Couldn’t Tip Rubbish.
Sunday 10th. By rights this should of been an Oi Oi column this morning, with a 10/1 winner yesterday, but true to form, my luck is bang out at the moment and in our ew trixie we didn’t find anything to go with OUR GABRIEL, a fourth DARK EMERALD that looked like winning and SATELLITE who apparently swallowed his tongue, gutted or what??
That just about sums up our awful start to the month, with two shite rides and eight seconds already, the only good thing is it’s better to start off poorly than to finish off poorly, because you still have time to redeem yourself and prove it was only a blip, as we did last month, when we again finish well into profit, as we have for the last three months, May +101 June +300 and July +132, so, although I am concerned about things I am not unduly worried, YET.
Sunday morning and as it was pouring with rain, the English racing cards looked impossible to predict, as there will be a plethora of non runners, I decided the Curragh looked by far the easiest option.
What is that Grumbling Don spouting on about this week in his column, saying I would pull the piss and spoil his meeting with a trainer hehehe as if, the closest he has ever been to a trainer is of the Adidas variety.
Unfortunately the dreaded rain arrived at the Curragh and messed up any chances of us having a winner and yet again we hit another second.
Monday 11th. Not the best of weekends and we even hit a 10/1 winner as well. We now have a couple of very busy weeks ahead of ourselves, with Yarmouth on Tuesday and then three days at Newmarket and Southwell on Sunday. Then it’s all systems go next week as we have one of my favourite meetings of the year, the Ebor at York. I love the meeting and habitually do very well indeed betting wise. I am certainly not using my winner allocation up yet this month, as you all know, so NOW REALLY is the time to sign up with me and we will kick some Greedy 1s butts next week.
ELIZABETH FLYNN has been given to me by some very shrewd connections and he is our first bet of the day.
With today being my only free day of the week, I decide to meet the boys in Weatherspoons. I talk them all into backing ELIZABETH FLYNN, who is cruelly cut up on the corner by the favourite and over 5f there is never a chance of a recovery and we bank another second. Cabbage and Tony have done their cash, so we sloop back over to our beers. Weatherspoons, what ever your personal view of them is, I think have taken our local boozers to another level, with their food and cheaper beers. I think the late and nearly out of date beers stigma has been lost now. I think the story of how Tim Martin started the Weatherspoon string is quite amusing, on his school leaving day his Maths teacher told him he was useless and would never achieve anything in his life, this teacher was named Mr Weatherspoon, so I think it’s a great piss pull naming all his pubs after this rather misguided teacher.
Tuesday 12th. Steve is on the blower early this morning with UNISON, who is trading at a tasty 5/1, Ruth Carr thinks there is another win in ELLAAL and I decide to give our unlucky Newmarket loser, ENLACE, another chance and email out an ew treble.
It’s really nose to the grind stone as we need to find some form, from where I don’t know, but it needs to come, that’s for sure.
I certainly don’t want to be on the Knavesmire for four days in this rotten frame of mind.
UNISON gets our day off to the perfect start and is also a nice 5/1 winner in our ew treble, has the tide turned, I dare to think, has it ever a 5/1 winner and both ENLACE and ELLAAL get beat at short odds.
What more can I say.
Another quiet night in the Bellie household.
Wednesday 13th. Things must move on and I love the limelight, so I have to meet these types of runs head on as well. Our trusty Hughes and Hannon combination comes through as a very strong ew bet for POTENTATE at 5/1, with points, profit and cash falling out of my arse this week, I do just temper my enthusiasm on the points and bet side a tad.
I leave for Great Yarmouth early as I need to get booked in and park, making very sure there are no black cats in the road. I listen to the commentary on the way and get a buzz as Hughsey cruises to the front at the furlong post and goes two clear, only for the commentator to notice one on the far side that is going equally as well, we know the script this month already don’t we, we are beaten into second, again Grrrrrr. The longest last ten miles to Yarmouth that I can remember for a long time.
I am booked in and eventually parked up, thanks to the girls I know well in the Pub On The Prom, I bum a private parking spot in their resident’s car park, yes I know a bit of luck and gosh I’m not complaining.
Yarmouth is defiantly a favourites backers paradise at the moment, but I never have tried to blast my way out of trouble and I am certainly not going to start now. I have one bet, which I think is a steal tonight and should at least get my X’s, its laying Johnny Skull for a place over 1mile 1 and this higher grade company, Jack The Cap does me a even £500 on Betfair. Wonderful I think rounding the top bend, Johnny is two clear, but thankfully fades away into fifth. A monkey back in the bin, which I am very thankful of, but a long way to go.
Yarmouth is deathly quiet, we all try our best to liven it up and fail dismally, its probably me as much as anything to be honest, as I have my mind and thoughts firmly on tomorrows racing at Newmarket.
Thursday 14th. A quick breakfast in La Continental on Regent Street is a habit that shouldn’t be broken and isn’t and I set off for my fathers, as he is driving today, in his brand new flash Merc, the poser.
As we near HQ the weather is horrendous and the rain is sheet like, we sit in the car a full 30 minutes before we even dare getting out. I have already put up three selections today, two over the jumps BANGKOK PETE ew at 7/1, tony McCoy’s mount MR WISEMAN and EVIDENT at Newmarket, who will NOT relish the conditions.
Newmarket is very quiet and the weather hasn’t helped, the first race is won in a ridiculously slow time and this proves the ground is now soft. I am walking from the paddock and spot an old friend in a corporate box, Steve, who used to be my mothers neighbour, he is a big cheese in some sort of pub company and they are having a due, although I think they call him Felix now, as he comes and goes as he pleases like the company cat. I have a few gratis drinks with him as he is introducing me to all his work colleges and very smart totty as Andy Bell the professional gambler, not knowing what rotten form I am in at the moment. Thankfully the next race has John Gosdens short priced favourite LONG CROSS in it and I tell them all this is a good thing. William Buick bolts up and thankfully on these types of dues the price is irrelevant and all they want is a winner. As they stream back into the box Steve and I receive all the plaudits and kisses and for a moment Bellie Boy has flash backs of his last three months achievements and forgets the present. Well that winner has secured me the work in their boxes next year, which is a bonus.
EVIDENT doesn’t go a yard on the ground as I feared and our ew bet is fourth and how often do you see McCoy pull up, well you did today.
Friday 15th. Another shocking day to forget yesterday. I am not going to break the cardinal rule and change anything I have been doing or do, although it seems very tempting at the moment. I know I am running out of time as the month is slipping away, but when things do just change and start going our way, look out everybody that’s against us, i.e Greedy 1s, because it’s going to be ruthless.
WET,WET,WET at Newmarket tonight how apt that is. Once again I am going and if the weather holds, I intend staying for a few songs, although I hate to admit it, they are my era.
I have two strong bets at Newmarket tonight and email out both, SUNSET STAR as a win bet and MINSTREL LAD at 10/1 as a very strong ew bet.
On route I get a call telling me that ORACLE BOY has flourished at home since being gelded six weeks ago and loves the cheekpieces they have tried on him. Although his form shows nothing and there is no mention of the gelding operation anywhere, which is wrong and needs changing, I put him up to the LATE BETTING SERVICE that has been very quiet this month, for obvious reasons, as a strong ew bet and suggest taking the 5/1 on offer.
I’ve got to be on my toes today in order to miss the traffic jams that will occur getting to the course tonight as 22,000 people will be trying to get into one racecourse gateway.
I just make it into the course to watch ORACLE BOY jump out of the stalls and virtually lead all the way, Oi Oi a 5/1 winner, amazing not a second or a fourth, a great start to the day.
SUNSET STAR is beaten by a pensioner, the ten year old REGAL PARADE, I have told myself before, I am not backing Julie Cecils horses and this time i am sticking to it.
As Simon Pearce looms up on MINSTREL LAD and trades at 1/10 in running, I think we have cracked it today, not only does he get beat, he veers across the course and doesn’t even get us a 10/1 place, UNBELIEVEABLE.
No music tonight as I am straight down the path and home and this is after a great 5/1 winning start to the day, I am gutted to say the least.
Saturday 16th. It’s Newmarket today and I am really down in the dumps, after the most awful week, I can thankfully remember for a long time and that is with a 10/1 winner, two 5/1 winners and as you’ve just read a few hard luck stories on the way.
Todays free tip runs at Newbury in the 3-50 No 2 BRETON ROCK at 7/2.
After this week I thought this was very apt.
“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” Winston Churchill
Never, never, never, lose faith or get caught. (don’t risk it this week, 1,000,000/1 with our luck, we would get caught)
Back next Saturday.