We won on the pitch but got clobbered in the office yesterday so today was a kick on and recover day. The opening race wasn’t ideal, 7/1 the field so hard for the punters so hard to take money, or you’d think so …
1:45 Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
The office laid a £25,000 – £1,000 ew Project Bluebook and £36,000 – £3,000 each-way Three Musketeers so we were in it as a firm, then a punter came in for £800 cash Who Dares Wins on course and with £5k the same horse in the office followed by £70,000 – £10,000 Spirt Of The Games and £2,000 Storm Home in the office. It was a betting heat alright!
20/1 winner Jester Jet was an absolute cracking result, the perfect start to the day on course and in the office. But there was no time to count it, the next race was already on the boards.
Between races it became apparent that the grid in front of the pitch was not conducive to ‘Ladies’ Day’ heels which were getting stuck. Trying to retrieve high heels was a tricky task mostly resulting in leaving the tips to the racecorse drainage system!
2:20 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
After all the big-staking excitement of the opener there was none of the same. Business was steady but relatively modest, in short nothing big enough to interest the big bet collecting reporters from the PA.
14/1 winner Lalor was another excellent result for the books and no doubt a huge boost for the Kayley Woollacott yard, a short tractor ride from where I live in North Devon, previously trained by sadly missed Richard.
2:50 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
The third race was very busy, joints were rocking for most of the betting but stakes were very modest which was once again disappointing after the opening race maelstrom.
One blessing of not fielding any lumps is that when the jolly, in this case 3/1 favourite Terrefort, wins you don’t do your orchestras. Besides, we had the little task of getting Min in the book in the next to concentrate on.
3:25 JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1)
The punters didn’t hold back, after hovering at Evens, Ben went 11/10 and promptly laid £2,200 – £2,000 and a brace of grand bets at the price.
Those punters should have held back, 6/5 was soon hawking then 5/4 in places though not with us and that was snapped up by the off.
At the off the pitch had Min a loser for £6,000 and the office £40,000.
Politologue turning around Champion Chase form with Min and getting up by a neck at the line at 11/1 was an absolute stonking result for the books.
4:05 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
With the short one beaten it was headlong into the 8/1 the field Topham and the attitude of ‘good luck finding the winner punters’.
One punter thought he knew and had a carpet each-way Top Gamble at 11/1, by far the biggest bet we laid on the heat on course.
Given that they went off 9/1 the field 14/1 winner Ultragold was hardly a ‘result’ but fell right for us in the on-course book resulting in another good winning race.
4:40 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
There was no way any firm in their right minds could snap elastic bands around their winnings prematurely. The penultimate saw a ‘front two’ to get stuck into. Santini and OK Corral were 15/8 and 3/1 respectively when betting got underway with a decent field against them so a race to get to work on.
Betting was not as frenetic as the Topham, just steady and modest, with two ‘low key’ losers. Santini eventually went off at 6/4 and duly won, normally it would have been a terrible result but losses were light.
5:15 Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)
Yesterday’s lucky last made us jump, the punters were certainly keen to get stuck in again.
But not to the tune of the grands at big prices we saw yesterday. The jolly Danny Kirwan was very weak drifting to carpet 3/1 from bottle 2/1 early before hardening to 5/2 at the off. Largely down to one of the high street firms getting involved at the top price.
We were 28/1 Portrush Ted at the off, Warren Greatrex’s charge won at 25/1 – a virtual skinner and not just for us. What’s the call again? Oh yes, ‘Aye Aye’.
Simon Nott is author of:
Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring