Andy Bell’s Racing Diary… “If Only”
Sunday 15th. Simon and I did manage to record our BETFAN TV, which will be available for viewing this Friday the 20th. I don’t think the Rock was very impressed with me for telling him to go “bollocks” and as he was trying to squeeze another free tip out of me, I think I also pissed him off by giving one at Royal Ascot, which would already of ran by the time of showing and that’s not to mention not turning my mobile off, which kept ringing and the icing on the cake was wanting to sack his personal trainer.
(www.betfan.com/tv) I think my next appearance will be a quick cameo bringing on the tea and biscuits for Lord Howie hehehe.
Anyway it was fun and a great attribute to BETFAN and long may it continue.
We leave for the races at 12ish, as I want to meet my good friend Michael Foulger, one of the Norwich City Football Club directors, who has two runners here today. All my bets are complete for the day, so it’s a day for relaxing and enjoying the great racing on offer. We stop at the new bar on the main drag, near the arches, although it’s very nice, it’s a far cry from the strip club, Bohemia, it used to be.
As we are walking to the course, The Don takes great pleasure in giving us a beep as he passes. No Penny again, Simon and I wonder if there has been a stewards inquiry on Bury Road, Newmarket, or maybe after the Dons beating maybe she has no new frock to wear.
We pop up stairs into the owners and trainers bar for a quick bottle of Heineken or two, as we have said we will be in the Champagne bar, at 3ish to meet any BETFAN boys or girls that are here.
How close were we to absolutely cleaning up yesterday? I had three selections and all three ran good races. Katie Walsh couldn’t quite get the old rogue SAPTAPARDI to put his head in front and was just beaten into a clear second by the Favourite, but secured our ew money at the advised 11/2.
We get into the Champers bar early and luckily we do as we meet two great BETFAN lads and share the bottle with them. As it’s time for NAADIRR to run the lads depart to get their monies on.
Even more heart breaking than the first was NAADIRR not quite getting up and losing by a nose at 14/1 and golly gosh it was my Saturday’s column FREE tip as well as a private ew service bet.
I seem to remember the Dons offer of a nice bottle of bubbly in his Sunday column, all I can say is I’m still waiting, I did give him a victorious smile when we did cross paths.
MON BRAV was our final bet in the last at 10/1 ew and he was a fast finishing third, so 11/2, 14/1 and a 10/1 all placed, so we won money on all three of them, but it could of easily have been so much better.
Never mind we have made money again and I bet a lot of the crowd now leaving would swap. We head straight into town and as we have had a fair fill already, we decide to eat early as it’s the England game later.
Once again we grace York’s answer to dear old Floyd and take our usual seat in the back room at The Waterfront. Floyd or better known as Richard is very jovial and welcomes us with an Arkwright smile and a rub of his hands, obviously a 200 sovs last night smile. It s steak or steak boys, oh we have one salmon left, you just have to try it to believe it and for goodness sake get in there before 8pm. Surprise we both have a steak and the habitual bottle of red and white. As he has now ushered everybody else out he joins us with his own bottle and we have an in depth chat about tomorrows runners, well Richard does and we listen, as it’s his way or the highway.
Another two bottles and the England match seems as close to getting watched as calm games teacher on parents evening. It’s no good even thinking about walking into town to watch it, so we go back to my apartment to watch it.
Zonk, I didn’t see a ball kicked and I don’t think Simon did either.
All that hype and same old England, oh weren’t they unlucky didn’t they play well, maybe so but same result, they lost again.
It’s the 9-58 train home today after two good winning days at York and a quiet one for me and hopefully the girls have remembered it’s Father day.
Monday 16th. Yes they remembered, as they struggle through the door with arms full of carrier bags and to my sadness not filled with goodies, but full of food to cook on the BBQ, for ME to cook, don’t you just love them and not a case of beer in sight, lovely cards though.
GIANTSTEPSAHEAD is our first bet today and the 7/4 looks a fair price to me, so I suggest taking this along with MAOI CHINN TIRE who at 9/2, I just have to have a good ew bet on and also advise all the ANDY BELL clients to do likewise.
Jamie Spencer is jocked up on SECRET GESTURE and I get my Newmarket contact telling me this is a good thing, I have this tissued up at 1/2 and can’t believe our luck when I can see it’s only just odds on at 4/5. I email out a big bet on THE LATE SERVICE and advise taking the 4/5 as a must.
I notice the Greyhound Master has got some competition with Emma James, or is that Mrs D under an alias. If that’s Emma really on the promo photo, what the hell is she doing tipping Greyhounds, I’m sure she could make a much better living in other circles, now that is a racing certainty and when she says she’s whipped the bookies butts, I bet there’s a few punters wanting to whip hers right now.
MAOI CHINN TIRE gets our day off to the best possible start by bolting up at 3/1 making our 9/2 look huge and securing another winning day, whatever happens later.
GIANTSTEPSAHEAD is just beaten in second.
As we thought Jamie Spencer coasts home on SECRET GESTURE at a very well backed 4/7.
Tuesday 17th. We smashed both of the services again yesterday and the Greedy 1s, now we have a combined total of well over 200 points profit for the month, leading the way is ANDY BELL with 135 points and the late service is not far behind with nearly 80 points profit, 1st and 4th in the table.
It’s the first day of the fantastic Royal Ascot meeting and lets see if we can continue our incredible form. I have agreed to do the five day marathon for BETFAN as a special, although I have my reservations about having to tip in every race for five days and attempting to make a profit, that’s a big ask in anybody’s book.
TORONADO and KINGMAN are being touted as good things on day one and I have to agree, so I put both these out on the Ascot Special and also on ANDY BELL.
On ANDY BELL they are my only winners of the day and secures us a small day 1 profit. How impressive was KINGMAN, I certainly wouldn’t be rushing to take him on if he turns up at Glorious Goodwood in the Sussex stakes. The Ascot special has also had these two winners and also HOT STREAK ew, which finishes third, but unfortunately day 1 is a very small losing day to start the special.
Wednesday 18th. Day 2 looks an impossible gambling day and if we come out of this with not only our shirts intact but also our pants we have had a right result.
On the ANDY BELL email I advise backing MUSTAJEEB at 11/2 ew in the first, what on paper looks the days banker TREVE and we will see how CERTIFY at 14/1 can perform with out being filled with drugs after his year in rehab.
I’m afraid there’s not going to be any jovialities or false teeth flying around this week as it’s all systems go and things will be quite mundane and normal.
With all eyes on Ascot, I am reliably informed that we may be able to slip a couple under the radar at Ripon this evening. Not great prices, but I am told the connections will be very disappointed it they cant both oblige. As it 2ish and everything else is done I decide to put KICKBOXER at 6/4 and DUTCHBREEZE at evens up on THE LATE SERVICE as both win bets and also a larger win double.
MUSTAJEEB gets the special and also ANDY BELL off to dream starts, by winning nicely and limiting our possible loses. TREVE is very disappointing and trails in a well beaten third and CERTIFY flounders in last, obviously needing another jab or two to find his form, which had him as favourite for the Guineas.
I know hindsight and all that stuff, but after TREVES race the trainer saying he didn’t move well to post and Frankie saying he never felt right under him going to the start, shouldn’t a vet or something of been involved, if a formula one car doesn’t go well on its warm up lap it’s straight into the pits, I know my pocket talking here and my clients.
Thanks to MUSTAJEEB we escape the impossible looking day two with another small loss, I am aware I need to perform or these small loses will mount up.
After all the dramas of Ascot I nearly forget our two runners at what seems a lowly Ripon evening meeting. KICKBOXER and DUTCHBREEZE are both smashed off the boards and win very nicely for us and nets THE LATE BETTING SERVICE just under 30 points profit.
Thursday 19th. Oi Oi both services are today over the magic 100 points profit mark for the month, ANDY BELL 135 and LATE BETTING 101 and sitting top of the BETFAN tree in 1st and 2nd.
As I say in ANDY BELLS and the Specials emails I fancy todays racing, as it looks my type of races.
Newmarket is not hearing of defeat for CANNOCK CHASE, so he appears as a Max bet at 9/4. also on both services are TO BE DETERMINED at 10/1 and in the last WINDSHEAR at 5/1. On the special Ascot service only MISSUNITED at 50/1 available at 80/1 for the Gold Cup and HORS DE COMBAT at 14/1.
We bomb out badly in the first finishing 11th. CANNOCK CHASE is as good as we are told and gives Sir Michael and Ryan Moore their first winner of the week and kicks our day into profit. MISSUNITED has me shouting all the way down the home straight, I don’t care about patriotism right at this moment and HRH and her ESTIMATE can finish an honourable second or third for all I care, silk bowlers lifted to MISSUNITED, she ran an absolute cracker and was only just beaten in the final strides and what a coup we would of had, if only, hey.
HORS DE COMBAT gets going too late and finishes third at 8/1 once again making our 12s look good and when Hughsey hits the front on WINDSHEAR I think it’s job done a nice 5/1 winner, only for King Kieran to cruise up and pass us leaving us a clear second.
As I have just said, although we have secured a nice profit on both the Special and ANDY BELL, it still leaves me thinking “if only.”
Friday 20th. Day 4 and again I like the look and the profile of todays Ascot card. Sir Michael is again attempting to get Her Majesty in the winners enclosure with BOLD SNIPER, who I am reliably told done a sparkling last piece of work with yesterdays winner CANNOCK CHASE and Gold Cup 2nd ESTIMATE, so this is my max for the day, working round him, I also put up ADELAIDE at 9/4, who on Saturday was only 2 lengths behind AUSTRALIA, I know that Roger Varion is very sweet on CURSORY GLANCE in the first at 16/1 and the very easy Yarmouth winner HORSTEAD KEYNES at 8/1 in the lucky last.
As I am always telling you, my merry band you must spend your winnings, so that you appreciate what we have done and achieved, I am taking my own advice and next weeks diary will be coming from sunny Malta. I can assure all you non horsey readers that it will be a fun read and thankfully I am always lucky when I am out there. In all honesty apart from the fantastic weather, food and girls, with the internet available everywhere, even on the fishing boats with the hotspot, it’s not much different than working from home.
Another great start today as CURSORY GLANCE bolts home in the first at an advised 16/1 and gets yet another day off to a steaming start, that’s three first race winners in the four days. HRH will have to wait as BOLD SNIPER finishes second, he doesn’t look the easiest of rides either and I think Ryan Moore did really well. ADELAIDE is made to look ordinary by another Mr Gosden flying machine EAGLE TOP. This has St Ledger winner written all over it, but I fear Mr Gosden may take the NATHANAL route and go the King George route with him. As I say we have to chuck a couple of points away in the 5-00 as I have to bet in every race and we do. Our hopes are pinned on Jamie Spencer and HORSTEAD KEYNES in the last, who we know can be quite brilliant or awful, hence his nick name marmite, as you either love or hate him. You pays your money and take your chance is the old saying, we did, we knew what we were getting with Spencer on board, once again the best horse got beat and why, oh why did he have him so far back, I know that’s his style, but ten lengths with only a furlong to go, that’s rather extreme, surely, even as it’s my/our pockets talking.
Once again I am left thinking, if only.
Thankfully I can say a rare losing day for ANDY BELL and the LATE BETTING SERVICE as combined we were killed by three seconds. It’s not doom and gloom because both services combined are still well over the 200 points profit for the month, which should pay for your holidays and a few beers at a measly tenner a point that’s well over two grand already this month.
Saturday 21st. Off to sunny Newmarket today and boy am I glad, no hustle and bustle, no queuing for a drink or a john and even better I can wear my civvies. I am meant to be doing a tipping talk, the depth I will be able to go into depends on how long it takes me to do day five of the Ascot card.
Although its been very tricky I have enjoyed all the ups and downs and it all comes down to today. It shows the difficulty of the task, when you consider we banged in two winners and an ew third on day one, an 11/2 winner on day two, a 2/1 winner, a 50/1 ew 3rd, a 12/1 ew second and an 8/1 ew 2nd on day three, we were so unlucky yesterday another winner at 16/1 and three ghastly 2nds. I am pleased to say that so far we have had at least one winner everyday.
Todays card looks very winnable and lets hope we can achieve that feat.
Todays free tip 4.40 Newmarket EXTORTIONIST Each Way 16/1 Corals
I know I have used this one before, but I find it very apt after this weeks ups and downs.
It’s Never Over ’till it’s over!
“Never Give Up! Never.” – Winston Churchill
Till next week from the Rock, caw.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing