FORM IS TEMPORARY, CLASS IS PERMANENT.
Sunday 19th. It looked a typical difficult Saturdays racing and the adverse weather certainly hasn’t helped matters. Wanting to steer well clear of the more favored horses I was glad when one of my best contacts came on with a lively outsider. SHEIKZAYDROAD was trading at 33/1 and with huge negatives floating around for the favourite I thought we had an opportunity of nicking a place.
Steve and all the connections of the Paul Nicholls trained VIVALDI COLLONGES were convinced that today is the day that this French import wins his first race over hurdles. He was trading at 13/8 so I also emailed him out.
Finally I really like the look of ULZANAS RAID at 8/1 ew, he had won his last two races, but still looked on a very winnable mark.
I don’t know why, but I had agreed to be Keith Chatterbox’s co pilot again today as we roared up to Ascot in the outside lane all the way as if we were on rails. Thank goodness for mobile phones as it kept my mind off things for a while. As we arrived it was very chilly and the ground looked absolutely bottomless. I don’t know why people are campaigning for this meet to be brought forward a few weeks, because in my opinion they don’t have a cats in hells chance as it’s all about money and revenue. The Ascot hierarchy has said they are concerned that their meet may take the vast majority of the crowds and be detrimental to the other courses attendances, that’s rubbish the shoe may just be on the other foot and the other courses may be detrimental to the Ascot crowd, as on this particular day they are only competing with two flat tracks Catterick and Wolverhampton, not much competition is it.
SHEIKZAYDROAD was in danger of going out of the side of the huge Ascot screen and when he fully came back into view, he was under the pump and going nowhere, the negatives were spot on with regards to the Frenchman as she is always struggling. SHIEKZAYDROAD did run on as we expected but far two late and was passing beaten horses. He was best placed at the line, a tricky one does he want a stronger pace or a bit further.
VIVALDI COLLONGES looked the most likely winner all the way round, getting a perfect ride keeping him away from the rail he hates, jumping the last for all intense purposes he looks home and hosed as he goes a length clear of the dodgy stayer of John Jo’s, trading at 1.01 (1-100) he leads everywhere apart from where it matters, I am gobsmacked he gets mugged on the line and totally lost for words, trust me that doesn’t happen very often.
ULZANAS RAID jumps the last and is challenged up the hill, surely it can’t happen to us twice in one day and luckily ULZANAS RAID battles all the way to the line and wins at a very nice 8/1 for us.
On what looked a very difficult days racing we have finished with a very nice 15 point profit and it was so nearly much more.
Sunday morning. Our 8/1 winner yesterday ULZANAS RAID has kicked us up the table and put us over 50 points profit for the month, maybe we can kick on now.
My Sunday morning campanology was far more interesting this morning than the racing looks today and our interest is going to be kept to a minimum and all we do is a small ew double on ZULU OSCAR and FIX IT RIGHT.
After four days on the road this week, I think it prudent to spend some of this weeks winnings and treat the family to a Sunday lunch at the local.
My mobile bill is not greatly increased as I listen to the OSCAR race and it lasts all of 20 seconds as he falls with our chances of a winning day at the first. That’s my days racing over now I can settle down and enjoy the afternoon with my family in the pub.
Monday 20th. It’s a day at Pontefract and I have absolutely no intentions of traveling up there. My new contact and I have a very big view in the first race there and we have decided to have a swing at it and see if we can cop a right nice few quid.
CYMRO is fully expected to make the running as he did last time and could well nick it. DARK WAVE has to be ridden from the back and if Graham Lee gets his fractions correct he is the most likely danger. DARK WAVE is trading at 7/1 so I get Smudger, Keith and Chatterbox to back him ew for me, I do exactly the same bet with CYMRO at 13/2 and pile in with a big reverse forecast. I advise all my ANDY BELLs punters to do the same and explain my reasons why in my daily email.
We have some big meetings coming up starting with Newmarket on Wednesday, Doncaster, Friday and Saturday, where the the racing post trophy is ran and also Saturday we have the Persham War hurdle at Chepstow.
The first race is under way at Pontefract and just as we expected Tom Dascombes CYMRO got an early lead and Graham Lee settled DARK WAVE at the back, coming into the final furlong CYMRO started to tread water and thankfully Graham Lee and DARK WAVE were perfectly placed to take it up in the final furlong and win going away, a quick glance back and CYMRO holds on for second. Oi Oi we have not only backed the winner at 7/1 ew we have backed the second ew at 13/2 and the icing is firmly put on the cake is we have the forecast twice which pays 28.23.
A fantastic 81 points netted, which will take us way over the magic 100 points profit for the month so far. I even got a nice Facebook comment from the now not so feisty Fiona, thank you.
Tuesday 21st. With our fabulous 81 point coup yesterday, we are once again sitting pretty at the top of the BETFAN tree with over 120 points for the month. I did say it was time to kick on and kick on we have.
It is going to be very difficult to match yesterdays winnings and I doubt we can. COMPTON MILL has a nice gentle introduction when running on strongly to finish fourth. William Buick takes the ride today, although he is trading very short I bet and also email him out.
SECRET GLANCE is 11/4 second favourite and I take him to turn over the favourite. Finally FUZZY LOGIC will probably try and lead and make this a real test and at 16/1 he warrants a small ew investment.
I am going to Newmarket tomorrow and booking in the Heathcourt Hotel, because I want to watch a gallop Thursday morning, which hopefully will be beneficial to us next week.
COMPTON MILL is first up and has been backed into a very short price. By choice or not I don’t know, but Buick misses the break and is always out of his ground and to my eye he is very soft on him after his winning chance had gone, so maybe a handicap mark is now the route that will be taken, so I wouldn’t rush to back him next time out.
SECRET GLANCE is backed into favouritism and looks as if he has come to win his race, but is just out battled and loses by a head.
FUZZY LOGIC does in fact attempt to lead, only to fade away very tamely and never looks like troubling the scorers. Today we are quickly brought back down to earth after our marvelous winning day yesterday with three losers.
Wednesday 22nd. I am leaving at 11ish to head into Newmarket today and meeting Mr Sober October Simon Holden himself! hopefully I can palm him off with the man from George the old Grumbling Don and they can bore themselves into oblivion and I will be far away and not be driven to wanting to jump off the top of the stand. Anyway to more joyous things I think I have found us a very nice winner in the second.
DARK KINGDOM of Ed Walkers has only been allotted 72 on his handicap debut and I think this could be a lenient mark. When he won last time out his time was very good and at 7/2 I get my bettors to punt him ew for me and email out to ANDY BELLs clients advising to do likewise.
Greed then gets the better of me as this looks easy money, a nice little win double on MILES TO MEMPHIS and DEPUTY DAN both at odds on pays roughly 2/1. Finally HAWKSBURY won like a horse going places and his second last time was very impressive, this flashy grey has only got the John Gosden winning debutant to beat.
MILES TO MEMPHIS bolts in and gets our day and double off to a great start. Things get even better as DARK KINGDOM is backed from our early 7/2 into 15/8 and never looks like losing when George Baker brings him through for an easy win. Unfortunately DEPUTY DAN can’t quite get there and finishes second and once again Buick rides a rather weird race trying to hold the mad pulling HAWKSBURY up, why not take a chance and let him go, because it was plainly obvious that there was no way he could win using his energy up the way he was, so nothing to lose, we post another second.
We scrape a small profit on the day, but when we are over 120 points in profit that’s all we need.
I get a lift off Keith Chatterbox from the course to my hotel the Heathcourt and even he can’t scare the pants off me in that short distance, I hope.
A night out in Newmarket looms and I have Sober October with me, who is in the foulest of moods as the Grumbling Don and him had words about something, I’m not sure and don’t give a flying, probably about who’s false teeth are the whitest.
We start in the Bull which is in the high street and thankfully Sober and his orange juice sit down to watch the football and leaves me to talk to the lovely looking long blonde haired girl behind the bar, with the added bonus, I find out she rides out for the boys in blue, a cracking excuse to get her number. This is how bad October has got at the moment, a stunning dark haired girl walks to the bar and he doesn’t even notice, as I have had a cracking day I offer to buy her a drink and with a flutter she says thank you, but I was getting a bottle of bubbly for my friend and I , hehehe too late to back out now Bellie Boy, so with a smile I say that’s fine and do the gentlemanly thing, ice bucket as well I hasten to add. A less than happy Grumbling enters, not even buying a drink, which is nothing out of the norm, he heads straight for Octobers table, obviously some unfinished business, I am now torn I have a stunning dark haired girl and pal with a bottle of bubbles I have just copped and two fuming colleagues or ex colleagues on adjacent tables, I am torn, it’s a no brainier I drink up and tell Sober October I’m off to the Kings Club.
As sober is a non runner, I knew he would be the night finishes relatively early and with a kebab under my arm I head back to the hotel, as I have to be up at 5ish to head up to the gallops in the morning.
Thursday 23rd. A stunning morning and if you have never been on the gallops early morning. Even not knowing anything about who’s who what’s what it’s just a marvellous spectacle and is an experience any race goer or even horse lover must enjoy at least once, it even had Sober October smiling.
I decide not to go for breakfast in Newmarket and meet my contacts, as we are all very protective over our information sources and I will have dear old Sober all ears and views.
We are still well ahead and holding the No 1 spot this morning, although I don’t have great hopes of extending our lead with what’s on offer today.
We are doing a BETFAN TV recording in my boys room this morning, let’s see if Sober lets me get a word in.
Recording all done and I think it went well, I wish my non eating daughter was a size 6 and not an 8 as we could hear her squeezing and clambering over the stair rail behind Mummy the cameraman, maybe it took the thunder away from sober for a second or two hehehe.
Anyway it’s worth a watch as I have put up a 33/1 shot to have a few quid on ew before he runs in a couple of weeks, curtsy of a great new contact I have made.
I decide to try my luck with another RFC today after Mondays super win and cover with a win bet on JAJA DE JAU and an ew bet on READY TOKEN.
With my emails done on a poor days racing, it always happens just before or after a big meet, rather like the lull before the storm.
We don’t trouble the scorers today, but I do think Denis O Regan could of been a bit more positive on JAJA DE JAU, maybe it’s my pocket talking.
With my hotel booked it’s time to pack for my two day stint at Doncaster.
Friday 24th. I wake this morning with full intentions of getting the train to Doncaster, but after a very excited Steve calls I decide to alter my plans and drive to Fakenham and then up to Doncaster after racing.
The reason for my radical change in plans is because I am going to have a swing at two horses who both run at Fakenham on Steve’s or his connections say so.
I bet DE FAITISDREAM heavily ew at 9/2, because his winning time at Ffos Las was very good, he will love the conditions and will be sent to the front. MIDNIGHT CHARMER won this race last year and has been readied for it again today. Paul Henderson who has a habit of improving horses has the early morning favourite and on closer inspection it’s last time out win isn’t an improvement as it was a very poor race and he is a false favourite in my book, so I also have a good bet on MIDNIGHT CHARMER. With both my selections emailed out I have an extra couple of hours to spare as Fakenham is a lot closer to me than Doncaster.
On arrival at Fakenham I bump into an usually smiling sober October Holden and our new recruit the Colonel. To our dismay the Colonel and I have a selection in the same race, me DE FAITSDREAM ew and his, our last time out winner GERMANY CALLING.
I quickly find out why Sober October is all smiles, as he wants to bum a lift with me back to Doncaster after racing. The Colonel is also here and it was just like a school reunion, with me and my two teachers. We pose for a photo just to prove the fact which can be viewed on my Facebook page andybellracing.
Nearly another perfect day, but unfortunately DE FAITSDREAM just gets caught after the last and finishes a clear second, so a small ew profit at the advised 9/2 and MIDNIGHT CHARMER bolts up, so in all well worth a reroute as we have won a right nice few quid and all my clients have had another good winning day.
Saturday 25th. Straight to the hotel last night and I planted myself in my room and my only company was a bottle of wine and a delivered Chinese, a perfect chill before a big day.
We have got a busy day ahead of us and at time of writing this I have already laid out £1,100 in various singles, doubles and an ew trixie with Smudger before he goes off golfing.
I have the choice of four horses to pick from for my free tip today and I hope I select better than I did last week, as I put two up out of three and the third was my only winner at 8/1, hey ho if you were a member at least you got the 8/1 winner didn’t you.
If you’re at Donny today give me a shout, or at Newmarket next Friday or Saturday.
Today’s free tip. 3-15 Doncaster STEPS 14-1 ew
This week Winston asked me if I minded using this quote;
“When I hear a man say that his childhood was the happiest time of his life, I think goodness my friend, you have had a pretty poor life.” – Winston S. Churchill
Well until next week keep smiling, only get in a muddle if you can get out of it and NEVER NEVER NEVER give up.
Back next Saturday.