Victory Snatched From The Jaws Of Defeat.
Monday 23rd. I shall not grumble about birthday socks and boxer shorts anymore, due to the fact I would still have them now and the thought of my sweet 93 year old Grandma’s card, with a crisp £5 note in it going into the greedy 1s satchel today (not actually, but that’s how it felt) pissed me off more than most loses I can remember just plays on your mind a tad in these quiet moments.
I am rather fortunate that I can hide wether I’ve won a grand or done 1, so as the family and friends arrive cards and presents in hand all is smiles, as it should be because as you and me know we will get many more losing days than winning 1s in this game, but as long as over the course of time the winning 1s out point the losing 1s that’s all that matters AND ours DO.
Finished opening my cards and presents and I am rather surprised (yea right) that I have not had a card and more importantly a BIG FAT CHEQUE from Dave Nevison who owes me big time after his last few failed years gambling, so I text and try to ring him surprise, surprise no answer or reply.
1 of my oldest pals Alfie is in attendance “the great Alfonze” who accompanies me every March in Cheltenham and I try and take him racing when ever I can, because trust me this mans mould was defiantly smashed at birth because he is a 1 and only (I can feel a song coming on), he is to gambling what “big daddy” is to hand gliding, not for the want of trying, if I call him with a good thing his phone is in the cat or he is digging the vicars garden, get the picture!!!, but it just never seems to happen for him for some unknown reason, but on a losing day you just need him with you as he is different class.
Tuesday 24th. Yesterdays column was rather short and direct which I do apologise about but with Red Cossack at 9/1 just missing a place running on very strongly into 4th and Shaolin running like a complete ponce I was in no mood to relive the day, which I do apologise about.
But a quick reality check or jab in the arm never hurts anybody and certainly brings us down to earth with a bump and I hope you are all as lucky as me and have them proper friends around you and yesterday just highlighted that fact, with the old and trusted 1s in attendance I soon forgot about the losing day and celebrated another passing year.
Feel rather delicate today.
Wednesday 25th. BETFAN TOWERS are firmly on my case, if it’s not bad enough having 3 losing days, yes 3, on the trot I totally cock up my points and bets and well………………oh shit, Where’s the Great Alfonze when I need him, chat tomorrow.
Thursday 26th. RIGHT bellie boy the call is, SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT!!!!!!!
Start of the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket today and if ever such an important meeting could start under such a cloud today is that day as I am BANG under pressure to perform. 3 losing days and I have had 10 clients cancel on me which is very disappointing as we have not had a losing month as yet.
I get a really early text about the young and up and coming David O Meara’s Repeater in the 2 miler which backs up my form figures as it ran really well in the Doncaster cup and was unlucky not to be closer to winning, so I rush to take the 7/2 and quickly put it up on Betfan. Just as I am about to leave home for Newmarket my mobile rings and the name displayed really excites me and I am told that the cross ring bit will help Sir Michael Stoutes ASTONISHED immensely in the 3-10 so at 6/1 I also put this up ew.
Newmarket seems very quiet for the start of such a prestigious meeting but I suppose work is paramount and I am more fortunate then most, which is why I get so annoyed and upset when I hit a losing run because believe it or not I DO care and want us all to win.
As my readers and clients can probably tell by my writing I am still on a downer but nothing a winner won’t cure.
The 1st race passes without incident, but I did pop the Richard Hannon trained Gold Top in my note book as Hughsey has probably been harder on his daughter for not doing her homework.
ASTONISHED is astonishing as it bolts up by an eased 7 lengths and all of a sudden the sky’s are bluer and the grass is greener but lets not kid ourselves hopefully this is only the start of a major recovery.
Repeater bombs out and I am so disappointed until Ryan Moore reveals that when the stricken Genzy breaks down in front of him in taking evasive action his saddle has slipped on to nearly its quarters and he cant ride it out fully I feel a little better but certainly no richer.
1st day of the Cambridgeshire meeting and a 11 point profit so just a little happier, say a sparrows feather in the cap.
Friday 27th. There is nothing like a winner to get the heart pounding and the adrenalin flowing, all you drug users there is no rush or hit like seeing a horse you have picked pass that post 1st, todays sermon over.
I am waiting for the paper shop to open at 6am for my racing post when I remember a very good friend of mine, Pete, although he is a mancunian (but he can’t help it) is staying at mine for the last 2 days of the Cambridgeshire meeting is arriving later. Talk about a avid Man U fan, season ticket holder and I bet he can even tell me the circumference round Rooney’s ears.
Today I can’t believe that the French raider is 5/1 against the “good thing” Radiator in the 1st and as I put up in my column this is a no brainer bet ew as you should never be frightened of 1 horse, so I max bet it ew accordingly. Keith “Chatterbox” amazingly gets my full amount on with Whill which I can’t believe but am not complaining about because it saves me various other calls.
William Haggis thinks an awful lot of YUFTEN in the 3-50 drawn stall 13 so I also bet and put this up and finally MORPHEUS in the silver cup ew at 11/2.
I meet Pete at the poshy Bedford lodge hotel on my way for a quick meet at an Exning road stable to attempt to find out wether we have got a buzzer to bet for next week.
I would swop the “olop” for a clove of garlic as the French raider passes me heading for the winners enclosure with the “good thing” Radiator firmly put in its place (another cruise for Joe and William on all the crazy anti-post 12/1 guineas tickets) and we have pocketed another 30 points profit oi oi. On my way back to the bar I may even buy a bottle of French wine to celebrate, but I am quite friendly with my liver so I settle for a good 2013 Stella.
I get a bit of a downer on YUFTEN from the powers to be because the course has been widened for the silver cup and the stalls are on the far side so now YUFTENS stall 13 is not so appealing because it’s out on the flank and bang down the middle. As now expected YUFTEN doesn’t win but it’s 1 for the notebook because it didn’t get a hard ride whatsoever.
We have backed MORPHEUS ew in the silver cup and it gets us a place and another small win.
Very exciting news I get is that our Cambridgeshire bet I have been bulling up all week is 95% certain to go and I will get the call 1st thing in the morning, I just cant wait.
Another great winning day today with 26 points profit that’s 2 out of 2 for the Cambridgeshire meeting and 37 points profit so far. Peters won just over a grand so he’s a happy chappy and even treats me to a posh Italian meal on the way home.
I can sleep well tonight and dream of our max Cambridgeshire bet tomorrow.
Saturday 29th. 8am the call is through and we are maxing EDUCATE in the Cambridgeshire. I quickly put this up to all my loyal clients and advise taking the 15/1 with William Hill for 5 points ew and I quickly get Chatterbox and Smudger to back it for me at 15/1 and 14/1 for lumpy sums.
11am and I put another 2 up but all my thoughts and money is firmly with EDUCATE.
We pick up the “Great Alfonze” and he reminds me and Pete about his Milk float story at Cheltenham last year which is an absolute scream, but a story for another day, I tell him he needs to back EDUCATE and to make sure he actually does we stop in Newmarket and march him into Betfreds and physically watch him put his £100 ew at 12/1 and then head for the Rowley mile.
Our 1st 2 lose, but without being flippant I’m not to concerned because the biggy make or break is getting closer.
A shout of Andy from the other corner of the owners and trainers bar and the trainer Alan Bailey is heading my way with a great big grin on his face, I am rubbing my hands thinking the old shrewdy has a bet for me, but instead he says hold out your hand and he places a tin of brown shoe polish in it and says use the F****r and returns to his crew to rapturous laughter and applause. I had to smile at the old sod.
EDUCATE looks stunning in the paddock and is defiantly the pick, Johnny Murtagh takes him down as quiet as a mouse and for me and us it’s whole duck or no dinner time. Johnny settles midfield of the far side group and pounces in the final furlong and makes up EDUCATES mind for him and wins in a photo. We are jumping for joy we have landed our mini coup and all my BETFAN clients have also had it right off. The Great Alfonze and Pete have both backed it with Roy Christie on the rails at 10/1 to round off a perfect day.
Pink bubbly all round and the party begins in the owners and trainers bar, the Great Alfonzes face is getting redder and redder and he looks as if he is about to explode at any moment, Pete for once doesn’t seem to care that the Baggies have stuffed Man u at Old Trafford as we drink on and we are the last to leave having to be ushered out towards the taxis where Alfonze immediately directs him to, yes you’ve guessed Betfreds, his money certainly never gathers any dust and then on to the Wagon and Horses for a few more sherbets.
Amazing winning day of 80ish points profit to make it 3 winning days on the trot and amassing an incredible 117 points profit which equates to £1,170 for £10 a point and an incredible £11,700 for £100 a point.
Sunday 29th. REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT BELOW IN LAST WEEKS COLUMN.
Sign up for the Cambridgeshire meeting starting this Thursday as I love it and normally we have a great punting 3 days at my local track.
Read about the Cambridgeshire WINNER HERE next Sunday, until then be safe..
You can’t say that old Bellie Boy kept this 1 to himself and the hated phase comes to mind “I told you so.”
Thank you for the 18 new clients which had the foresight and trust to sign up last week and a pity a few jumped ship early doors, bet your gutted this morning, now I hope you put the 117 points winnings to good use and also sign up with me for the year.
Today seems rather like the day after the Lord Mayors show (rubbish) and is very hard to conjure the enthusiasm up to actually have a bet after such an amazing 3 days at Newmarket, but we must move on as time doesn’t wait for anybody.
Yesterday I was told by the team that they would win at Epsom today, so unless I get anything at a better price and stronger come through we shall be punting it today and looking forward to another successful weeks punting and another profitable month and climbing the BETFANS who’s who league table.
Nice little swipe yesterday Don it made me chuckle, Oh by the way Don tell Penny I like her new Brunette hair style, Oops hope it was Penny heheheh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stop sitting on your fences and join OUR army of ever growing bookie bashing clients NOW in time for the Casarewitch meeting on the 11th of October because I am confident that we have the winner of that as well.
BELLIE BOY YOU…
Until next Sunday be safe and enjoy this roller coaster ride and sit very tight, because 3 losing days is not the be all and end all as this week FIRMLY proved.
Andy Bell Racing