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BETTING & RACING: Star Sports Festival, Brighton Thursday

Simon Nott reports live from Brighton Racecourse for the second day of the Star Sports Festival of Racing with video updates from roving reporters Hannah Baycroft and Sam Hart…

2:25 – ⭐ Star Insurance Apprentice Handicap (Class 4) (3YO plus) 7f

It was sunnier, it was busier, it was lumpier, that was just the first race.

There was a bet of £1800 – £300 Little Boy Blue and a flurry of forecasts. The field money was £1300, Lofty had a lean up for 9/2 chance Granary Queen and gave it the Aye Aye as she flashed past the post.

Steve saw that 1.04 was available in the photo and said it was a gift. Lofty’s apprentice BHA graduate Lewis wasn’t so sure and said so.

The announcement ‘Winner number seven 9/1 chance Poetic Force’ winning by a nose brought forth incredulous groans from the judges on the pitch.

Lewis, quite prudently, vanished. The firm copped £1200 but the sharp money was that Lofty had done his and that avoidance was advised for a minute or two. Lewis is learning fast!

3:00 – ⭐ Star Community Housing Restricted Maiden Stakes (GBB Race) (Class 5) (2YO only) 7f

By the time I dared to ask Lofty about the business they were thick into bet on the next where Loaded Quiver was installed at 4/5 favourite.

The firm had laid one, but not the jolly, it was £3000 – £500 each-way Al Shabab, try getting that on-line with the big boys.

Lewis was back briefly, that lad’s enthusiasm is totally infectious, he’s just discovering and falling in love with the game. It’s still got the magic that captured me and so many others over the years. It’s a real joy to see. He’s young enough to burn the candle at both ends too.

Yes, I’m jealous.

Try as they might Lofty and Steve couldn’t get the favourite in the book. They also couldn’t get the each-way bogie out of the frame. Al Shabab finished third.

At the business end of the race, punters were treated to another desperate finish. The race went to the one people had thought had won, 8/11 favourite Loaded Quiver for Archie Watson under a drive from Hollie Doyle. It’s worth noting that there was 4/5 hawking the jolly in the betting ring.

Miguel, was withdrawn at the start resulting in a rule 4 of 15p in the pound. Despite the each-way bogie placing the firm copped £400 over a winning favourite which is of course happy days.

Between races, a punter came up to Lofty behind the joint and had £2000 at 4/9 Karat Karat which was the price on the big screen and not long after 2/7. What a game!

It won of course.

3:30 – Nevaeh Mai Brown Classified Stakes (Class 6) (3YO plus) 1m 4f

With all the excitement watching the race over at Yarmouth, time was ticking on for betting on the third. It was a fairly quiet betting heat which was saved by a £600 bet on the ultimately friendless Young Winston at 11/4.

No Diggity won the race at 16/1 under Luke Morris, providing Newmarket-based Martin Dunne with his first winner as a trainer.

Congratulations to him and connections, a day they won’t forget. The book won £700.

It’s nice when someone who reads your work and enjoys it gets in touch. I’d had some nice messages from Irish Donald in the past and he was here today, we raised a glass to Barney Curley. He’s a very interesting man, into racing as well as in the music business, right up my steet. It was great to meet you Donald, keep in touch.

4:00 – ⭐ Star Sports Brighton Challenge Cup Handicap (Class 4) (3YO plus) 1m 4f

Next up and a customer bet £5000 – £500 each way Walk The Moon. It had been a lively day’s punting but not lively enough for Steve and Lofty to bet up to that sort of figure. The punters did their best to help though, further bets of £300 Alumnus and £250 Night Eagle noted.

It looked like the latter had come to win the race only to be mugged close home by Tony Newcombe’s 8/1 chance Bug Boy under Connor Planas. Tony trains in Barnstaple which is 30-odd miles further than where I live, a fair old trek which paid off.

The result was great news for the book too, the winner was a virtual skinner for £2000, even a payout of £330 over a straight forecast didn’t dampen spirits on the joint.

Spirits that had improved as the favourable results unfolded. There was a funny scene next door on the Adam Crowne joint. He was paying out a punter over the winner when the ‘Bing Bong’ for a steward’s enquiry sounded.

The punter snatched the money and darted off before the message continued to say the winner was unaffected, punters!

We’d forgotten all about the Steward’s Enquiry, when the amended result was called there was initial little cheer, then a groan. The punter that backed the original forecast also had the amended one too which paid more. Still, you would begrudge him it.

4:30 – ⭐ Star Construction And Maintenance Classified Stakes (Class 6) (3YO plus) 7f

There’s a lovely couple that are regulars on course, Sue and Colin. I spotted Sue before the penultimate, she said that Colin had been under the weather but was on the mend and here today.

She mentioned that their He’s Our Star was running in the race but that Tony Carroll, their trainer had plenty of runners in the race and left it at that. Well, I’m sure Colin felt a lot better still after their gelding won at 10/1.

It wasn’t so great for the book though, a punter had £3300 – £300 each way the winner knocked out £2500 of the day’s winnings which was a bit of a body blow after rolling with the punches for most of the afternoon.

5:00 – ⭐ Alfriston Gardens Classic Handicap (Class 6) (3YO plus) 1m

Just the five went to post for the lucky last with the firm £1600 up on the afternoon, a similar pattern to yesterday. Bets were brisk including £500 on Paco’s Pride and £540 Local Bay at 5/4 but then did nothing but drift. Rivas Rob Roy also attracted money, enough to make it a loser but not to any bets of any size.

Local Bay won the race, the book won £500 with the forecasts and places which made it a respectable second winning day of the festival. It’s never over in this game though, the punter that backed the odds-on winner at Yarmouth earlier asked to spin it all up on Raqiya in the 6.53 at Salisbury tonight, then pulled up another £2000 to have on the same horse at 1/3.

Wish Star Sports, or him, luck whichever your disposition. We’re back tomorrow.


Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.

Simon Nott is author of: Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring
available on Kindle 



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