Sunday 21st. I wasn’t over impressed with the ride, or rather lack of it, that Jim Crowley gave RAY WARD. These two milers just haven’t got a turn of foot when they are pulled out and need to be given time to build up a head of steam. Ok he did get blocked in at a crucial moment, but still a very unsatisfactory ride, one for the notebook.
Wasn’t Ayr an absolute farce, the so called golden highway, if Simon Holden had a high draw he could of won the gold cup. Normally the clerks water in the monsoon season, I’m amazed he didn’t water the high side in an attempt to level things out a bit.
I think that AIR PILOT will be a big player in the Cambridgeshire if the rain arrives, but I should have one to beat it. Today’s free tip at the bottom.
The LATE calls HEARTBREAK HEROs chance went as soon as the rain arrived, although he did try to lead all the way, but got bogged down in the rain softened ground in the final furlong. SLINGSBY which we did ew at 6/1 at Wolves in the evening, clocked up another second for a small profit.
Sunday Morning and we have a maximum bet on HINTON INDIANIA, I suggest we take the 9/4 as the stable thinks they gave a lot more in hand.
Not much happening in Jafeica House today, apart from eating, drinking and watching the racing, so a normal day at the office really.
At lunchtime I am told that the connections of KIAMA BAY will be backing him today, so I pop him out to the LATE betting service and suggest taking the 11/10 on show.
I am hoping to have a really good tilt at the Cambridgeshire this year as it’s one of my favourite races of the year and certain stables target this race for a certain type of their horses. I have won in this race seven of the last ten years, so that is probably a major “like” factor.
What’s wrong with HINTON INDIANIA as he drifts very alarmingly on betfair out to 8/1 at a stage. As he jumps the first he shows no enthusiasm and nearly falls at the second, after three fences personally I think he is on the verge of being pulled up two or three times. He never runs any sort of race, although he does finish, all be it well beaten. That certainly isn’t his running and I am in a state of shock, as he was so well fancied and these people seldom make such bad errors of judgement, especially when the monies are down.
Although KIAMA BAY does run a good race he can’t quite win for us and finishes second.
Not my greatest Sunday, after last weeks excursions maybe I should of said my 200 Hail Marys before racing.
Monday 22nd. I open my racing post to see that a row has erupted following yesterday’s racing at Plumpton, a huge wasp nest was found behind the stabling enclosure and had sent some of the horses near it into a frenzy. The Pipe team has lodged an official complaint, I wonder how much our HINTON INDIANIA had been affected, as he was only stabled just down from the area in question, we shall probably never know for sure, but that wasn’t his true running and a bad taste has been left.
MILLYS SECRET looks well in today and at 9/2 she looks an incredible ew bet to nothing, I email her out as a maximum ew bet. After yesterday’s kick in the nuts it would be nice to pop in a winner, as this month we are up and down like a brides nighty, although we are keeping in profit.
Come on MILLY you little beauty, another 9/2 winner bagged and we are warming up nicely for the Cambridgeshire meeting, how exciting is that.
Tuesday 23rd. Bellie Boy wakes up another year older this morning, so let’s see if life really does start now, as it has been rather boring hasn’t it, lol lol.
After opening ALL my presents, which includes an super duper electric toothbrush, at least it’s not a beside glass yet, we can get down to building on yesterdays nice winner.
Sir Mark has hit form and he runs ANJIN at Lingfield and I can’t resist betting and emailing him out as an ew bet at 9/2, also Hughsey rides EMJAYEM at Nottingham and at 5/1 this also looks a cracking ew bet.
I haven’t been told as much, but I suspect we have a motley crew arriving later to assist with my celebrations and inevitable hangover.
The George Baker ridden JOHNNY SPLASH comes through just in time for me to put him up as a LATE bet and advise I advise taking the 9/4, as I am told this is going to be smashed up in the betting today.
Early afternoon and the house is starting to fill up nicely, my daughter, Lauren, Oliver and naughty little Layla and on arrival presents me with lovely pictures of the now deceased ACTING LADY, who I used to part own with my very good friend Steve Russell, I often wonder what and where we would be now if we had taken the Three Chimneys offer of 500,000 dollars for her, but we wanted her to run in the American Oaks in our colours and she did and finished fifth and no money can ever take away the memories and fun we had whilst we were out in the USA.
I convince Oliver to put his £20 on JOHNNY SPLASH just before Georgie boy jumps him out of the gates and never sees another horse and wins by about eight very easy lengths. Great start to the birthday boys day. It soon goes down hill as ANJIN can’t get a run and finishes a horrid fourth at a very well backed 5/2 and very unlike Hughsey he doesn’t ever get EMJAYEM into the race, also at a very well backed 9/4.
With all the racing complete, a very nice winning day for my LATE SERVICE clients and the nighty is down again for ANDY BELLs.
We start drinking and I can see where this is going as we start on my home made cider and Oliver is a lightweight at the best of times. My father is quietly but surely knocking hell out of his Whiskey bottle and all the girlies are congregated in the kitchen and by the sound of things the wine is taking a right hammering.
I’m not sure of the time now, but it’s dark and Layla, who’s just over two years old, starts her rendition of “Glory, Glory Man united, which I must say is very impressive, thanks to her freakish father Oliver. As the mobiles are all trained on her, videoing, she thrives in the attention and after the twentieth ish chorus and all the facebook bound videos on the mobiles are full up we do get a break.
Steph my middle daughter thinks it’s a good idea to start on the shots, these young ones today are dangerous little sods, when it comes to drinking and I have learned to my peril, never to under estimate them. Oliver takes the brunt of her challenge and after a few, yes you’ve guessed, both his hands are firmly clamped over his mouth and a home run is taken towards the Thomas (crapper). Now it really is time for some childish antics, as I get the Dodgy Russian Vodka bottle and five shot glasses, one for me, Oliver, Lauren, Steph and my youngest daughter Georgia, I know I have pink sperm. A drinking competition between Oliver and the Girls.
With me as the waiter the girls are all getting water and me and our little hero “Oliver” are on the real stuff, I must say I am proud of the yuks and the faces being pulled by those mean girls as they down their “water” egging him on all the more, hehehe by the time of his second home run, we have done enough of it and he is left a smiling mess in my chair. Bet our ears burn when he reads this Saturday, well done Oliver you lightweight, we all love you really, you dope x.
Wednesday 24th. What a mess, racing post or cleaning with three girls upstairs, the racing post is by far the favourite and a very slow journey there and back. When I arrive home the back has been broken and there is light at the end of the cleaning tunnel. Lauren, Georgia and Gitty have all left for work, Steph who leaves for Africa later today, to fulfil her dream of helping the Cancer for Daisy suffers charity and Oliver is still unconscious upstairs with little Layla.
Goodwood looks very difficult today so I am pleased when I am told DREAMS OF GLORY is expected to go very close, 3/1 and 7/2 in a place are available, so I email him out as a bet.
I think DREAMS OF GLORY was the uninvited guest last night as he performed no better than Oliver, sorry Guys.
Thursday 25th. First day of one of my favourite meetings of the year The Cambridgeshire. In the Cambridgeshire itself on Saturday, I have been lucky or skillful enough to hit seven out of the last ten winners and this year I am all over the John Gosden trained CORNROW. 9-30am I put out CORNROW to all my ANDY BELL clients as a maximum bet and advise taking the 8/1 on offer, by 10am AIR PILOT has missed the cut and we have a super each way bet on Saturday.
Barry Hills has really come out of retirement firing and seems to be finding loads of improvement with the horses he has now inherited.
MOHATEM fits the bill perfectly today and I think 13/8 is a good price for what looks another improver, I bet this myself and suggest all my ANDY BELL clients do likewise. Steve has a view in the last at Perth regarding PADDYS YARN and to be honest after watching the replay of the race I agree. At 5/2 I put him up as my final bet of the day and a small win double.
My father has copped the driving duties today, so unless anything comes through strong enough to warrant a bet on the LATE SERVICE I can relax and enjoy the days racing.
One of my trusted ANDY BELLs clients has inboxed me saying they are among one of the coach loads there today and would like a beer and a meet up.
As I arrive I pop into the pre-parade ring to see if anything is buzzing, as I want to kick the LATE service on again and regain our No 1 spot from SUPER NAPS DAILY, whoever they may be, but well-done whoever you are and hope you don’t mind finishing second.
Unfortunately I cant rustle anything up for the LATE CALLERS so the SUPER lot can have another day in the sun at the top.
Mr Hills has got MOHATEM spot on today and the flashy colt battles all the way up the hill and give us a really good start to the day.
The brides nighty is up and over her shoulders as we go into the last at Perth, unfortunately when PADDYS YARN runs around the course and never finds as we expected it’s now firmly around her ankles as if we have been married all our lives.
Friday 26th. A very small winning day for us yesterday but don’t fret as I have great faith in my self and this meeting, for the life of me I don’t know why BETFAN towers didn’t give me this home town special, maybe my BETFAN Doncaster win has gone under the radar.
Busy, busy today and I hope that you two BETFAN boys I’m meeting today, you know who you are, have a great one, whatever happens we will have a jolly.
Time Bellie boy kicked on, I hope all this crap don’t backfire on me. JORDANS PRINCESS is very well thought of in the Cumani camp and the way she won last time after loads of trouble, she must be a bet today. 13/2 with Boyles is a steal ew so she is our first bet today. John Gosden has narrowed down CRITERIAS entries down this race as well and he is a man to be feared at this meeting so I’m going to pop her in my ew trixie. From what I have just been told LUCIDA will win today and be prominent in next years 2000g and the Oaks, remember you heard it here first, so I have as much as Tom and Keith can get on for me and put her as my second bet of the day. CAPTAIN CAT is now trading at 7/2 and I think he will win if he can show the same burst of speed as last time, but I do temper my enthusiasm a shade as this is a very tricky race so I back and advise an ew bet.
The BETFAN boys are in the top bar as arranged on Facebook and great guys, the first Guinness is on the bar, when I get a “Charlie call” not drugs all you cynics out there, Longsden, I am told that ORBYS MAN is the preverbal good thing, so I put him out as a maximum bet on the LATE BETTING service.
My hero Mr Haggis mugs us in with QUEEN OF ICE, why is she always the seconds colours of Cheveley park, as JORDANS PRINCESS is a fast finishing second. The Irish boys don’t let me down as LUCIDIA wins as they expected and although I haven’t yet checked she must be bang up there in the Guineas and the Oaks betting. The Guinness is slipping down far to easy as CAPTAIN CAT looms up and for all intense purposes looks the most likely winner only to be done by David O’Meara’s five timer Custom Cut and finishes second. A winner and two seconds for day two and a profit which is the main thing for my clients in the bar and ANDY BELL.
As we expected Charlie’s ORBYS MAN bolts up and the LATE BETTING boys and girls can also come to the party.
The Horseshoes, just off the Clocktower is the first port of call, which is now the “in” place in town. Manchester Pete is, as always hungry, but I try and hold him as long as I can, because as soon as food passes my lips, thats good night nurse, drinks wise. I do manage to squeeze four or five in before he is on the verge of fainting and I have to consent. Tony Elves, ex racing post is in tow and we rock up at the Tai restaurant on the high street, which is very good and I can recommend, don’t know the name. We have to go and visit Mr Bailey in the Kings, as it won’t feel as though we have been to Newmarket if we don’t, but as soon as we arrive his chauffeur arrives, yes chauffeur and takes him home. Just a swift bottle of vino as Pete is doing his noddy impression at the table and back to the Heathcourt hotel for night nights.
Saturday 27th. Bright as a daisy this morning and rearing to go. Although I have been banging on about CORNROW all week and have certainly put my money where my mouth is, I am just a shade concerned about the high draw, as to the eye yesterday, the ground wasn’t kicking up so much in the middle, but hey that’s probably just the night or morning before nerves.
Good, no great winning says for both my services yesterday, Lord Howie pick the bones out of that, as any winning day is not good it’s great, sorry we should be nice to pensioners lol lol.
Oh and PC Dear who wrote your column yesterday your wife or Angus the dog as they must keep going through hell talking to Inspector Blaketon everyday. lol lol.
Today’s free tip: 3:50 Newmarket CORNROW ew very predicable I know in the Cambridgeshire 7/1 in places.
Sorry there wasn’t enough of us to join hands this morning and the great Winston wouldn’t join us so you will have to put up with a Bellie boy quote.
“NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, never give up” ok I nicked it off him, but hey!!!!
Keep smiling all you dark haired beauties out there!
Back next Saturday.