Andy Bell’s Racing Diary – Back To Normality.
Sunday 25th. Sorry about the poor effort for a Saturday column and even the Free tip got beat into 2nd again, all be it by a very good horse, RED SHERLOCK that the Pipes have got in their capable care, which is now unbeaten in 6 races.
Lord Howie’s build up in the battle of the tipsters of flying like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, was closer to flying like a turkey and there’s more sting in my next mornings vindaloo, as “The Fixer Owen” belies his odds and marches on into week 3 against another Lamb to the slaughter.
Personally, I have put a line through the Cheltenham trials, as a pointer to the festival, because I think there were a couple of suspect rides and a couple of freakish results. The jury is still out on BIG BUCKS, I can’t believe that young Sam, on his first ride on him, took it upon himself to ride from the front, I think he was riding to orders to give him a proper race and blow out.
Tony McCoy nicked us a place, but other than that it was a relatively quiet day on the betting front and personally I didn’t trouble the scorers. Sunday we will see some fireworks, so I was not unduly concerned.
Today, Sunday we are backing, very possibly the best jockey riding at the moment in the shape of RUBY WALSH.
THE FLY is an amazing price at 4/6 to win the Irish Champion hurdle as he has never been beaten, or even close to it at Leopardstown and I have 3 very large bets on it, also the other Willie Mullins charge also ridden by Ruby, is the ever improving SURE REEF and at 9/4, I also back this singularly and put them both in a double and advise via our email systems that all my clients do likewise.
One day back in Blighty and I’m struggling to ease my way back into things as the internal clock has not readjusted yet, as I am constantly hungry and gagging for the 6 o clock kick off cocktails.
HURRICANE FLY and RUBY are just perfect together after a very uneven pace, RUBY gives HURRICANE FLY a peach of a ride and THE FLY responds by trying his heart out after missing the last and wins going away.
Awesome is the only way I can describe RUBYS ride on SURE REEF, what other jockey would have the presence of mind and confidence to drop from 2nd to last place, so his mount wasn’t bashed up and could regroup to mount a challenge and then sweep round the outside to again win going away.
Personally, I have had a brilliant winning day, with 2 winning single bets and also a 14 point winning double completed with the added bonus of knowing all my clients have also done the same.
A great winning day for all of us in and around the Andy Bell camp and WE HAVE witnessed a jockey at the very top of his game and THE BEST in the business at the moment.
Monday 27th. One of the things I don’t associate The Grumbling Don with is whit and humour, but I did have to have a little chuckle at his column yesterday, I thought I was the Dons main protagonist, but it seems The Greyhound Master has stepped up to the plate somehow, maybe he’s pissed in the Dons Kennel and as for the rowing boat quip, as long as there’s internet (free), Kelly Brook is doing the rowing and his moaning self isn’t there, I’m game.
I told you all there would be fireworks yesterday and we have hit blighty running, with 2 winners and a really nice double and bashing the Greedy 1s and banging in another 25 points on to our January total putting us 3rd in the table with 60 points profit.
Our LATE BETTING service TIP was smashed up in the betting from 13/8 into 4/6 and we got mugged by a 10/1 unraced outsider. We have now had 11 bets this month with 6 winners and 5 seconds and are sitting 7th in the Betfan table, with a monthly profit of 37 points, not a bad LIVE start.
The weather is making things difficult at the moment, with many of the courses waterlogged and the going atrocious, but it shouldn’t affect us today at Southwell.
FUNKY COLD MEDINA hasn’t been with Peter Chapple-hyam long and it ran its best race last time out on its first run for him. With Jamie “Marmite” Spencer on board, at 9/2 this is a great ew bet and I advise all my clients to take the price because if the Newmarket dogs get to hear what I have it will go through the town like the Nurovirus on the ship and the price will go.
W SIX TIMES is really well fancied, although it’s out of the weights and it’s gone up 3lb for its last run. As always, the trainer is denying that today is the day, but I know this is going to be punted off the boards with the right money, although we have missed the early prices I advise tasking the 5/2.
I was hoping that my office would be complete on my return, well I suppose it is if you don’t mind getting to it by a ladder, the stairs haven’t moved since I set sail, which has pissed me off. Never mind, hopefully I wont need the use of the window cleaners friend, as I will be back on the tracks this week if the weather holds out as I have trip planned to Leicester Wednesday and Towcester Thursday. This will help kick on our late betting service even more as the information I receive whilst on track is invaluable and is a brilliant source of extra income.
I think we were terribly unfortunate on W SIX TIMES as it travelled into the race and took it up at the last like a dream on to be carried right across the course to be beaten by half a length at the line. I do unfortunately think the stewards had no choice but to leave the result as it was, as the horses didn’t touch, but I still think we were very unlucky and intimidated out of the race.
How wrong could I be, as I am watching the machine pre FUNKY COLD MEDINA race and he is drifting like a barge, its 6s,7s, 8s and I am shouting at the TV and ATTHERACES to finish these bastard adverts, so I can see if we have still got four legs, 9s and 10s, this is normally a remedy for disaster and I am wondering if I have been put away. God I hope all my punters did at least get me on at best odds guaranteed.
Jamie jumps out and is travelling well and coming round the bend he has just one in front, unfortunately it’s the man of the day, Joe Fanning and he stays there and completes his four timer, but we are a clear 2nd and return at an amazing SP of 8/1, so a small ew profit.
I can feel it in my water after hitting the Greedy 1s for a nice few quid on Sunday, with 2 singles and a double and so very nearly copping another very good pay day today, that we are on the verge of a biggy.
Tuesday 28th. I watched yesterdays races again this morning and my opinion hasn’t changed, I think we were very unfortunate not to have another good day.
Breakfast is booked early today with another resident BETFAN tipster “The Fixer” Owen and the local boy Tony “The Machine” at the local Greasy spoon cafe.
The fixer is crying into his mountain of scrambled eggs at his rotten luck this month, with a string of seconds and more than a few poor rides, but he is a shade more relaxed with his Battle Of The Tipsters form after dispatching with Lord Howie and making two on the trot, the Machine is more concerned about re ordering a roast of the day, as his full English wasn’t a good enough starter and little old me is content with my healthy-ish poached eggs on toast.
Home again and I have risked life and computer to get up to my office, as we have some exciting stuff today, The Machines head is probably spinning in Joes Corals at the moment because “The Fixer” and I had conflicting horses in the same race.
We have a three pronged attack on Southwell today, which begins in the very first with LUCTOR EMERGO, which is ridden by top apprentice Simon Walker and if this is a good as the stable are saying 13/2 is a fantastic ew price and Simon Walker is well up to the task, so I personally bet this via Peter and email this out as an ew single bet.
Dandy Nicholls uses Southwell as his training track, so when I am told they like one here, I really take notice and have more than a second glance. Today they really fancy TAKE THE LEAD, which is owned and runs in dandy’s own colours, which is trading at 9/4, so this also is emailed and bet by myself on betdaq.
The shortest of all three runs in the last, STUN GUN who ran and won very nicely last time. Jo Hughes pulls hers out, so we are looking at a shorter than ideal price of 13/8.
With our form looking and feeling really good at the moment, I decide to personally put these three in an ew Trixie, I also email out the same bet to all my clients. Our bit is now complete, now it’s up to the beasts themselves.
A trip to Newmarket now to pay a few debts or thank yous, also I want to meet two important racing contacts and pick up some badges for this years racing.
I watch our first race at one of the stables I am visiting and am lucky enough to be able to cheer Simon Walker and LUCTOR EMERGO home, to the delight of my host.
TAKE THE LEAD does exactly that and never sees another horse and bolts up at an incredible SP price of 7/2, best odds guaranteed wins again. Fantastic news we are already 50ish points in front for the day, with our last to run, which if he wins will add another 80 or 90 points to our already bagged 50 points. Scary shit and as I have over an hour to spare I have time to get home to watch it.
STUN GUN travels well coming round the top bend and George is sitting very quiet, more than I am as the old “aris” is starting to nip up, but as soon as asked he doesn’t find a great deal and at least George rides him out so we get a place.
Absolutely gutted, which is silly really, because if I was told at breakfast I would win 4k and all my clients would times their own stakes by over 60 times I would of been over the moon.
The dust has settled, on what has been an amazing winning day, which could of been soooooooooo much, much better, but hey forget that, I must focus on my 4k win and multiplying “YOUR” own preferred stakes by over 60 times, otherwise this game will send us round the twist.
Wednesday 29th. BOOM, BOOM. 67 points profit acquired yesterday, which has EASILY smashed us through the 100 points profit barrier for the second consecutive month, which is fantastic news for us and makes grim reading for the Greedy 1s AGAIN.
It’s funny how I could feel that we were getting close and that’s why I added the ew Trixie yesterday, oh I wish we had copped the third one for another 90ish points, but you know what they say, “You can wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which fills first”
As I’ve said before, it’s all about knowing when to up your stakes and when to sit tight.
Our brilliant end of month form may have been curtailed by the lack of racing today and my Leicester jaunt has obviously been cancelled and Tomorrows Towcester trip looks even money.
Today we have two very small ew bets at Kempton tonight, as I tell my members on their email, don’t get carried away with yesterday and keep these to a minimum. MUCKY MOLLY at 8/1 and the 5f specialist BISCIUTEER at 7/1 both ew.
Without the Leicester jolly jaunt today, the constant rain and late start to racing, it can only mean one thing in my book, as I am not one to be sitting around the house and creaming over this months winnings and I certainly don’t keep records, like some, in my opinion there’s no point in hours of needless bookwork, bank balances, holidays and your life style is enough to tell you if your a winner or not. so a pint is in order with the boys.
I don’t go to my normal watering hole, The Chequers, as I have been told by the Machine and Cabbage, that on my last pre Christmas visit a stewards inquiry is still on going and I need to go down there and sort it, all will be revealed, I promise.
Thursday 30th. Last night was a relatively quiet one, I am pleased to say, although The Great Alfonze was in great form, ok pissed, I couldn’t even entice him to the local Chinese restaurant, I must remember it was a Wednesday in the depths of January.
Our two each way bets do as good each ways do best, came 4th, so no big payday again yesterday.
Today I have a big word for LAYLAS HERO, which excites me as we had a 7/2 shot bolt up in our Fantastic Tuesday bet from the same source and stable. I lighten my very sexy looking Betdaq account and email this out.
STANTOU MAGIC is vastly down in grade and they are going to ride him with more restraint than last time, as he hated being out in front and at 9/2 this also looks a good bet, but ew.
Next week looks a very, very exciting week for all of us and hopefully, weather permitting, we will get off to a February flyer. We have a great bet lined up at Wetherby on Saturday, a really nice one at Musselburgh on Sunday and very possibly a MAXIMUM on Tuesday.
Unfortunately we couldn’t trouble the scorer’s again today with LAYLAS HERO missing the break and ran a furlong further round the wide outside and although the gallant weight carrying feat of STANTOU MAGIC was bold, he couldn’t quite get us a place and again finished 4th.
Friday 31st. No bets for us today, which is rather unusual at the moment. I am not the greatest fan of the Kempton AW bumper card, as a punting proposition anyway, because I fear that a lot of the trainers could just use this as a racecourse gallop to get their horses fit for whatever their future targets maybe.
Saturday 1st. In all another very satisfactory month January turned out to be, never being a minus points situation, making just OVER 100 points profit with over 28% ROI and an amazing 40% strike rate. That’s over 100 points profit in EACH of the last 2 months with November languishing with a poultry 80 points profit.
Our new service LATE CALL BETTING has also had a good month making nearly 23 points and hitting an amazing 53% winners (more than every other bet winning) and a very good 31% ROI, so maybe use this as a top up on top of the ANDY BELL site, as it’s different to the rest and it’s good.
Well done Lord Howie a cracking month, hats off to you old chap.
I think The Greyhound Master should change his name to The Jack Russell Master, as he keeps nipping away at us, never forget, “Sport Of The Kings” GG boys every Friday, which is great for all involved. Every body involved inside and outside BETFAN should read ALL the newsletter’s daily, even if some bore the pants of you and you need an IQ of over 200 and a masters degree in science to understand some.
Don’t you free loaders or non members forget, we don’t get paid for our newsletters, we do it purely out of love and dedication to our loved profession and BETFAN (can you believe me, ANDY BELL, just wrote that last piece of old bollocks. lol) well most of us anyway, some seem to be written on the back of a stamp (Note The Rock Holden) some weeks, which personally I’m not complaining about because Golf spoils a good walk.
Oh indecently, I am constantly being asked why I call Simon Holden “The Rock Holden” it’s not because he’s a hard bastard, it’s because if you broke him in half, he would have BETFAN written all the way through him, like a piece of seaside rock.
To end here’s today’s free tip
1:35 Wetherby – Sir Mangan – WIN Bet 11/8 (coral)
Back next Saturday.