HORSE RACING

30 December, 2021

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

BOXING DAY: The Star Betting Wrap

There was just the small matter of 76 races for punters and layers to navigate on Boxing Day and no rest for the wicked with the action kicking off with the 11.45am at Sedgefield.

That went the way of the 1/7 jolly by a mere 27 lengths – how would the rest of the day go for the Star trading teams both on and off course? We asked them for their highlights and lowlights on the day and to rate the day’s results on a scale of 1 (horrendous) to 10 (out of this world) for the firm.

ON COURSE AT KEMPTON

Lofty and Steve in Tatts, Ed and Tony on the rails …..

Lofty (Martin Chapman) reported that the crowd and business was lower than any normal year on Boxing Day but perhaps not to be surprised given that this is anything but a ‘normal’ year.

That was reflected by the bet numbers and perhaps the best indicator of all – the time it takes to get out of the car park 😉

With just two winning favourites on the card it looked a good day on paper for the books. Lofty’s race by race summary:

⭕ 12.45 Punters hardly went into this all guns blazing. It was difficult drumming up any interest in the race so basically we just watched the 1/3 favourite Broomfield Burg stroll home by 10 lengths without, for once, being behind the eight ball after the first race. We did see some support for the bottom one on the card (Robelli sent off 11/1) but had no worries on that front with him eventually finishing last of the five.

⭕ 1.20 Turned out to be the best betting race on the card which goes to show you don’t always need the high profile horses and prize money to convert to the best betting races. They sent off three 7/2 co-favourites and we saw decent money for all of them including each-way support for Bothwell Bridge which was locked away in the hod after that one came down at the second.

⭕ 1.55 A real good match between Bravemansgame and Ahoy Senor who flip-flopped late on but not in the same was as they finished. I wanted to get Ahoy Senor from the outset so we took our fair share but the general market support sent him off the narrow favourite (11/10 v 6/5) only for Bravemansgame to go clear from the last. Just a four race but the two outsiders saw support from the optimists. Kiltealy Briggs (SP 28/1) and Tea Clipper (SP 10/1) both had their fans. So all in all a good winning race.

⭕ 2.30 The second of the Grade 1 races on the card which could have easily been a make or break result on the day with Epatante being sent off the 4/5 favourite. Try as we might, we didn’t see much interest in the mare – so watching her win her second Christmas Hurdle can probably be best described as dodging a bullet.

⭕ 3.05 The Christmas highlight – the King George – which looked a really good renewal on paper and with 28/1 shot Tornado Flyer winning it turned out that way too, although we did lay it ante-post during the week. It’s not often you celebrate a Willie Mullins trained runner winning a big race but that was the case and it looked a nailed on 1-2 for the trainer before Asterion Forlonge tipped up at the last. I don’t think the race was over at the point and he could have made his stablemate pull out all the stops but we’ll never know.

No complaints from me on the result though – there was plenty of public support for Frodon and Bryony Frost but they faded and with Minella Indo (100/30) and Chantry House (3/1 fav) not running their races it was a bit of a late Christmas present of a result.

⭕ 3.40 We saw plenty of interest in Earlofthecotswolds and we took a slice of the £3,000 that one of the firms was hedging back on course about the 6/1 chance. All down to poor liquidity on the machine – COME RACING !! In the end we could have laid plenty more with him finishing last of the finishers behind the runaway 15/2 winner Marie’s Rock.

At the end of the day Lofty was happy to have Ahoy Senor and Chantry House as losers in their respective races.

…. and the all-important ‘Lofty rating’ of how the results went on the day on-course:


OFF COURSE

Boxing Day is always a massive day for the firm – not just the racing of course but a (depleted) Premier League programme and The Ashes all vying for the attention of Star’s punters. The early blast of winning favourites caused head of racing Flynn Goward a few headaches.

At 2pm he reported plenty of accas ‘flying in’ with a list longer than his Christmas shopping one:

Sir Gerhard 1/3 ✔️
Fil Dor 4/9 ✔️
Yorksea 4/11 ✔️
Richmond Lake 2/9 ✔️
Presuming Ed 7/4 ✔️
O’Toole 4/9 ✔️
Broomfield Burg 1/3 ✔️

The turning point came seconds after 2pm when Bravemansgame won the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton.

Flynn reported that runner-up Ahoy Senor (11/10 fav) was a big loser in the book so getting it beat cancelled out quite a few accas and hefty singles.

His (proverbial) glass was half-full when he said: “We are now just behind after that result.”

It didn’t last long as:

Epatante WON EVENS ✔️
Ferny Hollow WON 10/11 ✔️

Both added to earlier long list which was now, er, longer.

The King George proved a good result, especially dodging either Minella Indo or Clan Des Obeaux winning and (as Lofty reported on course) Earlofthecotswold also had off-course support in the last.

The marks from Flynn from the off-course jury were:


OFF COURSE (ANTE-POST)

Star trader Jordan Cox had his eyes across the ante-post markets across the afternoon with a number of key races on both sides of the Irish Sea.

📉 He reported the biggest move being for King George winner Tornado Flyer tumbling from 66/1 to 14/1 for the Gold Cup (CLICK HERE FOR LATEST STARSPORTS.BET MARKET)

📉 There was also strong support too for Leopardstown bumper winner Facile Vega for the Champion Bumper in Match 12/1 > 4/1 (CLICK HERE FOR LATEST STARSPORTS.BET MARKET).


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