Andy Bell’s Racing Diary – NOT A GREAT END.
Sunday 23rd. ACTIVIAL, our free tip won very nicely at Kempton yesterday and returned at a very decent SP of 9/4, before we get to carried away with him in regards to Cheltenham, to put things in context IRVINE never came off the bridle and his winning time was 2 seconds quicker.
All us in the ANDY BELL gang finished the day level with help from GRANDEUR that won nicely for Jeremy Noseda under Ryan Moores urgings. Unfortunately THE LATE BETTING service couldn’t keep our amazing winning run going as we posted a 3rd as CLONDAW BANKER, who couldn’t quite give weight away and just got caught in the last 50 yards.
In all not a bad day a wash through with ANDY BELL and a free 9/4 winning tip.
Monday 24th. The cards look very ordinary this morning and things seem to be very quiet on all fronts as well. I think we will get a few days like this as all attentions and thoughts will now be slowly switching to Cheltenham.
I decide at lunchtime as nothing has materialised to make my way up to Leicester for tomorrows racing so I can be nice and fresh and make an early start. Just as I am nearing the A6, I finally get a call regarding a must bet at Wolverhampton later this afternoon. In the 5-00 No 6, ARANTES who is trained by the ex Canarie, Mick Channon is trading at 5/4, but I am told he is expected to win. Also during the same call I am told that SHAN VALLEY will go close, but to have a smaller bet on her. I stop at Burger King on the A6 and email these both out to the LATE BETTING service.
I find my pre booked hotel, just off London Road, which is racecourse side of the town and on entry I am greeted by one of the locals, an Indian, very nice chap, who is in the process of lightening my credit card, when I realise there is no internet, the card is very quickly withdrawn from the machine and he is told the card is not working until the internet is.
This little 5ft man has now turned his back and is screaming in the backroom direction, maybe he is ordering me a curry or a hit squad because I have absolutely no idea. Amazingly a ladder and two goffers quickly appear and just as quickly disappear upstairs and into a cupboard, as cool as a cucumber, as if nothing has happened, he says “just one minute sir.”
With another quick unfamiliar unleicestershire bark and my bag and I and my still intact credit card are being ushered upstairs. I obviously have the ex-headmasters room at the top of this converted old school house, (I bet there will not be a queue of girlies waiting to see me first thing in the morning hehehe) which is very nice, clean, big shower room and a big flat screen TV.
I quickly dump my stuff and hail a cab to the nearest bookies, just in time to see SHAN VALLEY pulling and jumping like a cow, in her defence she picks up the bridle and battles all the way home and finishes a creditable second, without her early race antics, I think she would of won. ARANTES is visually the winner 2 furlongs from home and doesn’t disappoint and wins easily at odds on, which makes our 5/4 look very juicy indeed.
Room and journey paid for, the job and the days a goodun.
Quick shower and spruce up, a meeting with Biggles Steve is already planned and lets see what Leicester’s made of.
Tuesday 25th. I met Biggles outside the train station as planned last night and there’s even more taxies this time than I can ever remember. Making sure eye contact is never made, we navigate our way through them and head into town and descend upon a very nice bar called The Lansdowne. After 3 or 4 pints of the truth serum, I find out that the charming Hayley has disappeared off the radar, Miss Sweden is receiving so many flowers from an admirer, she’s thinking of starting up a florist and poor old Steve is loathed to make contact.
We finish up in a flash wine bar, where the Tesco’s Pino is £18 a bottle and I am dying to get to the bottom of these forgotten two beauties, but ancient Biggles is more concerned about why I don’t own an address book, yes an address book, I thought those things went out with bloomers and y fronts. The amazing thing he is deadly serious and goes into great lengths about letter writing, who writes letters now I think, has he finally lost the plot I think.
Although a great asset to us all with his brilliant information and contacts, I am glad when he gets a call and has to pick his niece up.
A couple more billy no mates drinks and then a Kebab rounds the night of nicely. I am told this morning that whilst walking to the hotel, munching my Kebab the 1-07 am call to Tony The Machine wasn’t overly appreciated hehehe.
Today ROCK A DOODLE DO is going to be well punted by its connections and in a very winnable looking race I email him out and suggest taking the 3/1. The Hunter chase is of great interest to us today with ALL GREAT AND THEORY and at 9/1 the now new named Grandad Steve is convinced this will not be out of the first 3, so I also put this up as an ew bet.
I am devastated that on entering the race course the fish cart has been replaced by a clothes and book stall and my mood is no better after ROCK A DOODLE DO clouts three out and scuppers any chance he had of winning at a very well backed 13/8 from our advised 3/1.
Leicester is pretty bleak when it rains and trust me at about 3-00 it’s at its bleakest as the rain pours. Neil King looks as if he has got hold of another decent animal as KELTIC RYTHAM wins very easily on his chase debut and I am told by the team that he will go very close next week on the 5th at Catterick.
ALL GREAT AND THEORY is given a very quietly, quietly ride by Mr D Renney and just fails to get up and only just misses out, 2nd, also at a very well backed 13/2.
Fergal O Brien wins the last with LORD LANDEN making up for his near miss earlier in the day with BEN AND ME.
Straight into a cab and into town for the night.
Wednesday 26th. A much better night last night, as I met up with the unfamiliar pairing of a Welshman and Irishman. Can you feel a joke coming on Englishman, Irishman and Welshman lol.
The night was warming very nicely, in a club, which I can’t remember the name of, until the rather more Portly and matron typeish member of the party ushered the very, chatty rest of her flock to safety. Obviously the chatty ones have had the desired effect on my new found comrades as they quickly declined my offer of an Indian and headed towards the rather more scantly clad end of town.
Now it’s against the law to come to Leicester and not have a curry, so I descent upon the aptly named Taj Mahal, which I did put on my Andy Bell Racing Facebook page, but fortunately for my credit card there was no bus loads of hungry punters waiting.
I only dare have a Madras as I don’t think the garages on the A14 are strategically enough placed for a vindaloo, with tomorrow mornings journey home looming.
That Indian beer is real shite in my opinion, so I have a bottle of Sula Nasika Sauvignon wine, I always thought curry’s were invented just to cover the taste of bad meat, but they do hell of a job on wine as well.
All roads are heading towards East Anglia and homewards this morning, with the stolen loo roll in my bag.
PICAROON is emailed out as a win bet, whilst I am in Cambridge Services, although I do hope the forecast rain doesn’t arrive. I stop in Newmarket on the way past and make sure our two big bets sorted for the AW next week are still happening. Although not all is good news as the filly has come into season, so she will have to be entered and re-planned, but the young gelding is still bouncing and it’s all systems go.
I didn’t think PICAROON stayed the trip in the softening ground and finishes a clear second, so no payday today.
Thursday 27th. A day at home today, after not the most of profitable trips away, but hey we can’t do it every week, as long as we can keep making monthly profits that’s all that matters. Of our two services THE LATE TIPPING service is topping a just profitable ANDY BELLs service, who this month is being a victim of our own success after 3 amazing months.
It’s a big afternoon working on the Cheltenham cards for me today. I am working on the history angles, as I often find half the field can be crossed out by history stats alone and we have the small job of kicking the old Grumblings butt in a couple of weeks or so.
After a few nights out the home comforts are sweet, a fire, two meat, veg and gravy and a decent bottle of wine.
Friday 28th. 10-17 to Doncaster today and that tart “Oliver” Holden or is it Hardy can’t come because he’s in the recording studios at BETFAN “Hollywood” towers, lets hope the launderette ladies felt sorry for us lot watching last week and chucked some of their black and white knickers in the wash to negate that tanny colour on his primarny suit.
My tissues, the form sheets and the masses of contacts have once again drawn a blank on the last day of February.
Doncaster is relatively quiet today, not only on the bets front, but also the head count and no shenanigans today or tonight to be reported, as I am heading home, on the correct timed train I hasten to add.
On the rattler home now, the correct one. I don’t think there was a great deal to be learned from today’s racing and I am glad we didn’t have a bet.
Not a great month for my ANDY BELL’s service after a cracking start, but we did ultimately finish in profit, although it was well below par. Lets get the blips and hard luck stories out of the way before the real fun starts in 11 days. I was very pleased with THE LATE BETTING service who ended the month with over 60 points profit. It will be a very interesting service for Cheltenham and could easily fly, when a lot of the cards are played late and an awful lot can be learned and picked up from the betting ring.
Saturday 1st. Well done again Hardy, really good live TV production, I bet it’s easier to knock than do!! I may let you off for standing me up yesterday.
The start of the greatest steeple chasing month in the calendar and I have increased the already massive pressure upon myself, by taking the Grumbling Don on over the four days and making a selection in EVERY race. Please don’t think I am getting cold feet, because I am certainly not, I wish there was some spread betting available, so I could take a price on how many points I am going to win by heheheh.
After last weeks really nice FREE tip bolting up at 9/4, the pressure is also on for the pin to find another today.
TODAYS FREE TIP:
3.30 Doncaster – Court By Surprise – 6/1 Each Way (stan james)
I hope this weeks diary falls in line with another of the great mans quotes;
“A good read should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest” Winston Churchill
Till next week be good or very careful.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing