“Did I mention Monday.”
Monday 26th. We always descend on Gt Yarmouth races as a family for the August Sunday bank holiday meeting. The annual pilgrimage consists of fathers, mothers, uncles, aunties and wives and this particular 1 had quite a favourable twist. We always book into the Palm court hotel laden with cases, yes cases, of wine and obscene amounts of nibbles and we pick 1 of the unlucky rooms to consume our booty. Due to my Fathers being the poshest and having a windowed turret we opt for this 1, although he has not got to stagger back from anyone else’s room after consumption has finished, he has the major problem of sneaking all the empties out undetected the next morning, not an easy task may I tell you.
Anyway all evidence safely disposed of, I don’t know how because Father and Pauline rattle past reception like a pair of Spanish castanet players, we leave for the races.
On arrival “the twist” I am met by a frantic Quinlan clan who wants me to represent them and their horse in the 1st, which I think no problem as I often get the “odd hint” from them shall I say. We are in the parade ring pre race and meet Pat (Cosgrave) the jockey, as they are going down we all disperse, 5 minutes later SWEET ACCLAIM is head to head with the Cecil favourite and unbelievably wins cosily by 1/2 a length at 40/1. Not knowing whether to laugh or cry as I have only had a scruffy score ew as you do in these situations, I head back to the ring to meet the jockey, groom etc before the trophy presentations, a screaming commotion at the gate and the wife is in, clutching a tote ticket, which of course Tommo (Derek Thompson) picks up on like a hawk. After pictures with the horse and jockey we are ushered to the winners rostrum to receive “our” trophy, more pictures later, yes you’ve guessed the mike is shoved under Sharon’s nose (I cringe) and with a hohoho from Tommo wanting to know all about this tightly clutched ticket, all is revealed £2 ew 66/1 a cheer and clap from the crowd and the mike is thrust my way asking me questions I have no idea about, luckily when unsaddling I heard them say wow 1st time out and on grass, so with an air of authority I repeat this and then I am asked about the fav of Cecil’s etc etc and all of a sudden I am in my comfort zone again and chatter away as if I’m Tommo himself, frightened I am stealing the show I am talking to fresh air and Tommo is hohoho ing again. As we are heading to the “owners” champagne after race reception I am accosted by uncle Paul and Father who are glowing and holding the proceeds of their jolly jaunt to the bookies, which I knew nothing about I hassen to add, both had a jacks ew (jacks alive 5) at 50s. Drinking the champers watching the video of “our” horse win I feel like Billy big b******s, but am quietly wishing this all came to light early doors so that all MY CLIENTS & BETFAN could of all benefitted.
Enough about Sunday, today is a huge day not only for me but all my potential and existing BETFAN clients as I have agreed to give 15 selections. 5am we leave Gt Yarmouth and by 6am I am already home trawling the racing post and thinking I must be barking mad. 8am passes so does 9am and we only have 3 selections, I have pre warned all my connections that today is a big day for us all, but all is quiet, 9-30am (3rd lot of gallops just finished) then all of a sudden the phones are lit up by my contacts, oh by the way Paul Scotney (head of security) it’s Auntie Hilda, Uncle Frank, Johns brothers friends milkman, HRH, The Gambling Don (get him out of the way Mr Scotney, cause he’s good) and also I managed to find Prince Honalulu still plying his trade. We soon hit the 10 mark and I still have my good reliable jumps man Steve to come, even with a broken wrist and heart he is there when I need him and 11am the “jobs a goodun boy” and all is complete.
My 1st off is a 5/4 shot from Donald McCains stable (leading going easy, I’m thinking Mmmm just slowly, slowly Bellie Boy nice start), tailed off last OMG, not my day, what if all 15 lose I’m thinking, what a prize prat on such a big BETFAN day. Anyway it’s all history now and I am not going to gloat as it often makes 1 sick, ok just a little, 6 winners, 3 seconds and 3 thirds later and 15 points to the good and BETFAN has a new blue eyed boy (anyone told them) and as Andy Warhol said “everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.”
Tuesday 27th. After yesterdays marathon, oh did I mention it, I had 6 winners, 3 seconds, 3 thirds and made 15 points heheh, I have no plans to go racing this week, so unless overnight my kitten turns into a man eating monster or the cockerel a mass rapist we may just have to settle for racing alone, without straying from the truth at all, I will try and spice it up a tad not wishing you or this blog to enter the realm’s of boredom.
After Mondays rather successful excursions (if you are not aware E-Mail BetFan, end of, don’t worry I’ve now flogged that to death) Zzzzzzzzzz, today seems rather more laid back and I am concentrating on Epsom, not my favourite betting track but the racing from there looks the better option. 2 losers later and Monday seems a distance memory, DID I MENTION MONDAY, Perfick, (Par Larkin) this weeks Diary title.
Wednesday 28th. Did I mention Mondays 15 point profit Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I have been to Newmarket this morning to watch 2 lots 1 of which I am very interested in for our future punts, I am fortunate enough to be with a trainer and he is telling me the horses names, riders etc etc, without that what a pointless exercise, 100s of horses running past, a fantastic spectacle on a lovely morning, but how do all these professional work watchers really know, the short answer is they DON’T, for the main reason they don’t know how much weight is in the saddle and without that knowledge they may as well be still be laying beside, well whatever they lay beside. The work is done Phewwww, time for breakfast, There is always a scrum of work watchers at the breakfast van and it’s not a ball that emerges, but smiling work riders with breakfasts paid for, they have more idea how many calories they have consumed courtesy of the wanna knows then the weight they have been carrying in this mornings gallops and anyway most them are still betting in Rupees. We bypass the scrum and head for breakfast in town as that is where the proper news is banded around and I am given a “proper bet” for Kempton tomorrow night, but nothing for today.
Travelling home thinking we are going to have a blank day and suddenly “Steve the wrist” calls on fire about 2 of John Jos horses running today at Worcester WHISTLING SENATOR in the 2-20 and ANGER MANAGEMENT in the 3-20. WHISTLING SENATOR gets a great ride and wins, but ANGER MANAGEMENT seems a tad reluctant to go through with it even with A P s urgings and shirks it, so in all a small winning day, but a WINNING DAY nether less.
Thursday 29th. I am very excited about the information I received during my poached eggs yesterday and quickly scan the Kempton card and yes there she is in the 6-50k RED TULIP I am told that this will win, but past experience tells me to do it ew and an added bonus is it’s a better price than we expected at 4-1 and we are going to have a swing at this little filly. Also I have another A P mount BOLD RAIDER in the afternoon that is very strong I decide to put this up as well, I ponder on the double but as 1 is in the afternoon and 1 in the evening decide against it. BOLD RAIDER is pushed home nicly by A P and RED TULIP wins like a dream at Kempton at 9/2. An absolutely blinding day for us the bookies stuffed and an amazing 25 points profit, OH OH another winning day.
Friday 30th. Still on an amazing high this morning after yesterdays winning exploits, I have to refocus on todays card at Sandown and with all the dogs from Newmarket barking “group horse in a handicap” (the most banded around phase in racing, and most ill placed) John Gosdens BREDEN I decide to go with it and surprise, surprise it’s beaten the excuses immediately start flowing from Newmarket ran to wide, slow pace etc etc, ask Joe Coral or William Hill they love these over hyped, under priced horses and YES I am annoyed you can probably guess I should have known better then to get involved. SORRY all.
Saturday 31st. After yesterdays disappointment, I want to badly finish which has been in my view and hopefully yours as well a very unlucky month (17 seconds) but still a very profitable one on a high. The problem I’m faced with is, it’s the usual ultra competitive Saturday and I am torn between the hard and the rock, do I sit tight on our profit and wimp out or increase it???? No contest we pile in as normal.
After all the tips and form is complete I finally settle for 2 bets 4-05 Chester I’m told that BLOCKADE will defiantly turn over the odds on fave Lilbourne Lass and that Jo Hughes are having a “go” with CHESTER’SLITTLEGEM in the 7-45 at Bath. BLOCKADE slips the field and wins very nicely at 5-2 and we have the perfect start to a Saturday, bit of a wait until CHESTER’SLITTLEGEM. The so called super horse KINGMAN is now 5-1 for next years Guineas after doing a slow winning time at Sandown, but to the eye looking very impressive, is that 5-1 to get there???? there old warriors Joe and William are already booking their winter holidays on the back of laying the 5s on KINGMAN winning next years classic. Is it CHESTER’SLITTLEGEM not genuine with a string of 2nds now or Cathy??? Not wishing to annoy some of you bloggers by being critical of very well paid professional’s being tactically inept and being accused of talking out of my pocket I will sit this 1 out Grrrrrr. A good winning day but could of been so much better.
Sunday 1st. LMAO (ask any1 under 12 what that means) I think the DON & PENNY forgot my dinner invite in yesterdays column.
Just a quick note before I get slated for last nights comments re Cathy Gannon or lack of them, I saw her in Newmarket this morning and the word on the manor was “A CRAP RIDE.” but she has a chance to make amends at Brighton today.
We have all had a cracking week to end what was a tricky start to the month with a great winning Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (45ish point profit) and with lots in the pipeline for which September is normally a very good punting month which includes the Ledger meeting at Donny and the Yarmouth festival (shouldn’t really be in the same sentence) I would like you all to join ANDY BELL RACING and hopefully it will not only be the wife doing the laundering and we can all experience the joys, rather then reading about our exploits on a Sunday.
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