Monday 23rd. Yesterday Jim Crowley went for a really daring run up the rail on my FREE tip on NASSAU STORM and it didn’t come off, but that is the nature of the beast at Lingfield. The money was certainly down as it halved in price from the advised 7/2 into a very strong 7/4.
Adversely my members bet, which was ironically in the same race, LOYALITY ridden with the percentages in mind, down the outside and although he was also held up at a crucial time, he did manage to get us a small ew profit, as he got 2nd at 8/1.
Although only a small winning day yesterday, I will take them all the time, as long as we are able to keep throwing in a few 20 pointer + ones into the mix like Saturdays.
No horse racing today, so I thought I would take a leaf out of the our very own BETFAN greyhound tipsters book “THE GMT” and diversify and have a dabble on his beloved doggies.
Good job I did, I got a nice little treble up and splashed out the proceeds on a slap up pie and mash and then treated the local nick to cream cakes. I didn’t realise how easy it was getting trebles up when writing columns, will have to try it more often. heheheh…
As we now have no racing for another 2 WHOLE days, as soon as I finish this mornings column update the computer is being turned off and not awoken till Boxing Day morning.
Tuesday 24th. I’m meeting the Great Alfonze at The Scole Inn (allegedly a favourite haunt of Dick Turpin) for our annual Christmas Shopping jaunt and as usual he is running late, so time for an 8am swift pint of Guinness.
We arrive at the park and ride and get into the city for 9-30am.
The mall is always a good starting point as you can quickly knock 4 or 5 presents off your list quite rapidly. The Fonz is in pissed off mood this morning and really not up for it, so I suggest a quick breakfast is in order, maybe that will put some much needed life back into the…
Breakfasts are fully consumed and a sweeping comment aimed at a portly lady’s well stacked plate stating he would rather feed her for a day than a week and once again the Great is back in the Alfonze.
The Mall is now scoured for our loved ones goodies, with much more vigour.
Unfortunately the lingua shop assistants have wised up nowadays and are not as gullible and forthcoming in puffing their assets when politely asked their size, as we think their the same as our lady’s.
The lists are getting gradually ticked off, but not without the odd stewards inquiry or two.
11am and our throats are like a camel drivers jock strap and after a quick directors meeting we are in the Murders Pub, which even by our wayward standards is early and rather concerning. At £8 a glass the Mulled wine is good and so it should be and after 4 each, walking down the avenue we are glowing as if we have just have the old Quaker Oats.
Shock horror!!! We are greeted by a not so smiley face in Debenhams and are quickly informed that Nora has retired and present wrapping is now not part of her job description, we are immediately put on the back foot and thinking what amount of Baileys could buy this red, round faced Debenhams jobsworth?? After the Great Alfonze has finished his impression of a man with Tourette’s, we have more chance of a snowball in hell.
Plan B, finish our shopping as quickly as possible and head back to the Scole Inn and hope we can find a willing soldier.
I will never think picking the Grand National winner is difficult again as my choice of possible wrappers consists of an ex Irish Tarmacker, a melon breasted barmaid, a drunken ex School Teacher, a bodyguard or a stroke victim.
4 pints of Guinness each later and it’s now become apparent that we will have to do it ourselves.
After a fashion and keeping the Fonzs shovel like hands well away the job is a goodun.
Parcels perfectly placed around the tree and time to chill before the bigun tomorrow.
Wednesday 25th. Hopefully I don’t need to tell you about my day as we are all enjoying and doing the same.
Thursday 26th. I really appreciated all my messages of thanks and Christmas wishes…
Thank you everyone.
Yuk, 3 days of total overload and mental meltdown over and done, with only the biggest family and friends party at mine today to contend with.
I am very surprised that on this huge days racing the first phone call I get is from Fred at Newmarket telling me that all the faces are getting on ODIN in the 4-15 at Wolverhampton. I have no hesitation in putting this immediately out on my clients e mails and advising them to take 11/2 ew and also telling them not to worry about the fact that it’s not a one of the big meetings as a Wolverhampton winner buys as many groceries as Kempton King George winner.
Amazingly my next bet is also out of Newmarket as I am told to back DUBAI PRINCE in the 1st at Kempton.
Biggles Steve is all over CLOUDY TOO and he is told it’s expected to run a huge race at Wetherby today and the 3/1 looks a cracking price.
Finally the Irish Hunter Chase boys are really up about the chances of TAMMYS HILL beating last years top Hunter SALSIFY, so I have to put this up as well.
4 bets on the day and it all of a sudden seems as if we’ve never been away.
With regards to the King George I private message all my clients that I think the ground has gone for DYNASTY and that I don’t think CUE CARD will win, bold calls I know, but we have to be here to be shot at.
Not the perfect start as the Cheltenham bound DUBAI PRINCE is shockingly disappointing and is eventually pulled up. When TAMMYS HILL beats Salsify all is still not well because ON THE FRINGE beats them both. The house seems more like a wake than a Boxing day and surely all my clients are now boxing up their gifts ready for the pawn shop.
Phew, keep faith O great ones as CLOUDY TOO bolts up and all of a sudden we are nicely in profit and the Boxing day joviality’s can now begin with ODIN still to run at Wolverhampton.
Although we have no business done in the King George, I have made two very bold or stupid calls and even the turkey has to take 2nd place as all eyes are on DYNASTY and CUE CARD.
DYNASTY never looks like troubling the scorers in all honesty, but the sprouts suddenly seem a tad hard as CUE CARD has not read the script AGAIN is jumping for fun and pulling double.
How did CUE CARD get home last time over an extended 3 miles at Haydock still seems a mystery as he emptied out very quickly again today and is beaten into a distant 2nd.
“Georgie, Georgie Baker” rides a gem of a race on ODIN and all of a sudden the pawn shops are putting up the shutters, my fridge is once again emptied of booze and I have called the King George correctly and WE have thrown another 20 points profit into the bin making December another ever growing bookie bashing month with around 60 points profit.
Hilts is on his normal soap box and boring the pants of who is ever in earshot, when The Fonz isn’t snoring he is as funny as ever, My Father is his normal cool self, but his face the colour of the rising sun tells the whisky story, Sharon does her weeble impression on the stairs and fails miserably as she lays in a heap at the bottom, Geoffrey “Z.Z top” the gardener is, well just out of it, My granddaughters father, Oliver is fastly closing in on his 2nd Huuuuuu-bert toilet run, Naughty Aunty Steph is teaching 2yo granddaughter Layla to do all things naughty, Daughter Lauren is on the verge of drowning Oliver in his own sick and me I am just Mr Sensible lol…
I know booze filled Peter Pans and fireworks don’t and shouldn’t ever be mixed but god it was fun for 20 minutes and the perfect ending to another perfect day.
Friday 27th. Even 3 days of being Oliver Twist couldn’t stop us making over 20 points profit yesterday and once again going to the top of the BETFAN Christmas Tree (personally, I would rather be known as a star than a fairy).
It seems rather like a bomb site this morning in Jafeica House, as we have bodies, bottles crap and shit (not literally) everywhere. don’t know about a bin liner a skip is more in order.
I do my little bit and leave the rest to the slowly moving remainder and quickly put my BETFAN hat on and hide behind my laptop. The Great Alfonze is last to emerge from wherever he fell looking like I feel and luckily goes quickly and Oliver looking 2 stone lighter takes the young family home.
Our big Hunter Chase is all off as the weather has scuppered our chances as the going is heavy at Limerick or as I am told heavy to boggy. There will be another big day for this horse, when the ground is good to soft.
Biggles Steve, as I am, is a great fan of the Dr Newland operation and somehow he seems to get absolutely cracking information from somewhere, is wondering what I have ACT OF KALANISI tissued up as, 11/8, we are amazed that he is trading at 15/8, so on what started as a very disappointing day is now looking very much brighter. I pass on that ACT OF KALANISI is going to attempt to make all and I make sure all my BETFAN boys and girls get on and back this myself at 15/8ish on Betfair and with Smudger.
Simon Holden calls to inquire to my whereabouts, as I apparently told him I would see him at Wetherby today, I quickly inform him that he has more chance of seeing the pope there today than me and suggests he invites the budding horse enthusiast The BETFAN Greyhound Master Tipster as he wants to be in our exclusive GG gang.
Oi Oi ACT OF KALANISI does exactly what it says on the tin and leads all the way just like he was told and bolts in for us and gives the Greedy 1s another Christmas bashing from the BETFAN boys and girls to forget.
Another cracking winning day and hopefully extending our lead at the top of the tree.
Saturday 28th. This is our first Saturday column and what a way to start not only a great days racing but leading the way in the December tipsters table with nearly 70 points profit.
I have quite “an act” to follow, The Grumbling Don, as he has been doing the Saturday column for what seems like ever and he has actually been banging in some very nice Saturday winners, but he and BETFAN kindly agreed to change things because of my busy Sunday morning church schedule, not as some of you believe the better racing. (would I lie to you, I’m a doctor, lol).
It was an awful shame to see SPRINTER SACRE pulled up yesterday as we all want and need superstars in this game and on the after race interviews what an absolute perfect gentleman and ambassador for the sport his trainer is Nicky Henderson.
It’s Coral Welsh National day today and the what ever wins will need to get about 5 miles in heavy going, I just have a inkling they may doll off a couple of fences to ease the situation a bit.
For today’s free tip we are going to Leopardstown in the 2-55 the Lexus Chase No 10 UNIONISTE at 5/1 (Lads) ew this is a spanking ew bet because this will not be out of the 3 and is expected to go very close.
The Coral Welsh National looks absolutely wide open and personally I am having a small ew bet on No 11 HAWKES POINT 12/1 First 5 places.
On a serious note lets hope we can do the Don justice here on Saturdays and continue his good work and until next Saturday have a very happy and safe New Years eve.
Thanks to all my loyal and trusting members for what has been a spanking 2013 and thanks to BETFAN for bringing us together and mixed with the serious stuff of making money, we have also had lots of fun and games on the way.
Until 2014 be good and safe and raise one to:
Here’s to the girl upon the hill, if she doesn’t her sister will, Here’s to her sister. Cheers.
Back next Saturday.
Andy Bell Racing