Andy Bell’s Racing Diary…
Monday 12th. I was gutted yesterday as I put up a 28/1 ew BRECCBENNACH to the whole BETFAN reader base as a FOC tip and like all good ew bets it came 4th, but as I said yesterday there is a race in him.
We pinned our colours to the Ben De Haan trained GENERLIZE at a stand out price of 9/1 with Stan James, after receiving very positive reports of its homework. Still smarting over just missing a place yesterday with our 28/1 shot, today I was just a tad concerned at putting a horse up with no known form but was convinced by my contact the blinkers had transformed this at home and we had to go with it. When Adam Kirby went 2 lengths clear at the furlong post all was rosey until Liam Keniry mugged us in the last stride by a head, another very well backed (6/1) second. Small winning day.
Tuesday 13th. I just cant bring myself to write today as swear words often offend. 2 bets 2 seconds…. Sorry.
Wednesday 14th. No night out in Yarmouth planned as a very busy 3 days at Newmarket to follow, also a very “special Max” bet lined up for Thursday. The Yarmouth card didn’t look over inspiring, but we had a very nice bet at Beverley and also the form backed up the information I had received for PIVOTMAN and 9/4 I thought was very generous for this last time out winner, when we took it up 2f out and went 2 clear coming into the final furlong I looked at betfair and it was trading at 1-01 I walked from the screen to the bar smiling and thinking oh oh that f*****g monkey is finally off my back, Gasps, moans , groans I spin round to see Ken drop to his knees and unbelievably we get done on the line. I am walking round the Yarmouth track in shock thinking what do I need to do, I have a Maximum bet tomorrow and “Molly the Monkey” is still firmly attached to my back. I am in no mood for joviality’s and rustle up the troops and head home to reflect.
Thursday 15th. After a sleepless night I know today is a make or break, not literally but that is certainly how it feels. The horse we are “maxing” is 3/1 early doors, I have seen this horse work since disappointing at Goodwood and it has been flying. Ryan Moore is jocked up and we don’t have long to wait as REMEMBER runs in the 1st at Newmarket. I have only put up 1 previous maximum bet since my start with BETFAN and that bolted up by 6 lengths, so as I am putting this up the pressure is certainly on, I know I have not had a losing month this year and although I have a bout of 2nd ittis I am sure this IS going to happen for us. As REMEMBER hits the hill on the July course I am not even watching him and Ryan I am looking to see what is emerging from the pack and it’s only when nothing does I can relax and watch Ryan push out REMEMBER for an easy win at a very well backed 6/4. I am delighted that I kept faith and can relax for the rest of the Newmarket card and see what I can learn from the owners and trainers bar. I am now looking forward to a bit of meatloaf at Newmarket Friday evening after racing.
Sorry its not been a great week on the story front (YET!!!!!!!) but I have been under a “cloud” shall we say and I probably wouldn’t of been the best of company anyway. With possibly a Cumani & Gosden horse and a short priced 1 at Newcastle tomorrow I have a slight “very” slight spring in my step as I leave Newmarket not smiling but a much much happier bunny. Great winning day.
Friday 16th. After a fantastic winning day yesterday, I feel like a great weight (Molly the Monkey) has been lifted from my shoulders and can march onwards and upwards now. I decide to put up 3 horses today, the Luca Cumani trained BONANZA CREEK who has been flying at home and with Stan James offering 4/1 this is an amazing bet ew, ARTFULL PRINCE at Nottingham and NAUTILIUS who has been catching the proverbial Pigeons on the gallops.
We all leave for Newmarket nice and early as the traffic is going to be horrendous as Meatloaf are in concert after racing finishes. I am told ARTFULL PRINCE wins as I arrive at the course, great start 5 points up already. The picnics are in full swing with the sound of laughter and champagne corks popping until all of a sudden its drowned out by the most tremendous clap of thunder and the heavens open, the more poshy ones huddle under their gazebos, but its the others I feel sorry for not knowing whether to keep their prawn sandwiches or their barnets dry, the stiff upper lip, old chap we’re English type brave it out under their brollys until even the most hardcore have to bolt for the safety of the cars and leave the prawns to swim off, 15 minutes of torrential rain and cowering in our vehicles its bright sunshine and the only memories are flat Barnet’s and soggy sandwiches and wondering if the stick wealding clerk of course dare still tell his “no non runners lie” it’s still good to firm.
My only thoughts are firmly with BONANZA CREEK in the 5-00 at Newbury now, so we plant our selves in the owners and trainers bar to watch, just as the clerk of the course gives the going as (you got it) “Good to Firm” with Ryan Moore swinging off the bridle 2 out and never a moments doubt after we win again, backed from 4/1 into 6/4 (hope it’s you boys and girls as well) and we are flying, another 15 points. Now the pressure is all on waiting until 7- 30 here at Newmarket for NAUTILIUS at 9/4 for an absolutely fantastic day. 2 hours to kill so I walk to the paddock to have a glance at these mostly unraced 2y olds only to be greated by the the No1 horse trained by James Fanshawe (Hors De Combat) screaming and shouting its head off and more so Grandmothers and children’s heads and eyes being rapidly covered, what’s happening?? somebody been injured?? Well they certainly would be injured if that hit them full in the face, Hors De Combat has no modesty and no thoughts for us “normal blokes” with his thoughts FIRMLY on the filly in front, racing is the furthest thing from his mind, me and everybody that knows about paddock watching quickly put a line through this sweaty, still very proud playboy and concentrate on the rest. 10 minutes later and 2 lengths to the good (no pun meant) Hors De Combat bolts in, hehehe all the clever paddock watchers have done their money in cold blood and every Granny and sneaky peaking kiddie are drawing their winnings on this impressive “looking” winner.
Yes you got it right the clerk of the course now has all his GGs safely locked away in their stables changes the going to “good” if only that was even money.
NAUTILIUS is smashed up in the betting 9-4 into 11/8, hope it’s all us again and from my Meatloaf ringside seat he absolutely bolts up by 15 lengths, I cheer and jump and all the obviously avid race goers are thinking and looking for Meatloaf on the stage and not a care about poor old NAUTILUS who has just ran a mile and a quarter in just over 2 minutes. The most amazing WINNING day is now complete for my BETFAN clients and I now settle down to Meatloaf.
What fickle “b*****ds” us gamblers are the difference between Tuesdays column and today’s…
Saturday 17th. Meatloaf’s performance was brilliant last night, but I’m not sure Marvin Lee Aday (Meatloaf) would pass the vet as to my eye he looks a tad lame, although he misses a few notes nowadays this 65 year olds presence on stage is amazing and the whole groups performance fantastic, what a voice the blondie girls got, but sadly Meatloaf your performance was over shadowed by Bellie boys 3 timer heheh, if only…
Today my pal Michael Foulger who is a major share holder in NORWICH CITY football club has invited me to the match against Everton,(maybe it’s for all my good placement of his horses) so no joviality’s or stories emanating from Newmarket today, but I am sure I can get up to some mischief or be privy to something for your eyes only. (hope there’s a TV in the box with the racing channel on)??
Before I catch the old rattler to Norwich I settle on 3 selections 2 ew and 1 win. I reluctantly put up BE READY at 2-1 an unraced 2yo but because I am told this is their best 2yo for 2/3 years which is quite a billing I go with it, the old boy DANCE and DANCE EW AT 6/1 and BABY STRANGE EW at 6/1 in the greys race at Newmarket.
My 2 Maltese pals who are over for the week have experienced Yarmouth and even they probably learned a few new choice words when PIVOTMAN got beat when we were there, Newmarket when we banged in 3 winners and now Norwich City. We get our tickets and settle down to watch Norwich and for me a nice release from Saturday racing. Its a brilliant game and Everton certainly played their part in the 2-2 draw. Time to find out the results, guess what, BE READY made it 12 seconds for the month (if only a bit of luck our way), but showed he has really good ability and will win next time out, maybe a little clearer passage and certainly a bit more rain and we would of had a nice winner courtesy of BABY STRANGE who got us a place 3rd only beaten a head and neck and the old boy DANCE AND DANCE should of been a street fighter because he always finds loads of trouble, but he also got us a place 2nd. Not a bad day very close again, but a very small losing day. (Did you spot young LOUIS STEWARD rode a winner for Boss Michael Bell)
We pitch up with the poshy members in the Gunn club (Brian Gunn not bang bang type) and after quite a few drinks and things not really livening up its time to head home. 1 mile that’s how it felt and 10 minutes to catch the rattler my younger companions race off like 5 furlong sprinters and leave me bringing up there rear, I plod on and with a shout to the furiously waving guard the flag goes down and I am safely aboard. As I sit down ticket paid for hehehe I tell the boys no point getting older if you don’t get wiser, now let me tell you a story young men about all this running and rushing around. Daddy bull and baby bull are on the top of a hill looking at a sexy herd of cows grazing below and baby bull says Daddy lets run fast down the hill and (word change) “DO” a cow, NO son lets walk slowly down the hill and (same word change) “DO” all of them..
Sun 18th. On reflection the results went against us early doors this week with 13 bets which included 7 very frustrating and some very unlucky 2nds and 4 winners, but more importantly a very good WINNING week, with a bit of luck going our way we could of cleaned up this week. I don’t think we have been out of form or the information has been poor its just been one of those weeks we all experience. Although we had a very small losing day yesterday with a 3rd and a 2nd ew with BE READY also 2nd, I am confident that big profits are looming. I already have 3 big bets lined up for the York EBOR meeting next week, which is 1 off my favourite and most profitable meetings of the year. I will be leaving Tuesday afternoon so I am nice and fresh for Wednesdays kick off. I have limited places available and would strongly advise taking them sooner rather then later and be part of a winning week rather then reading about it next Sunday.
Until next Sunday be safe and lucky.