have still managed a really profitable day and in doing so we have secured our sixth winning day on the trot.
Friday 1st. What an amazing finish to July, after 18 YES 18 seconds and a few hard luck stories, we completely turned things around, which for most of the time was for all intense purposes looked like being a losing month, but by hitting an amazing SIX winnings days on the trot, we have finished, once again well in profit with over an incredible 130 points profit. The only downside was at last knockings we were knocked off our top perch by a new boy, James at Click. We will watch this new service with interest next month to see if we have any competition for our top spot.
Two of my main contacts are very sweet on PETHERS MOON, who is trading at a very fair price of 7/4 and MUTEELA and his price is also 7/4. Personally I have a very good win bets on each and a win double, this is also sent out on my days email. Finally MARKAZ is emailed out as a good ew bet at 9/1.
The LATE BETTING service had a very poor month and I am determined to win it all back and more this month, now is the time to join. Steve is very keen on BONNE FEE, who is ridden by the champ McCoy and is trading at 2/1 and I am told its going to be held up a bit longer today and is fully expected to win. I bite the bullet and advise all the LATE SERVICE clients to have a near maximum bet on it.
Hughsey ensures it’s a proper stamina test and wins very well for us on PETHERS MOON and gets our day off to the perfect start. Oh no a second, MARKAZ runs a great race and can’t quite peg back the winner, making us a small profit at the advised 9/1.
The pressure is firmly on me as BONNE FEE runs for the LATE service and thank god he bolts up and is smashed into odds on, making our 9/4 look a steal.
Although it’s night racing at Newmarket, I have to leave home mid afternoon, as the traffic will be horrendous as Tom Jones is performing after racing and trust me, I will be on my toes before the last race and make sure I am as far away from his dulcet tones and the nicker throwing mob as possible.
All eyes are firmly on the pack as MUTEELA leads into the final furlong, a huge payout for us all if he can hold on, **** **** he doesn’t and is just caught and beaten by a neck. I’m distraught once again we have had two brilliant winners and the cream has been snatched away from us in an agonising fashion with two MORE seconds. We are bang there at the moment, winning every day now for the last seven and once again showing a nice profit today.
Saturday 2nd. Let’s see if we can make it EIGHT winning days on the trot today and Oh boy have we got some help as I’ve been told we have a real Biggy at Donny today, a group horse in a handicap, if you’re a member we will have a jolly up tonight. I am going up there to watch and have some freshly made folding on it. I am once again catching the 10-11am train. I find it very bizarre that the clerk of the course decided to water Thursday night with two days of rain forecast, I hope it wasn’t an ” olive branch” to the Greedy 1s.
Surely I can’t live up to last week fantastic tipping feat, but once again I will try.
Today’s free bet runs in the 2-55 Newmarket, ENLACE who is fully expected to win today on her way to the CHEVELEY PARK stakes.
Well that’s another month satisfactorily completed and any of you £20 merchants have made a cool £2600 tax free and goodness knows what you braver ones have made, but whatever it is Oi Oi, just think of Bellie Boy when you spend, spend, spend.
NEVER LET THE REGRETS IN LIFE BE THE CHANCES YOU NEVER TOOK.
Never, never, never lose faith and if you do don’t tell.
Be good and don’t get caught.
Back next Saturday.