Sunday 26th. Yesterday was warming up to be one of the the great days in racing history and I don’t mean the Greedy 1’s being more generous on AP’s final ride on BOX OFFICE than they were on his National ride SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR. They creamed it in with a ludicrous price in the National and no doubt they will again today.
Anyway I’m heading down to Sandown again today to make sure I’m part of whatever happens and to witness the retirement of the greatest Jockey of all time.
I’m riding shotgun to good old Magoo Chatterbox who will race me there in record time no doubt. I can’t remember last time Sandown was a complete sell out and as soon as we near the course you could be mistaken for thinking this is a mini Cheltenham.
I have emailed out five selections three here at Sandown one at Haydock and one at Ripon.
NORAB at 3/1 is trained by Marco Botti and is our first runner of the day at Ripon and trying two miles for the first time, as he hits the front at the furlong post I think great start, but he doesn’t stay and is just ran out of a place. Not the perfect start to the day but a long way to go yet. We now have a two hour wait until our next runners which both run in the Gold Cup at 3-50, PAINT THE CLOUDS ew at 10/1 and the good Doctors National runner ROYAL KNIGHT ew at 25/1. Firstly we have to see if AP can get the party going on the dodgy MR MOLE. Half way round I’m thinking just maybe, but after he’s headed three out his fate is sealed as he smashes through the penultimate fence and he plugs on and finishes third.
PAINT THE CLOUDS is smashed up in the betting and goes off at 13/2 leaving our early morning price of 10/1 looking huge. Well not just ours was shortened up the SP’s were again a disgrace, I want to show you why it’s useless betting on course nowadays and the Greedy 1’s have the gaul to complain, this is why it’s suicide and if you check this yourselves in the big races you will see it happens EVERY week.
BEST EARLY MORNING PRICE. SP
GRAND JESTURE 10/1. 8/1
LE REVE 10/1. 8/1
PAINT THE CLOUDS 10/1. 13/2 fav
BOBS WORTH 12/1. 10/1
UNIONISTE 14/1. 12/1
THE PACKAGE 14/1. 12/1
GUESS AGAIN 16/1. 12/1
VICS CANVAS 16/1. 12/1
JUST A PAR 18/1. 14/1
ALGERNON PAZHAM 25/1. 12/1
As you can see and I haven’t taken a random ten from the race it’s the FRONT TEN in the market and all HAVE markedly shortened, which I think tells a story, you must take early morning prices and if you do you also have a safety net if by chance one does drift you get best odds guaranteed, oh and first past the post and oh first five places, come on guys and gals talk with your pockets.
Three out I’m thinking Sam on PAINT THE CLOUDS is going best of all but we don’t quite get home and finishes fourth getting us a 10/1 place.
1st. JUST A PAR early morning price 18/1 sp 14/1
2nd. VICS CANVAS 16/1 sp 11/1
3rd. LE REVE. 10/1 sp 8/1
4th. PAINT THE CLOUDS. 10/1 sp 13/2
and if you were lucky enough as I only saw two offering five places on course.
5th. GUESS AGAIN. 16/1 sp 12/1
It’s now the monumental 4-25 and I’m hoping the aptly named BOX OFFICE can do the unthinkable, oh again by the way he was 9/2 early this morning and is now 11/4 and probably going to return 5/2 under the weight of money.
Just for one moment when AP pulls him off the rail and wide, I think hello, but he never really looks like winning after that in all honesty. How ironic Dicky, who has been second in the jockeys championship to AP fifteen times wins the race and oh you thought everybody’s money was on BOX OFFICE the winner BROTHER TED was 14/1 early doors and SP’s at 9/1 funny that Mmmmm.
AP parades in front of us and it’s absolutely marvellous even Dicky is in tears after winning the race because his great friend has now gone, no need for any of these posh superlatives or writers phases in my eyes they are just “proper, proper blokes.”
We now need to refocus on our next bet GENEROUS RANSOME ew at 5/1, unfortunately he just misses out on a place. Our day now depends on the very aptly named John Quinn runner FINAL COUNTDOWN who we have backed ew at 5/1. When the young apprentice Joe Doyle dives for the rail my heart is in my mouth as I’ve had a good bet on him, but thankfully the gap opens and we win very nicely at a very short 9/4 sp.
In summery an absolutely fabulous history making day out at the races made better by my punters and I winning a right nice few quid.
Sunday morning, A very nice winning day for us yesterday but have this early morning little thought which we all take for granted, AP who is probably now having his first Sunday morning fry up for twenty years and by god he has earned every sausage and bean of it.
Not much happening today or any great racing to tickle our fancies although I do have a couple to up, but nothing strong.
We record another two seconds today although WHERES TIGER was an ew bet so no harm done.
Monday 27th. Once again the racing is very poor, but I suppose we have the Guineas at Newmarket this weekend, next week the Chester festival and than the super duper Dante meeting. We will really be able to kick on from this weekend onwards as habitually May should be a very strong month for us.
Keith Dagleish sends his BEAUTIFUL STRANGER just down the road to Ayr today and at 13/2 I think he is a cracking ew bet, so I email him out and get Tom to punt him for me as well.
We also back one at Southwell but I don’t want to mention him anymore.
I am traveling up to Windsor this afternoon and keeping everything firmly crossed that the forecast rain doesn’t come, because if it does stay away we will be having a very strong bet on my LATE service.
The journey up to Windsor went much quicker than the donkey we backed at Southwell, he came out last and stayed there. I thought BEAUTIFUL STRANGER was very unlucky, with a run in my opinion he would of won although he did get us a place and our ew money with a flying finish when he did get out, another winner slipped through our fingers.
Just a little solace our donkey at Southwell was reported lame by SDS after the race, although it doesn’t pay any bills, it makes me feel a bit better and maybe I was a bit harsh on him.
The rain has missed us so I have a big bet and email out ARC LIGHTER at 15/8. All the owners are in the parade ring and heckle Robert Cooper because he doesn’t interview them pre race and they are convinced they are going to win. When I see ARC LIGHTER in the flesh I’m surprised he can even lift his head as he has every conceivable aid on and has been smashed up in the betting to 5/4. As George Baker brings him from the back round the field I think the betting has it right and we are on a winner, but the naughty boy keeps loads for himself and hangs and won’t go through with his challenge. You can understand why he has all the aids now and even they didn’t work the oracle and poor old us were on another very live one and have to settle for another clear second.
Tuesday 28th. It was a quiet journey home last night with BEAUTIFUL STRANGER being very unlucky and not winning and ARC LIGHTER not wanting to win.
The Mick Channon trained POTTERNELLO had a nice spin out at Newbury a couple of weeks ago and has reportedly come on tremendously since and is expected to go close today. Also on the same email I suggest an ew bet on HURRY HOME POPPA at 5/1 for all my ANDY BELL’s clients.
It’s the start of the great Punchestown festival today and that is one of the few racing events which is still on my bucket list, I think I will tick that box next year.
Just prior to me leaving home I get two come through which some people would love as its a name double, STORMBOUND at 2/1 and STORMLIGHTNING at 11/4, which I put on my LATE service and adding more fuel to the names fire SKY are the best prices.
I’m not sure but I think young Bishop bottled it on POTTERNELLO and didn’t take the gap up the rail when it appeared and than coasted in out of the places.
HURRY HOME POPPA did nick us a place and I really thought he was going to win at one stage, but once again we have to settle for a very small profit.
Our very aptly named pair on the LATE service showed us a small profit with STORMLIGHTNING winning at 11/4 and STORMBOUND finishing in the places with a third.
Wednesday 29th. Once again yesterday a couple of hard luck stories and a small losing day.
MR BOSSY BOOTS is being very well touted in Newmarket this morning and they are of the opinion that the extra furlong shouldn’t represent a problem, so at 11/4 he is the first out. I’ve had a look at Punchestown this morning and that is as far as it’s going to go as it looks impossible and anything could win the first three races with the later ones looking slightly easier.
Finally I add the 4/1 shot THATCHERITE who looks to be booked for a place at the very least.
That’s about it for the day well betting wise as I now have the unenviable job of going shopping for a new suit for a Maltese wedding at the end of May.
If MR BOSSY BOOTS had of been good enough he could of won no excuses today, he was well positioned and simply was beaten by a better horse trained by Olly Stevens LEAR SPEAR and I have been told he is being aimed at the ROYAL HUNT CUP.
Well the only good thing about today was I did actually find a really nice Boss suit in Hatters, note to myself don’t forget to take the Boss tag off my sleeve so I don’t look a prat like Simon Holden did last year at York lol lol.
Thursday 30th. I am having a day in town with the lads as it’s going to probably be my last chance for a while as I’m tied up all weekend at Newmarkets two day Guineas meeting than I leave for Chester on Tuesday and if I’m still in one piece its York’s Dante Three day meet the week after, when we should be showing some really decent profits as the racing is now top class.
Today is looking as if it’s going to be a real busy one and I am told we will have two or three across the water today which will fill some slots for the LATE SERVICE.
First up to my ANDY BELL’s clients its MAUREB at Redcar and at 4/1 he looks a cracking bet. My Keith Dagleish contact thinks that SIR LANCELOTT will run a big race at 10/3. Steve has been told that the Irish are going to be piling into the Ruby ridden PLEASANT COMPANY, so I advise taking the 4/1 on him and finally Phil Kirbys EPISODE’s work at home suggests he shouldn’t be a 7/1 shot so I advise backing him ew. Finally an ew double on PLEASANT COMPANY at 4/1 and SIR LANCELOTT at 10/3.
Poor old cheap and cheerful Weatherspoon’s will have to put up with our antics again today and hopefully once again greedy old Joe from across the road will pay for it, well hopefully because we have loads of ammunition to fire at him today, so its going to be a whole duck or a no dinner day.
just as I have donned my best holy designer jeans, the call I have been waiting for comes through. Paddy, well that’s what I’m calling him anyway has three for me all at his manor. So like a good little boy I back all three and email them out to my LATE service clients.
USA is first up as he runs in the 4-15 and I advise taking the 9/1 ew on offer, next is the unlucky Cheltenham runner QUANTITATIVEEASING who was carried out when cantering and finally the 9/1 shot WHITEOUT in the 7-15, I hope I can still focus by then to watch him.
We arrive in town just in time to bet and watch MAUREB, as usual the 4/1 is a thing of the past so I have a £150 win bet at 10/3, Paul does the same and true to form Tony the machine goes against us and tries to get us beat, the bad bastard. The Oi Oi’s start fully a furlong out and nearing the line they are rather more animated as we have The Machines fast finishing favourite PUSHINGMYPATIENCE, which he is closing with every stride, they flash past together but the shadows suggest we have just held on.
As we hear the result and are confirmed the winner I bet Tony Coyle could hear our cheers in Redcar as he was unsaddling.
Fantastic start to the day Paul and I are now a monkey a piece up in CASH, we could be very dangerous if things pan out nicely. The large G & T’s and white wine spitzers are going down very nicely and it’s soon time to reinvest on SIR LANCELOTT. Same price 10/3 we both have the same bets and how unfortunately were we not to be Oi Oi-ing again, I don’t know if it was a poor ride or unlucky, well whatever it was were not up that counter again.
Little time to reflect because we have our first runner at Punchestown, USA who we back ew at 9/1 for a couple of fiftys each, a thrilling race and we nick a place and a small profit. 15/8 looks huge next for QUANT so again our bets are mirrored and we have £200 win and take the 15/8.
Another thriller but this time after looking and trading like the winner we are nutted on the line. We now need to take stock as our £500 is quickly dwindling and we are about £200 up each. As I said earlier it’s whole duck or no dinner so we have our whole £200 ew on EPISODE at 7/1, OMG how close was that we lifted the roof off Corals as he hit the front a furlong out only to just run out of puff in the last 100 yards and finish second. Well another small profit.
PLEASANT COMPANY and Ruby are carrying all our profits ew at 4/1, so once again we’re both all in with our days profits of £291 ew at the 4’s. When Ruby loomed up two out I was thinking how far and so was all Corals because now we had a nice little school with us who were also betting our horses, dam and blast I think was commonly used as once again we didn’t quite last home, no harm done and one more race to go.
£582 PROFIT with the beer in the wit is out and I am breaking all my strict rules, but somehow it seems ok when your playing with their money. Do we bang it all on UN DE SCEAUX at 1/6, after a few yes’s and no’s we decide against it and instead put the £290 ew at 9/1 on our last runner in the 7-15 WHITEOUT, or is going to be WIPEOUT, drunk men do funny things just in case this goes tits up we have saved £2 so we can say we have made a profit on the day, pathetic lol.
Well you can imagine the scenes as we hit the front between the last two and this time he doesn’t run out of puff and this time I’m sure Willie Mullins could hear ALL of us this time. We have saved the best till last and won a cool £3,132 between us, so with our monies back we have creamed £3,712 from greedy Joe. Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles is the next hours pleasure and even more exciting both my services and clients have a fantastic winning day as well.
Friday 1st. I don’t know how the rest feel but I’m hanging like the proverbial bastard. What a day for us all, but it shows how easily things can go wrong or how good it is when they go right. Looking at things this morning how unlucky were my LATE SERVICE clients an ew trixie with a 9/1 winner a 15/8 beaten a head an a 9/1 ew, still a nice profit and even better as we backed them all singularly as well.
New month, new start and time to kick on because if I can’t make my monies in the next five months it’s likely to be a long cold winter.
Already the information is coming in thick and fast and my ANDY BELLs clients have already got three to back and again I’ve got two more coming from across the water later for my LATE service.
Today’s email consists of John Gosdens very talented little madam JOURNEY at 5/2. I also add two more from Musselburgh 3-25 ARTHURS SECRET at 11/4 and finally the short priced REGAL DAN in the 4-00.
Finally I suggest an ew Trixie on the three. Well if you rock up at Newmarket, Chester or York give me a buzz or Facebook me and we will meet up for a beer.
Until next week be good if not be careful.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing