Sunday 13th. The Doctor was king for us last week, when his PINEAU DE RE won the National, with our free Saturday tip and another Doctor was our nemesis yesterday, as the Doctor Koukash owed GRABIEL’S KAKA beat this weeks free Saturday tip BROWNSIE BRINK whom we had backed at 10/1 ew, although we did make a small profit on the bet. It was the same case when our COURT MINSTRAL at 17/2 jumped the last and had the beating of the short priced favourite MY TENT OR YOURS, only to be mugged by the Cheltenham buzz horse COCKNEY SPARROW, once again a small profit, but this Saturday was certainly not what the Doctor ordered, although we made a small profit on the day.
KINGMAN was scintillating and well deserves to be head of the 2000g market at 2/1, after a very easy win and more importantly clocking a two second quicker time than the Fred Darling winner.
We couldn’t get the English and Scottish national double as our MENDIP EXPRESS was pulled up.
We did it again on the LATE BETTING SERVICE as we made it five winning days on the trot, when Choc loomed up on my advised MILES TO MEMPHIS and won nicely at 3/1.
In all a very satisfactory days work, as I personally won a right nice few quid again and with all my ANDY BELL clients winning a small amount and THE LATE BETTING SERVICE clients clearing up again multiplying their preferred stakes by 24 times.
Today, I can see that THE LATE BETTING service clients have jumped into second on the BETFAN top 10 table with 92 points profit and long may it continue. Fear not the ANDY BELL mob as we will be there, as we always are come the time of reckoning on the 30th.
Monday 14th. I am told that the shrewd gambling stable of Brian Ellison are going for a touch on DOLPHIN ROCK today and we need to get on and take the 8/1 ew which is on offer.
Also NOSEY BOX is expected to run a huge race over at hexham and at 9/2 this looks a bet to nothing ew. Finally our last time out winner EASTONDEYE also needs backing today as they are confident of clocking up the 3 timer in Ireland.
Although I have tipped up three today, my mind is firmly on Wednesday, the start of the brilliant two day Craven meeting. This is where the flat starts proper and the men can be sorted from the boys.
I have put up a no bet day on THE LATE BETTING SERVICE and sods law I get the nod on a Newmarket horse, which is so strong I have to break all the rules and risk getting the full brunt of the tower boys fury. Anyway loyalty to my clients gets the better of me and I put up ANIPA of Roger Varian’s at 6/1. On my email I just advise 1/2 point ew in case some clients don’t get it, but in my appraisal I tell all that personally I am having my equivalent of 3 points ew.
NOSEY BOX is the only one on ANDY BELL to trouble the scorers when he comes second, so another losing day. Once again the LATE SERVICE kicks some arse, all be it controversially today, when ANIPA virtually leads all the way and wins easily. I wonder firstly whether I will get a bollocking or as it won, will be swept under the carpet, but I do ask my clients to email in and say thank you, which may help, secondly I wonder if I get accredited 1/2 a point ew or 3 ew, bet I know as the admin side are straight and as tight as a ducks arse in water.
It’s amazing, a great winning day for THE LATE SERVICE and another losing one for ANDY BELL. It’s unbelievable the same person, me, is doing both the services as the LATE boys and girls are swanning along nicely with six winning days on the trot and the poor old ANDY BELL mob can’t hit a winner. We will fear not.
Tuesday 15th. Yes our thoughts were confirmed, 1/2 point ew is logged, but no noise or contact from the tower boys, must have been all your emails. On the LATE SERVICE with the evening racing looming as this is a unique service I am not going to put up a no bet option any more, in case we get caught out again.
HANDSOME HORRACE looks a big price at 4/1 and the stable and Dicky really likes his chances so we back him ew. I am picking Simon “the rock” Holden up this afternoon as he should be on the 5-31pm train.
He is in fact on the correct train and we pop into town to the newly opened Marston’s pub, the Thatcher’s Needle.
Once again we beat the market as our 4/1 looks huge as HORRACE goes off at a smashed up 5/6. I’m not convinced it was Dickys finest moment aboard HORRACE, as he finds trouble and is all over the track and is quite easy on him as his chance has been baulked away. We keep beating the market, which I know will put us in good stead in the long run, but right at this moment it doesn’t matter if HORRACE was 40 to bastard 1.
A few drinks with Simon and my mad daughter Steph and we head home to see what Belly boys culinary expertise can muster up.
Wednesday 16th. Whoop whoop, the day of reckoning is finally here, the start of the two day Craven meeting and boy does ANDY BELL’s service need to shape up, because after all my mouthing, there’s going to be no where to hide come Thursday evening.
On our way to breakfast I get a call telling me that when King Kieran got off TRUE STORY after its last piece of work, he was adamant that he is a Derby horse. On hearing this I steam in and get all my bettors to grab me the 3/1 which is on offer for some lumpy amounts and also email out the same message.
The breakfast is good and The Rock is now rearing to go, but I just have to pop across the road to the Swan and just smooth things over after my antics, so I am told, pre our National win. Luckily the owner, Robin, is in there and greets me with, Andy you were a naughty boy last time you were in here, dancing on the tables and as for drinking the whole of Mr Harts bottle of wine down in one and than filling it up with water, while he was at the little boys room was very funny, but not nice, luckily all with a smile and a chuckle.
Ex school teacher, Mr Hart who is a member of three Highclere syndicate’s will see the funny side, eventually, I hope.
MUNJAZ is expected to win the race after TRUE STORY, but at the moment this is no rocket science as Mr Gosden could win with the yard cat, at 13/8 I also email this out as a cracking bet.
We pick up Mr Jolly and arrive at The Rowley in plenty of time and get a prime seat in the owners and trainers bar over looking the paddock and also spotting the flimsy day one attire.
As all our bets are done and we have a driver the Grolsh is able to freely flow and things are warming up nicely. When The Don waddles in I can’t help thinking that he is carrying a lot of condition and would certainly come on for the run. He joins us at the table, without visiting the bar, I hasten to add. When Simon asks him if he has bought a pie shop, he doesn’t really cotton on, but when I ask him if he has won any of his pie eating contests the penny drops and he was up and puffing away. Poor old Don.
Our local boys are downstairs and on a pub jolly and wanting their cards marked, so hopefully I can come up trumps for them. I give them all TRUE STORY and a string of decent bets (£100 x 2, £160, £140 a £620 and various others) are winging their way to the rails, OMG I think, I have double that on, but theirs create more pressure.
At the 2f post I am thinking TRUE STORY is under pressure as the very well backed, in to favourite, Irish horse under Spencer’s guidance is swinging away, but as soon as we hit the rising ground SDS gets a proper response and the further he goes the better and wins by a pulling up 7 lengths. Oi Oi Belly boys hit the Newmarket turf running and has bagged our first winner.
Downstairs is now carnage and the line of drinks that welcome me is quite frightening, I am sure I can cope though, it’s the kisses and cuddles which are more worrying.
We don’t have long to wait as MUNJAZ runs in the next and as expected he looks stunning in the parade ring with his coat shining like silk in the bright sunshine.
The bus load of raging Bungay boys are now rampant and ALL pile in again on MUNJAZ.
MUNJAZ is placed nicely on the outside and when asked at the furlong post, there is only one winner and we have two out of two at Newmarket and won all my clients nearly 30 points profit. The Two winners have the Bungay bus paid for and all the entrance fees sorted, the kitty is full and the evening meal is sorted, so good luck where ever the boys pitch up later, but I can smile and be proud as I have done my bit.
Pity I ever opened the Cheltenham page and it pains me to write about it, so I’m not, but we win 18 points on the day and that’s a great start to a great meeting.
With pockets full of cash and accounts fully topped up, we stop at the Swan on the way home, not the antics one and immediately start on the red wine, after I don’t know how many, but we are both very well oiled by the time we say our goodbyes and head for home, with another big day in the offering tomorrow.
Thursday 17th. Phew!! a great start yesterday and that eases the pressure for today, don’t get me wrong that’s not the job done, but a great start. Yesterday I was told that BELLE FILLE of David Browns is expected to run a big race in the opener today and when I get it confirmed this morning I have no hesitation in putting her up as an ew bet and advising on taking the 20/1 on show.
ALJAMAAHEER is 13/8 which looks on the shortish side, but he has the class to win this easily.
Last but certainly not least Jane Chapple-Hyam thinks MULL OF KILLOUGH can win this race for the second consecutive year and at 9/2 he looks a cracking ew bet to nothing, with the eye catching booking of Adam Kirby.
All my bets are now complete and emailed out, so we can take the leisurely drive to Newmarket for day 2 of the Craven meeting. As soon as we arrive I know just my shirt option is the wrong one as it’s totally different weather and quite cold and windy here.
The owners and trainers bar isn’t cold whatsoever so Simon and I pitch up in there. It seems busier today inside and outside.
We want to record our BETFAN TV from the track, but we can’t find a good enough filming point, without shoving Nick Luck out of the way. As always it’s Manana and we settle down for a fantastic days racing.
Another BETFAN power joins us, Chris, who is starting a new service soon to complement his existing one. We are unable to hold him in the trainers bar for long, as him and his world war 2 binoculars soon disappear to his belovered paddock.
BELLE FILLE plays up in the stalls which isn’t ideal, but breaks well and is always up there. She does stumble slightly and loses her action as she hits the rising ground at the 2 furlong pole and is very frustratingly beaten less than a length back in fifth. This little filly will be winning races, unfortunately not today when we had our monies down at the 20s.
I think Paul Hannigan needs to join the now portly Don in the gym, for a different reason, as his rides don’t seem to be filled with power packed finishes, rather tame and weak and his ride on ALJAMAAHEER is shocking, losing by less than a length after being caught well out of his ground and flying at the finish. He should have won by at least two lengths.
I am told we have a very special bet Saturday night at Nottingham, which will be a paying members only bet.
MULL OF KILLOUGH is expertly placed by Adam Kirby and when he kicks for home a furlong and a half out he flies three clear, only for a boys in blue chaser to appear and close, thankfully Adam Kirby has nicked the race and wins nicely and finishes off the second day on a high. The Rock and I walk out of Newmarket after the two day Craven meeting, with me knowing I have now had two good winning days on the trot and making a long awaited recovery, with over 27 points profit on the two days.
It’s straight home tonight as we have a couple of nice bottles of red waiting and I’m cooking two steaks weighing in at just under 2 kilos.
Friday 18th. GOOD FRIDAY and we have racing, oh the greedy powers to be, although Lingfield has a marvellous card planned, with amazing monies on offer, I don’t agree with it, not on the religious fronts, purely all that prize money of 1 million could be spread out evenly over the course of the year, making things more competitive during other meetings.
We record our BETFAN TV stint and all seems to go well , but only time will tell after we publish it on you tube.
MORAWIJ from the Varion yard, which has had an in and out start to the season, has been working very well at home and is expected to run a big race today.
Simon has had enough of the country air and needs his fumes fix again, so he sets off to York.
Shamus Durak, where we have been privy to some very shrewd information, really likes the chances of their cheaply purchased French recruit. LITIGANT, who they only paid 18000g for and the booking of George Baker is also a huge positive.
Don’t forget members Nottingham beckons tonight.
MORAWIJ misses the break and for a horse that needs to be bang up there, that is good night nurse and he cruises home last.
George Baker has to be at his best as LITIGANT cruises round the last bend and for some reason he doesn’t seem to want to go through with it, but Georges makes his mind up for him and he ultimately wins going away and with a little in hand .
Amazingly that win takes THE LATE BETTING service over the 100 point profit point for the month and will cement our position near the top. If I hadn’t of been such a knob when mistakenly putting up OBSERVATIONAL at Newmarket as a WIN bet only at 14/1, when getting beaten by a nose, we would of now had 8 winning days on the trot. I take a little solace from the fact that my clients know my style of betting and hopefully they bit the bullet and thought what’s that prick on and took it upon themselves to back OBSERVATIONAL ew at the advised 14s.
Saturday 19th. I should of been heading Kempton races way today, to back a Highclear owned horse “DESIGNATE” but this morning I am told to wait for another day. Talking of betting, all my BETFAN Members on your toes, as I told you on Thursday we have a super bet at Nottingham tonight.
Oh, I must give Lord Howie a mention on his incredible patent selections, well done a 40/1 place, a 25/1 winner and PARBOLD in the Guineas. Richard Fahy reported he was over the moon with PARBOLDS run at Newmarket, when giving weight to the rest. Although I will cheer him home for you Lord Howie I’m not convinced he will stay, but good luck and if he cops for you, you will be re-knighted as MARQUIS of BRIGHTON, certainly not king of the queers, I hasten to add.
After two good weeks on the FREE tips front lets see if we can keep the good work up today.
I have been told that 2-05 Haydock BOLD CHIEF (9/2) ew with Stan James, will be sent to the front and attempt to grind the finish out of the rest.
“Money and tips are like manure, they are only good if you spread them around” – Winston Churchill
A huge week is approaching and we ALL must get on!
As the great man said, lets keep spreading the Manure
Back next Saturday.