The Don ended September with a healthy fifty plus profit in what is always a tough month as the flat is coming to end and the jumps season is yet to really start.
All that changes in October though as I start to give out selections for the jumps as well as our flat and all weather selections. The last fortnight has been spent catching up with old jumps contacts and establishing new ones here and over in the Emerald Isle. I’m pleased to announce that I have several new inside contacts that I’m sure will become the envy of every other respected tipster and pro backer out there and Andy Bell (30-15 to me Andy I’d say old boy).
The great Willie Mullins has announced he will have a satellite yard here this year which adds another ingredient to the pot. His increased runners will ensure that Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls don’t have it all their own way in the big races. It should also ensure the great Ruby Walsh will be visiting to ride them which is great news. I really think this will be a vintage year over the sticks because the now former Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls will still be stinging from losing out to Henderson.
Nicholl’s problem is that the Henderson juggernaut shows little sign of slowing down indeed the opposite may be true with rumours that Henderson is poised to introduce several juvenile superstars to further strengthen his vice like grip on the Trainer’s title. Throw in Hobbs, King and the marauding Mullins and we have all the cast in place for what should be one of the great seasons.
But before the jumpers take centre stage we have the little matter of The Flats equivalent to the European Champions League Final as Longchamp stages The Prix De La Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. Always a rough race it is for three year olds upwards over one mile four furlongs and this year looks like being a cracker. The draw has been made and you need to be low to middle or you have to run so much further that you cannot beat some of the World’s top performers. Roger Charlton must be gutted as his brilliant Al Kazeem has ended up with the widest draw of all. I would be staggered if he can make even the first three from there.
One Trainer towers above all others when it comes to realising what is needed to win this great race and that man is the great Andre Fabre and it’s to Fabre that we turn to for this weekends special.
Fabre runs the brilliant Intello who has copped a reasonable draw in 11. Intello has a terrific turn of foot and this has been the aim all year. I understand that the horses homework has been breathtaking in the past fortnight and everything is in place for Fabre to land yet another Arc. I suggest taking the 12/1 each way with those companies like bet365, Skybet and several others who are paying 1/4 odds and 4 places. That really is a brilliant offer demonstrating that the competition on the high street can offer terrific value.
My private members will be betting at Longchamp today and tomorrow and I intend to send the on course tote into meltdown. Join me and receive every bet I do, it’s the service that Racing is talking about and this jumps season will keep the Don in the spotlight. But before that lets bag the winner of the Arc. So settle down tomorrow with a good French Red and lets hopefully raise a Toast to Andre Fabre and Intello.
Back next Saturday.
The Gambling Don