“Just one ran a little better”
Monday 19th. Young Adam Nichol was out ridden by the master McCoy yesterday although he did hit as low as 1.4 on betfair in running on BURNS NIGHT, but I was quite happy with the information as they were defiantly going for a touch, very well punted from 4/1 into 5/2, but hey McCoy hands out riding lessons every day of the week, so no shame there young Adam. Although on the downside it was another 2nd for us but as I said a bet to nothing at 4s ew, so no harm done, a level Sunday. 3 selections today 2 shorties and a real nice price ex pointer over the sticks. We start with the very well fancied Dr Newland charge ORTHODOX of which I am confident of a good run because we get cracking information from this very astute gambling yard. I put this up early as I knew this was going to be well punted and I thought it was very important we all got the 6/4. It did run a good race, and was very well backed into odds on 4/6, and “just one ran a little better” Mmmmmm. No worries I think because we have a 9/1 shot that I am told will not be out of the 3 and is a fantastic bet ew, SHES A CRACKER and 1 tonight PORT ALFRED. Jumping the last SHES A CRACKER takes it up, we have a 9-1 winner oh oh (we have got 9-1 and she is backed into 7-2), but she is beaten a nose on the line, we win a cup of tea for the ew, “just one ran a little better.” PORT ALFRED is jumped out by Hughsy and always going very well at at very well backed 7/4 into 4/6 and is beaten, yes 2nd by the outsider of the field, “Just one ran a little better.”
After yesterdays and today’s results, we gamblers are very superstitious creatures and I am going to keep my head and coolly going to name this weeks diary “Just one ran a little better,” because IT STOPS NOW and anyway it beats all the high blood pressure, cursing and f*****g swearing.
Tuesday 20th. After this bout of 2nd ittis we have to laugh in the face of adversity or it would send us round the twist or a quick drive to beachy head. I am very annoyed, but hey, if we were getting beat out of sight we really would have a form reading or information problem, that’s why I can take it with a pinch of salt and a very wry smile, because it WILL NOT continue.
My great friend Ian (who could write what he knows about racing on the back of a stamp), but loves the lifestyle, picks me up at 12 to leave for York (winner, winner, winner, fun, fun, fun) to fill our pockets with bookies money and then spend it while looking at them across the bar in the Living room, not forgetting to smile sweetly at them. (that’s Bellie boys master plan anyway). Well at least today’s bet wasn’t 2nd. We arrive at the flat about 5ish throw our stuff in, as I am gagging to get out as I love York and the Ebor meeting. But want a quiet 1, as I said, as its a long week. We pitch up at the Living room and Who behold I meet the great GAMBLING DON, bit of a square and I think an anorak, obviously very dedicated to BETFAN and his clients and a nice enough bloke, Mmmmm I wonder what he’s really like when I fill him full of the old jungle juice?? That’s when we can really read the form on him. Even money he leaves about 9-30ish. We have sensible heads on and decide to eat early at the Waterfront (no point in even thinking of a foc steak for the mention) as Richard “the owner” tells anybody who arrives after 8-30pm to go forth and multiply and is as tight as a camels arse in a sand storm, but has really good looking waitresses, as my pal Nevo (Dave Nevison) knows to his detriment we are quietly sitting eating our fantastic “rare” steaks, oh yes if you don’t eat them rare he also refuses to cook them for you and ask you to leave (his way or the highway), when 2 rather quiet meek Irish fellows wander in at about 9pm, we all cringe as we know there’s a shout coming from the back room, it duly arrives with red wine fuelled venom, BUT with a very quiet Northern Irish retort, sorry sir “but we have paid for a room and are staying here” heheheh. A rather meeker Richard ushers them in but still has Gaul to refuse to cook for them. One of a kind our Richard. Oh by the way in his infinitive wisdom he has decided to rename his restaurant “the lazy cow” but that’s another story completely, for another day. 3 bottles of wine later and YES the DON is still in the building but rather more, Mmmmmm forthcoming??????? rather like Frankie when he was in the house, he starts singing like a canary and now we can really start to draw our own conclusions. We literally drag the DON across the bridge to the Living room (the anorak has gone, I think in the Ouse as we are crossing it). Rather like the anorak the quiet night has gone out of the window as we re-enter the Living Room again, nothing wildly exciting to report but we have only ran the 1st furlong.
Wednesday 21st. The rest of the gang arrives, who I will introduce you all to, Smudger an ex city trader, Robert currency trader and Dave Horn a vicar, so quite a fair spread. First day of the Ebor meeting and it’s lovely and also very important to kick off the 4 days on a high, with this in mind I’m up bright and early to get the form done and make all the relevant calls. I finally settle on 3 bets ABOVE STANDARD ew at 7/1 in the 1st, ALL THE ACES at a huge price of 20/1 ew in the 4-20 and my main and biggest bet at Lingfield in the 4-40 CAPE FACTOR.
We all arrive at the Track with all bets placed we can relax and have a social beer or 2, Walking through the gates we bump into Simon Holden who looks very professional paddock watching in his Boss suit hehehe, a stories coming later (probably looking for any outward protractions, after reading my last weeks diary), We drag him away from his paddock watching, he’s not exactly screaming and shouting as we head for the Guinness bar. ABOVE STANDARD is very well backed into 4/1 fav as a lot of ours tend to be, but can never get to the front and finishes 6th, not the greatest of starts. Bit of a wait now so we get stuck into the Guinness, 5 pints later ALL THE ACES looks fantastic in the paddock and its price is holding firmly at around 20/1. In all honesty he never looked like winning but ran on and got us a place (5/1 winner) so we are now in front for the day with our biggest bet looming at Lingfield. CAPE FACTOR is always handy and the win is never in doubt and he does it cosily at a very nice 7/2. So a massive winning day under our belts. Now Mr Holden’s suit, he has a nice label on the sleeve so we can all see it’s a Boss suit and after 4 bottles of the old pink mixing with the black nectar we all think it’s a good idea, not Simon, that it is removed. We are now hacking at this label with a wine bottle opener until its off (don’t do this at home kiddies) If you ask him he will exaggerate for sure about the size of the hole left in the sleeve.
Now it’s time to ply our trade in town, laden with bookmakers money after MAKING 20ish points PROFIT on the day, this could be messy as we are already 3 parts to the wind. Quick shower and into our boys gear we head for the Living room, Smudgers pet hate, but he does comply as does Ian, Robert, Simon and the mad vicar Dave. The older members of the crew are already moaning about wanting to eat, so we head for an Italian restaurant in town. Apart from my Lobster masquerading as a Cray fish and Ian’s seafood pasta lacking seafood, it’s ok, The vicars nice white shirt looks as if he’s been shot with a scatter gun, but I am sure he will get some divine help later to clean it.
Thursday 22nd. Early to rise after counting yesterdays winnings and not wishing to make yesterdays mistake of not eating early, Ian and I head into town to get some breakfast. We find a nice looking obviously quite new breakfast shop, being the only 1s in there we order before we notice there are no tables. Yea no tables in a breakfast shop, where does 1 eat Ian requests, with a are you stupid expression on his face the chef replies, outside on the pub next doors tables, I notice they are also selling breakfasts, rather bazaar I think. Plastic cups, wooden knifes and forks later we leave and I am thinking what happens when the York whether is not so kind. Even money it’s shut by the May meeting.
I have a huge word for REROUTE who apparently did a sparkling private gallop at home on Saturday, so we took the early 12/1 ew and my nap of the day at a huge 9/4 price THE FUGUE, who in my opinion was only beaten in this race by the rain last year.
I want to back THE FUGUE on course as well, so certainly no alcoholic beverages before the work is done as it’s a definite no, no betting while under the influence. I manage to sneak and beg more 9/4 for my hard earned which I am very happy with. REROUTE is going well on the outside and suddenly falls away leaving me thinking he was on the wrong side of the course, but subsequently I am told that he broke a blood vessel, great shame as we really fancied him. We have a hour until our next race, so a spot of sight seeing is in order, most of the views are stunning, others are different (shall we say) and some are squeezed into outfits that look as if they will explode any moment, but the overall census is, well done Lady’s a stunning show.
The most important Lady (financially anyway) is now parading in the paddock and looks stunning and my 9/4 is rather like Simon Holden’s Boss label, a thing of the past. An Absolutely scintillating display by THE FUGUE as she wins by 4 lengths in a very quick time. As we show our appreciation by clapping and cheering her in, a job well done, another very good WINNING day for us, getting bit of a habit THIS, another 8 points profit.
A quick bottle of bubbles or 2 later and its all over for another day and it most certainly is for the young lady passed out on the grass.
We all pass the queue to get into the Living room (to Smudgers delight) and head for the Slug and Lettuce, with a view to having a Chinese later. As we arrive in town at the Borra Borra bar, I just know my Chinese is now 1.01 a forlorn hope. Robert is drinking as though black Monday or Armageddon is just round the corner, Ian is quietly gulping vats of red wine, Smudger is doing some kind of audition in Simons glasses, as he smiles on, oh and me, I am sitting quietly in the corner talking to the Vicar, that’s my story and I am firmly sticking to it. (another 1.01 shot heheh). 2am the night is rounded off with classy fish and chips covered in mushy peas.
Friday 23rd. I am prepared at 10/1 to take a chance that the drop in trip from 2 miles to 1m 1/2 suits Castilo Del Diablo with Spencer on board, he is hopelessly outpaced and off the bridle early, but does run on strongly but all be it to late, 1m 6f next I think. My best bet at York is the Johnny Murtagh ridden SIMEON who I think is well in after his good run at Ascot, he finishes a very game 2nd (just 1 ran a little better) beaten a head well clear of the rest and finally we pop to Newcastle for the 7-30 where we back GRAN CANARIA QUEEN at 9/4, she duly obliges, with the money down she bolts up at a very well backed 5/4 fav. A nice winner at Newcastle and unlucky at York which results in a very small loss on the day.
Time to kiss York goodbye, (think Simon Holden had a tear in his eye, sadness or happiness I’m not sure but even money the pair) York has been a hoot and a scoot as always, thank you everybody and a couple more that shall remain nameless and we all head our separate ways with very nice PROFITS.
Saturday 24th. It has absolutely poured with rain at York and Newmarket. I am heading to Newmarket today and Gt Yarmouth tomorrow. I am not a fan of the Ebor on a Saturday, but if it works for all the hen parties and stag do’s what do all us race goers and punters know??
My selection is very tentative today, coupled with fact that it’s a Saturday and the vast amounts of over night rain. Now that I have surpassed the 100 points in profit mark since joining BETFAN and had a very good winning York, so far, today’s bets are going to be kept to the bare minimum. I have decided to swerve the big meetings today as I can see some major upsets and I pin my colours to HRH horse in the 1st at Windsor tonight, as in my many calls this morning HRH told me she was going to watch from the RH turret at Windsor castle. 11/2 is a fantastic price ew in the 5-10 for MUSICAL COMEDY, 15 minutes after putting it up its 4/1 so well done all my BETFAN clients smash the greedy bookies. Enduring a horrid day a Newmarket weather wise the 5-10 cant arrive quick enough and WOW, through the gloom and mist MUSICAL COMEDY is the only horse HRM can see as it bolts up by an easy 10 lengths, I am sure I can see the standard waving through an arrow slit. Fantastic winning day to cap off a great week, must be 30ish points in front for it.
No jovialities tonight as got to get home unpack and repack for Gt Yarmouth as booked in the Palm Court hotel tonight on the front.
Sunday 25th. Only a quick meal out last night because we have a busy 2 days ahead today at Yarmouth and a VERY exciting day for ME/US tomorrow as BETFAN has offered me the chance to supply you 15 tips over the 8 bank holiday meetings and they are only charging you a minimal admin sign up fee for it. (all my existing members receive it FOC).
In summary now the dust has settled a very, very satisfactory weeks work and more importantly a very good winning 1, (Good to see Louis Steward, the local lad, ride another 2 winners this week and what a cracker from the front he rode in the Melrose and snatched a place) lets hope the good form continues and especially for my marathon bookie bashing quest tomorrow.
No free tips today as keeping them for all my LOYAL, HARD WORKING, DEDICATED, TRUSTWORTHY, PAYING, enough creeping now and MUCH richer MEMBERS….
Until next Sunday be lucky, safe and don’t get caught…