Andy Bell’s Racing Diary… THE LULL BEFORE THE STORM.
Sunday 2nd. Yesterday we got two 2nds in our ew Trixie, TURN OVER SILVOLA @ 4/1 and MOSCOW MENANCE @ 10/1, but our 3rd leg and also the free tip couldn’t for some reason get home in the gruelling 3mile 2f Grimthorpe, which was a shame because it would of made it a very nice winning day all round.
I thought the horse to take out of the days racing was a 9 year old, VICTOR HEWGO, who on only his fourth chase start, where he has finished first or second in each race, he jumped like a pro and annihilated a good looking field. I shall be interested to see where the Reveley’s send him next.
I like the look of today’s racing and on my work sheets and tissues, I think this could be another good Sunday. For some reason since my column has gone live on Saturdays most Sundays we have been banging in the winners for fun and making good profits. I think it’s the pressure of the free tips is the problem, pressure hehehe, I am still not finding them regular enough, about 1 in 3 or 4, I think it’s because when it comes to a free tip, we all try and be too clever and change our day to day strategy’s and try to over impress and find bigger priced selections. I am going to go back to basics and let the pin drop on more realistic selections from now on, so be told, back next weeks free Saturday tip. I so do like a little Sunday sermon, now that’s over back to business.
If the shrewd Dessy Hughes thinks ART OF PAYROLL warrants a county hurdle entry and he needs a few more pounds to give him a chance of getting in, then surely today is his final chance of a ticket there and he is going to be bang up to todays challenge and should show these a clean set of heals. At 7/4 I email out this information and advise taking the price.
When I was at Leicester 3 weeks ago and we backed BIN END, if you can remember and yes it was the 13th, he was unfortunately brought down at the first, but our second choice today ran in the very same race TOKIO JAVILEX and it was his chasing debut and he was a very impressive second, so maybe some good can come out of the 13th’s race and we can recoup our losses today at a short price of 5/4. I personally back these and also advise the same, backing both of these in win singles and also in a win double.
Today it’s Lunch at the boozer and a nice bottle of vino and hopefully I shall return home to some nice news this evening when I look at the results.
Monday 3rd. A great day for us yesterday two nice single bets and also a good double landed, which has once again sent us racing up the BETFAN tipster tree. It’s cracking to be hitting the winners again after a quiet end to February and feeling in form and ready for my huge challenge with the Grumbling Don next week.
A week today I shall be trundling towards Prestbury Park via the A14, M6 and finally the M5 and M4 as I have been doing every year for the past 25ish years only breaking this routine when the foot and mouth was the victor.
A busy day today with 3 bets in total. GALWAY JACK, who Caroline Bailey thinks will win.
TEMPLEBRADEN has got really got point form and I am told he is a cracking ew bet at 5/1 and finally ALACCORDIAN won nicely last time and although he has got the very impressive last time winner favourite to beat. I decide after just missing out on a big priced Trixie on Saturday, with two big priced places to try another one today.
GALWAY JACK gets us off to a flyer after a brilliant round of jumping and a good front running display.
TEMPLEBRADEN also leads but gets tapped for toe turning for home and just misses out on a place after running on again to late. Charlie Poste earns his beans with a never giving up ride on ALACCORDIAN after getting barged and bumped at a crucial time, he finishes a clear second to the impressive favourite.
A small but very welcome profit on the day.
Tuesday 4th. I’m not looking forward to today whatsoever. I am visiting my very good racing friend Ken, who I have written about many times in my after racing Yarmouth jolly jaunts. The awful big C has got its claws into him and he is currently in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. I am picking up our very good friend and landlady of the Colonal H in Yarmouth, Ruth.
My concentration isn’t great today, so I am pleased when I get a call from the Appleby stable saying they fancy spoiling the STAND GUARD party today by beating him with their STAFF SERGEANT.
Ruth and I have a couple of drinks before we visit Ken, which isn’t always the most sensible idea, as it does tend to bring the emotions to the fore quicker.
Wednesday 5th. Not a great day yesterday and I don’t mean backing a loser either. STAFF SERGEANT broke a blood vessel and will now not race tomorrow, although he is entered again.
MOLLY CAT ran really well last time and today, if the ground doesn’t deteriorate anymore, The Elm Racing Syndicate really fancies their chances of clocking up another win.
HARRIS was unlucky not to win again last time at Catterick as the ground went against him during the afternoon and it was deemed heavy at his race time and he couldn’t quite slog through it and finished 2nd. He is being backed to win today, so I back him and email out taking the 5/2 which is still on offer, if the monies do in fact come in for him as Grandad Steve has said it will, I can see flip flopping favourites and HARRIS going off the well backed favourite.
Its been a relatively quiet week, with not much really happening and the racing is pretty poor, which always happens in a run up to a big festival.
The rain does in fact arrive and MOLLY CAT is declared a non runner, this never concerns me as I would always rather a horse be pulled out than run on unsuitable ground.
HARRIS is backed into favouritism as we predicted and the result never actually looks in doubt as he bolts up by over 20 lengths
Thursday 6th. I am up to my eyeballs in form books, printed sheets, papers and the old faithful Weatherbys betting guide this morning. I am really going to start cracking up the heat with the Grumbling Don today, in my attempt to not only beat him and the bookies, but to ensure we all have a very successful and prosperous Festival.
The ground seems to be drying out very nicely, which as a rule of the thumb normally suits the more fancied runners. I can see that “THE ROCK HOLDEN” is now sitting firmly on the fence with regards to my and the Dons challenge.
Friday 7th. It doesn’t seem as though we have been setting the world alight yet this month on the tipping front, but looking at the figures, we are still hitting an amazing 54% winners and are nicely in profit for March.
I am on the 10-07 train to Leicester this morning and it’s the last journey out until the big one into Shakespeare’s county on Monday and his theatre is not part of the itinerary.
Leicester was meant to be a good earner today, but shortly after arriving I am told that the ground hasn’t dried enough to be sure enough of putting our monies down. I shall watch just a couple of races and than head home to get some more work done on Cheltenham.
Saturday 9th. I think next weeks column will be a must read, as things are already starting to simmer to boiling point. I have SIX great bets lined up already, the first of which is already winging its way towards the Grumbling Dons corner and sticking it up him at a juicy price of 20/1.
This time next week all the talking will be over and one of us will be 5k richer. I am very impressed with the interest the challenge has generated and the vast number of people that have also put their monies where their mouths are and signed up. The challenge will be unique and by no means easy as we have agreed to pick a horse in every race of every day, so there will be no hiding place until the flag is finally lifted on the GRAND ANNUAL Friday evening and by this time everybody that has had the good foresight to sign up will of had access to 12-14 top selections a day, around 50 on the week, which will equate to around a poultry 60p a selection.
TODAYS FREE TIP:
5.05 Chepstow – Bendant – Each Way Bet 17/2 (corals)
Win or lose Belly Boy, the one certainty is next weeks column is going to be….. Mmmmm ” Interesting”.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
– Winston Churchill
Be good until Tuesday and than let loose.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing