Sunday 5th. I left York early yesterday morning to head homewards and meet the local boys at HQ. The boys in blue were very sweet on their VERY SPECIAL in the first at Newmarket and the French were very bullish about taking the Sun Chariot pot back across the water. Personally I got my bettors to punt both of these and I emailed them out to my ANDY BELL clients.
As I arrived at Newmarket the weather was pretty dismal and things didn’t get any better as VERY SPECIAL evidently didn’t handle the undulations and lost his balance in the dip only to run on again and finish a close up third, this very green youngster will win good races.
The boys were in full swing, having half filled their tanks in the poshy Bedford Lodge, that’s when you want to be a fly on the wall. I did hear a very funny story that emanated from there, apparently after three kitty rounds at a score each, the notoriously tight or careful accountant, who was amongst the group, complained he wasn’t having his share, as him and his 1970s tweed jacket disappeared grumbling to the little boys room, whilst there, Paul Cabbage decided it was time for a wind up and a good idea to tell the rest of the crew, that this 1970s tweed jacket used to be his 90 year old Dads and he had asked Paul to take it to the charity shop. Mr careful returned to over the glasses stares and sniggers into the pints, with absolutely no idea what had taken place in his absence. Thinking the sniggers and the behind papers chatting was due to his carefulness, he once again coughed up his score, with still no idea.
After the first three favourites had obliged the crew is flying and it slips under the radar that I have tipped them up the French trained FINTRY, that is no match for Sir Michael’s INTEGRAL. I redeem myself slightly by advising ALOFT, no rocket science I know and by the time INYORDREAMS wins at 20/1 most are past worrying.
I decline the invite of a free bus trip home as this is going to real messy I think coupled with a busy day looming tomorrow with the Arc.
Sunday Morning and I am thankful I decided to head home after a busy few days away as today’s racing looks fantastic.
TARFASHA has been dropped in trip, after her good second in our Oaks to TAGROODA and she looks a cracking ew bet at 5/1. I also have a very strong word for the unbeaten ECTOT, who is trading at 7/1. I email both these out as ew bets and an ew double.
Although the ex Barney Curley trained AGAPANTHUS is trading slightly odds on, after her last all the way victory i just cant resist putting her up as a maximum win bet.
The LATE service has once again hit the ground running and is nicely in profit, Steve has a huge late word for the Anthony Honeyball trained CHILL FACTOR. I have no problem putting up this 5yo gelding at 9/4, as he won us a nice few quid last time he ran and won. Although LYSINO is not the most of trustworthy horses, I think he can win this ordinary looking race at Huntingdon, I advise win bets on both and a win double.
I have no plans to go racing until the end of the week, when I shall be traveling up to York Friday and then I will decide whether to stay or head homewards for Saturdays Newmarket Cesearwitch.
As TARFASHA hits the front I think we have made the perfect start to the day and when she is mugged by her stable mate for a place I am in shock. Although TREVE was incredible, what ever happened to the strong pulling ECTOT, who was never sighted. My mood is soon lifted by a great front running ride by Rachel as CHILL FACTOR wins and gives us a 9/4 winner, with a bit in hand and looks as if there is still plenty more to come.
LYSINO and young Twiston Davies are twenty lengths clear, with three to jump and I am thinking the LATE SERVICE has had two nice winners and a cracking double. The rest is history as he folds up tamely and finishes second.
Directly afterwards I do question the ride on LYSINO, as I think it was rather bold, to say the least.
AGAPANTHAS finishes off a very up and down day with a very cosy win, which helps to pay for our French flops.
Monday 6th. To a certain degree I have to retract any criticism I may have hinted at towards the ride on LYSINO, as this morning I have found out that it was the plan, as the horse has no heart and when anything comes to him he chucks it in, so one to avoid in the future.
Todays racing looks absolutely the pits and after my only advice and bet GO ODEE GO, who trades at 1/10 in running and gets mugged on the line by a 7/1 shot my mind doesn’t change one iota.
Tuesday 7th. I think these weather patterns are going to cause some major punting problems, if they do actually come to fruition. Unfortunately todays racing looks much the same as yesterdays, pretty poor.
KONARU runs at Brighton and he is fancied to run better than his recent form has suggested. The going is good in the papers, but I do call the course for an update, I’m told it’s good to soft, which doesn’t concern me unduly because KONARU will run on soft and we are the first race. I have emailed him out as a win bet and as soon as they head down to the start, I know our chances are gone. He runs like a drain and is never at the races. Somehow again another course has got the going wrong, without a shadow of doubt it’s heavy, the time suggests it, but it still takes them an incredibly long time to officially change it.
The LATE SERVICE has two bets which I have emailed out and punted. Our first is also scuppered by the going, NAM HAI who we have bet at 13/2 ew is totally bogged down and finishes sixth. Well at least I can’t blame the going for our last chance of a winning day as SHINING GLITTER runs tonight at Kempton, we have taken the 6/4 on this second favourite.
I have had a look at Saturdays Cesarewitch this afternoon and if you can remember I had a moan about Jim Crowleys less than ideal ride on RAY WARD at Newmarket last time, when we backed him and if the ground doesn’t soften to much, I think he has a great ew chance at 16/1.
Young Cam Hardy rides a really mature and professional race to win on SHINING GLITTER and what an sp of 2/1, best odds guaranteed wins again.
Wednesday 8th. I like racing at Nottingham as the track is very fair and a good learning place, also a lot of the Newmarket trainers agree and take some of their very promising youngsters there.
Today I have some very strong information that I have bet and have emailed out. POLAR VORTEX at 11/2 has been really pleasing connections at home and is expected to go well and get a place. The Luca Cumani trained KING BOLETE has come on bundles since his unfancied 20/1 debut run at Leicester and is a cracking ew bet to nothing at 5/1 and finally from Newmarket, I have heard that the Noseda stable really fancy BLACK GRANITE to make it a three timer and at 2/1 he is mine and all my ANDY BELLs clients final selection and bet of the day.
On arrival at Nottingham we are greeted with a monsoon and I don’t care what the clerk calls the ground as in my book it’s going to ride heavy. I am absolutely astounded as going into the first race the official going is “good, “the only good thing in this going report description is for the greedy 1s. After the first race they do decide to change the going to soft. Dane O’Neil (finished 3rd) and Martin Harley (finished 2nd) said it was heavy. Why not listen, you have all the general public and trainers there now and still some of these clerks and their sticks try and deceive the general racing public with constant incorrect going descriptions, as we KNOW the going can beat any horse. What chance has the poor working man got when doing his form during his morning breaks and lunchtimes.
POLAR VORTEX stumbled his chance away just after the start and lost his position, he did run on after that but all chance of winning had gone and we were still very unlucky not to nick a place and finished fourth. The Cumani camp were worried about the heavy ground pre race for our next selection, KING BOLETE, but his class showed through and he got up on the line to give us a very nice 5/1 winner at a very well backed 11/4.
The gamble on BLACK GRANITE was not to be compromised by the ground, thankfully and he was pulled out. A good winning day for us and a nice twelve point profit.
Thursday 9th. I have to give myself a quick nip and Steve thinks I’ve lost the plot when I tell him that I have a good word for the Kevin Tork trained JUNE FRENCH, although this is a 24 race maiden I am told she is expected to go well after he most promising recent run.
My final and by far my best bet is Charlie Longsdens MASTERPLAN who won very nicely last time out and has been eating up the gallops at home.
It’s up, up and away again tomorrow morning as I leave on the 8-15am for Yorks racing on Friday and at this precise moment I’m not sure whether I am heading back to Newmarket or staying at York for Saturdays meeting.
Before I do a Grumbling Don and moan about the jockey, if you pays your money in an apprentices race you takes your chance, but I do think the jockey got knackered before the horse and he sauntered in an annoying fourth.
To my eye MASTERPLAN looked beaten two out until Noel Fehily found more and he actually won with a little in hand.
Another nice winning day for us and it’s nice to be coming into a big meeting in form.
Friday 10th. I just manage to catch the 8-15am train and there is no chance of getting my work started early as this is obviously the school train as it’s chockablock with kiddies. It only lasts two stops and I am able to sneak onto a table and attempt to sort the days winners.
I have been waiting for ECCLESTON to run again after we backed him last time when he was a very unlucky fourth. He has a good draw and perfect ground today so no excuses and I email him out as an ew bet at 6/1.
I am then told that Donald McCains NAFAATH is expect end to go very close today, although he is trading at 7/2 I back and also advise an ew bet, as we have already been caught out by an apprentices ride once this week. Although ABBEYGREY is very short and trading at 11/10 I think he is a good price at that and have my biggest bet of the day on him and also advise likewise.
Manchester Pete is meeting me at the station and joining me for the two days. York town centre is at a standstill due to an accident so I walk to our flat.
From my very astute Charlie Longsden contact I am told that, barring accidents, DROP OUT JOE is fully expected to win, so I email him out as a maximum win bet on my LATE service.
Pete and I head straight upstairs into the owners and trainers bar to see who we can meet and what we can hopefully learn. We meet a couple of the Shrewd Tipsters compatriots Steve and Tim and I think it’s easier picking a winner than understanding them.
ECCLESTONS fate is sealed as he misses the beat and never troubles the leaders and trails in near the back, so not the ideal start.
Thank goodness I decided to air on the side of caution as NAFAATH finishes second and returns us a small loss.
DROP OUT JOE jumps like a stag and the result is never in a moments doubt, as he absolutely bolts in with his head firmly in his chest and gives THE LATE service a maximum winning bet.
Mine and all my ANDY BELLS clients day now revolves around ABBEYGREY and three out I very nearly walk away gutted. Amazingly he picks up and wins going away to gives us our third winning day on the trot.
Both my services have had winning days, so I can now relax and have a few beers with the two jolly Jocks. The afternoon finishes with a couple of greedy 1s satchel busters and we head back to our flat for a quick change. Missoula is our first point of call and the way things are warming up I can’t see us moving far. The Jolly jocks are in fine form and we do manage to push them bar wards a couple of times, Pete is beginning to flag, so it’s time for eats, so we head to the Red Chilli Chinese restaurant. A great meal great company, nice wine and a winning day all round, what more can one ask for.
Saturday 11th. Up with the larks this morning as we have a very busy day ahead of us and there is certainly no sitting on our laurels. The LATE SERVICE is nicely in profit with over 45 points and sitting near the top of the table. ANDY BELLs clients have just enjoyed the last three winning days, after a slow start and are coming to the boil nicely.
On Tuesday I said I liked the chances of RAY WARD today in the big one, but once again the draw has been very unkind to us and I have left him alone, although he will still run his race, but being drawn that wide is far from ideal and makes his chances even more difficult.
I did have a snigger at dear old Lord Jack the hat Howie’s comments on Wednesday, if any gang warfare is to take place can you please put a pigs head on my Range Rover rather than a horses, as we love horses don’t we Sir.
Today’s free tip. 5-20 York ULTIMATE ACT ew 16/1 (sportingbet)
Until next week, NEVER ,NEVER, never stop smiling and enjoying life.
Back next Saturday.