Sunday 28th. Saturday my day was revolving around CORNROW in the Cambridgeshire, although as I said on my days email I was very concerned with regards to the high draw.
TIGGY WIGGY is a class act, but I am left wondering whether she will get up the Newmarket hill after such a long and hard season and when I hear that HIGH CELEBRITY is possibly the best filly that Andre Fabre has trained I decide the sensible bet is to HIGH CELEBRITY ew and to also include her and TIGGY WIGGY in a reverse forecast.
Also on the days email is ROSALIE BONHEUR ew at 9/2 and HIGH CHURCH ew at 5/1 in the last.
Pete and I stayed in the Heathcourt hotel Friday night and we had the treat or threat of The Great Alfonze joining us today. Just before we leave for the track in a huff and a puff good old red face arrives. When he sees my eyes he knew it was a good one last night and fears the worst for today.
I have got to just pop the last two pieces in the days jigsaw and email out MY NAME IS RIO ew at 5/1 and JACKS REVENGE also ew at 15/2 to the LATE BETTING service.
All my bets and services are complete, so we can have a relaxing day at the races, well as relaxing as you can with The Great Alfonze in tow.
ROSALIE BONHEUR looks great in the paddock and looks ready to take this step up in class in her step. When she hits the front, I think Oi Oi a fantastic start, just for a moment, I think that HAWKIN is going to pass her, but she sticks out her pretty white face to get our day off to the perfect start. Dangerously I order an early bottle of wine, that doesn’t go unnoticed by “old red face” as he moans, “I can see where this is going.” Pete has also had a win with £100 ew downstairs with John Christie and the same with Gerry at Wharton Slaney.
One whole year (2008) I can remember I couldn’t hardly back a loser with Gerry at Wharton Slaney, which included a £1000 ew anti post bet on CELESTIAL HALO at 16/1 for the Triumph hurdle and won in excess of 30k that year off him alone, the problem was at the same time I couldn’t back a winner with John Christie and he hovered up more than his fair share of it.
Pete is at the bar with his ROSALIE winnings and has ordered us all two bottles of Cors light each, wish I had a picture of the Alfonze, with a bottle under one arm, a bottle and a glass of wine in each hand and a racing post under the other arm.
Alfonze will not be strayed by my views regarding TIGGY WIGGY and heads ringwards to wager some of his hard earned. Pete has followed me in with an ew bet on the Frenchman and a reverse forecast.
Not the greatest of rides by Maxine Guyon on our HIGH CELEBRITY, lets not take anything away from Hughsey and TIGGY WIGGY another fantastic run and a super ride, but with a run we would of been a lot closer and would of secured the forecast for sure.
It’s the Alfonzes turn to tender his ill gotten gains over the bar, I can hear a commotion at the other end of the room and when he arrives more red faced than ever, I realise it was him lol lol, he has followed Pete’s lead and got us two bottles each and when the girl has asked him for £28-80 a big stewards inquiry has been called, when he realises it equates to £9-60 a pint, unfortunately after a full and in depth inquiry the result remains unaltered, so we have to put up with a ten minute rendition.
The LATE callers are very unlucky when MADE IN RIO is just second and their luck doesn’t change as JACKS REVENGE is smashed up in the betting to 7/2, but can also only muster second, so a small winning day.
CORNROW is drawn on the wrong side as I feared and doesn’t place, as the high numbers are out with the washing, no wonder William Hill gave the first seven places, they knew.
HIGH CHURCH finishes off a good winning day, by being another second, but also a very frustrating one as we have hit both the goal posts and the crossbar, with one winner, four seconds and a third.
Sunday Morning. At breakfast, it’s the habitual role calls and fortunately after all our X’s and a very hectic night, we have all won a right nice few quid.
The LATE callers are in clover as we are second with just over 130 points profit and hitting a 48% strike rate. ANDY BELL is making strides upwards, again, with twenty points profit, but with a monthly graph that closely resembles the Alfonzes up and down heart rate yesterday.
It feels as if I have only had about ten minutes in bed and the Alfonze certainly looks that way and Pete looks as if he got the butch receptionist in his room. At least with the Alfonze rocking up it’s secured me a lift home and saves all the messing around with trains. The racing today looks very mediocre and I have a small word for JALINGO ew at 7/1, which I email out.
After my hectic three days the chores that need doing around Jafeica House will have to wait for another day, unfortunately that other day never seems to happen, as I’m often told, but I have 400ish loyal punters livelihoods to worry about, don’t I?
Just before we leave for my fathers for a Sunday roast tea, I watch the very well backed JALINGO finish a most annoying fourth.
Monday 29th. We have an absolutely awful days racing ahead of us today, but as I always say theres a winner in every race, it only has to be found.
Hopefully my only piece of information can do it for us, as I bet and email out the Dandy Nichols trained BAJAN BEAR ew at 5/1.
I must admit, sorry the Jolly Jock, I am not the greatest fan of the Scottish racing, actually I hate it and today’s seventeen runner handicap, having the habitual two none runners and ours finishing fourth hasn’t helped its cause I’m afraid.
Tuesday 30th. Last day of what has been an up and down month to say the least, well for ANDY BELL’s sole clients anyway, if you took my advice and BETFANS kind concession and also signed up for my LATE SERVICE you would now be over 120 points in profit as the month has produced a nice gradual climb and we are pushing these SUPER NAPS DAILY service for the monthly top spot.
We have a huge word for the ex pointer LASER HAWK, who Steve has been told has been schooling fantastically at home and is expected to win today. I have a max bet on him personally at 7/2 and advise all my clients to do likewise. With the LATE SERVICE pushing for the top position, I decide to email my three remaining bets on there, STRONG WIND ew at 8/1, PHASE SHIFT win at 7/2 and finally PEACHY MOMENT win at 9/4.
With all of my bets complete, I get my things ready for a trip to Nottingham races tomorrow, where I am meeting our new recruit KevAN Minter, don’t forget it’s AN, aka the Colonel, who is starting a service within the Betfan ranks this month. Then from there I have to shoot up to York on Thursday to sign the contracts with my book publisher and Amazon, with a view to getting it published at the end of this month.
When I told a few of my drinking buddies, their old arras’s nipped up, wondering what I had written lol. Then Friday it’s a day at Ascot and than homeward bound for Newmarket on Saturday.
Saturday should be a good one and how quickly does it come round, again, it’s the local boys annual jolly boys outing, where they all cram into a bus and get absolutely bladdered, cause carnage and hopefully they can rely on me to pay their X’s, all going to plan.
Paul Malloney is sitting absolutely motionless three out and the leader and favorite looks LASER HAWKS for the taking, until we hit two out and when we clopper the last it knocks the stuffing completely out of us and our chances. There are wins in LASER HAWK and I hope to recoup my monies when it DOES happen.
STRONG WIND finishes down the field, PHASE SHIFT just misses out and PEACHY MOMENT wins very nicely and leaves me wondering whether we have in fact done enough to steal the monthly honors.
Wednesday 1st. The LATE SERVICE hit a nice winner yesterday, with PEACHY MOMENT, which was enough to secure us the top spot on the BETFAN tree for September. We made just over 125 points profit, with a 54% ROI and a brilliant 45% strike rate, I’m well happy with that and hope you all are as well.
That’s all in the past now and we have to start afresh today and hopefully we can bang in another winning month for either of my services or hopefully both. This transitional period can be a tricky time punting wise as a lot of the flat horses are attempting to get a late win to help pay for the winter corn and the jumpers are just starting their campaigns.
Today me and all my ANDY BELL’s clients are pinning our colours firmly to the Richard Hughes ridden AIR SQUADRON at 15/8, as I have a huge word for him.
Last time out winner BRAVE ZOLO’s form has been franked by the second horse coming out and bolting up and the even money looks a steal for the LATE BETTING service. As it’s a night race I am tempted to pop down there to watch him run, but I can’t get anybody to escort me so in all honesty I can’t be bother so I decide to stay at home and watch the days racing on Racing UK.
AIR SQUADRON has no early pace, so Hughsey whips round the outside and takes it up and controls the race from the front, two out he looks as if he is beaten, but from somewhere Hughsey conjures up another run and takes it up again only to get done on the line. Obviously I’m bitterly disappointed and I hope it isn’t my pocket talking, but to me this horse looks trip-less.
My mood is lifted as BRAVE ZOLO wins nicely at a shade odds on and for me the day finishes level, ANDY BELL’s clients have lost and the LATE BETTING service have won, so in all a ok day.
Thursday 2nd. We have typical early season small jumps fields and short priced favourites on show today. It’s often not as easy as first impressions give, as we know, well most of us anyway, at least 50% of these favourites will get beaten, so it’s an art to find which are the most likely winners.
Tipsters like myself are on a hiding to nothing on days like today, because if you pick two or three winners everybody says so what, my cat could of picked them and if you don’t your a useless w****r.
LASER BLAZER is my banker for the day at a shade odds on, as I was most impressed with the way he won last time even after demolishing the last hurdle. As I say on my early email I am attempting to put together a short price trixie as well.
With so many short priced runners today, as I said earlier, I can easily get caught with my pants down, so after numerous phone calls, because there is no hiding place with a 4/1 or 5/1 ew bet to nothing, I side with KILFINCHEN BAY at 4/9 and GERMANY CALLING at 8/15 with LASER BLAZER to complete my trixie.
My train arrives in York at 1-29pm and I am met by the one and only Simon Holden. What the F**k a bottle of Peroni and a sparkling water, Oh I’m on sober October he informs me, he is a moaning, grumbling git at the best of times, but without alcohol, I can see this is going to be a wow. God forbid, I even think it might be more fun meeting the Grumbling Don or Lord Howie, maybe neither, sticking a needle in my eye is probably just favourite.
Even worse to come as we are walking into town, Holden is moaning about a bad shoulder, as we walk past Tesco’s xtra I even consider a quick bout of shop lifting so I can get arrested, as right at this moment a cold quiet cell is very appealing.
Thankfully I have my book signing contract meeting to attend and my worst fears come to fruition, as a true friend he is, he accompanies me and waits outside. Deal done, now all you ANDY BELL and LATE BETTING clients that LEAVE, yes LEAVE me between now and Christmas you WILL get a signed copy from Santa lol.
Ladbrokes in the town centre enjoy my Oi oi’s as LASER BLAZER bolts under a super confident ride from Dicky at a well backed 4/6 giving us a single winner and also getting our trixie off to the perfect start. I thought 4/9 on KILFINCHEN BAY was short enough for our second leg of our trixie, although the Charlie Longsden stable thinks he is unbeatable, when he opens up at 1/5 even I am gobsmacked.
Thankfully he wins like a short priced favourite should and all now depends on our final leg GERMANY CALLING. As it’s the final leg of our treble and hopefully all my clients are safely on, I do expect him to open up shorter than our 8/15, again I am amazed as he opens up at 1/4, it’s certainly not all my money that’s done it, but I do suppose with my 300ish clients all having their trebles reliant upon it, that’s probably taking in the region of 20k out of the greedy 1s pockets on a quiet Thursday.
Although two out GERMANY CALLING doesn’t look like a 1/4 shot he does win going away to give us all a very nice win single and a super winning trixie.
God just imagine if one of those shorties had of lost, Lord Howie would of made mince meat out of me in next weeks column, but thankfully he can just ramble on about boring old football again. Hey Lord, what’s this super duper pension top up secret fund you have, surely it’s not just backing in seven and fifteen runner races and nicking the place value, as most only then get two and three places, surely not as the limited liquidity would only buy a couple of bottles of milk stoute a week.
Any way back to business a very nice winning day for us and we have netted over twenty points profit out of nothing.
The more difficult part of my day now, which is making my three winners look easy, getting rid of Mr Sober October.
Surprisingly, after two non alcoholic ginger beers he decides his presence isn’t required, maybe my dozing off at the table wasn’t the subtlest of hints, but it worked. No party’s in York tonight, it’s back to the Queens Hotel for a quiet one and bed.
Friday 3rd. Waking up with the joyous feeling that I have given three winners in a trixie yesterday, I know all you knockers will say they were all short, but try and pick three winners, however short and nine times out of ten one will always let you down, I know from experience and NEVER, NEVER, never knock a winner, however short, but please don’t get carried away with them because they will eventually beat and break you.
Today is another day and just to show you I am not a one trick pony, not that I have to prove myself as all you have to do is look at the 800ish points profit that I have made since joining BETFAN, just over a year ago, we are going to have a good swing at a 10/1 shot in the first at Ascot, SCOTTISH GLEN. I am told that this is a cracking place bet and may well go very close, if the race is ran to suit. Tom, Keith and Smudger back this for me and all return 10/1.
I also pop into town and have a couple of cash bets on him with William Hill and Ladbrokes, “just a note to you all”, please remember this, I have £50 ew at the 10/1, as any single winning ticket that exceeds over a £1,200 win will have to be referred to a trader, pathetic, I know for a multi million pound business and a so called bookmaker, BUT if somebody wants to put two grand or more on pre paid credit in the goat, or better known as a roulette machine, the Greedy 1s will help all they can and will even be courteous enough to open up at 8am, (I can’t ever remember them doing it for us humble horse racing or even greyhound racing boffs) just in case you can pop in before you go to work and then they are even kind enough to supply you with a coffee, so you don’t have to leave your nice comfy stool, which is strategically placed in front of your chosen money munching programmed to lose long term machine called the goat. If I have just put ONE single person OFF those terrible money grabbing things I have achieved my goal.
I have a really good word from the Newmarket boys telling me that John Gosdens MARZOCCO has been going really well at home since his third in the St Leger and is hopefully going to get his head in front today.
With all our work done we can now relax with a quick lunchtime beer in the P & P, which is set beside the river.
Sober October Holden is limping our way, with a bad shoulder, another of life’s great mysteries, why limp with a bad shoulder, Mmmmm. Anyway he finally arrives with all the joys of the holocaust with his bottle of sparkling “water” of course.
SCOTTISH GLEN does achieve at least what we had hoped and expected and gets us a 10/1 place or in real money a 6/4 winner.
MARZOCCO looks all over the winner and from my view point didn’t seem to want it as much as the winner and is beaten by the narrowest of margins.
I get a call saying that the boys are going to Wolverhampton to back TWO JABS ew at 10/1, I quickly email him out as a LATE SERVICE bet, unfortunately all the 10s has been hovered up so I suggest taking the 8/1ew which is still on show.
Mr GMT come on in your Friday column, you’re struggling and can’t for the life of you find a winner of a six runner dog race, but surprisingly you can conquer up the first and second in a zillion runner Cambridgeshire and if you want a late betting service, like mine, stop hinting and come straight out with it.
A Bellie Boy free tip: you shouldn’t antagonize Mr Simon Holden, just be nice to him, as I have been all this week as he got me one. lol.
Tonight A huge slice of luck goes our way as the most likely winner, the favourite, dumps his jockey and Oi Oi TWO JABS wins it for us and we have copped a brilliant 8/1 winner.
Although we have had a great day I’m not in a party mood tonight, with sober October tucked up in bed, morphined up, so I retire to the Queens and book tomorrows train to Newmarket.
Saturday 4th. An excellent day for all my services and once again the LATE BETTING SERVICE is bang up there in second and ANDY BELL has now had the last two winning days.
I am on the 9-30am out of York heading to Newmarket for another good days racing, with everything sealed and signed, so a year on the road with BETFANS Bellie Boy, or whatever they decide, will be live at the end of this month.
Free tip: 3:30 Newmarket FINTRY 3/1 win bet Various.
We have a busy week ahead of us, as I am away racing three days and then back to York Friday and then either back to Newmarket Saturday or staying for Yorks last day of the year.
Until next week NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, lose faith, or your will to live Holden!
Back next Saturday.