AUTHOR: davidstewart


The firm were treated to a Ben Keith ‘all you can eat’ Chinese meal last night. Such was the feast I was slightly worried my waistcoat might object to being done up, it was OK if I breathed in though, which was handy.

The Star Sports squad on day two at Aintree…

The weather was kind to the Ladies who donned their finery for the Raceday named in their honour.

1:45 – 20 Years Together, Alder Hey & Aintree Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4YO plus) 2m 4f

Aintree was bathed in glorious sunshine as Lofty, Flynn and Hannah got to work betting on the first. It was almost an hour to go before the off time when they laid the first notable cash wager, £10,000 – £1,000 Broomfield Burg to get the betting ball rolling.

Business never bet up to that wager. At the off, Broomfield Burg was still losing £9,000. The firm got the gelding beaten but the 4/1 joint-favourite winner Langer Dan was also a loser in the book for £180. I was trying to think of a darts cliche to use here but couldn’t, only doing that over a joint jolly was probably a get out.

Look who it is! Star Sports featured on MailOnline…

2:20 – Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4YO plus) 2m ½f

Next up and as soon as the team priced up they laid a £12,000 – £1000 each-way Suprise Package. That got the ball rolling again and set a hard-to-bet up to target. Not that hard as it happened, it was closely followed by an even £9000 Jonbon. This was more like it.

Lofty commented that the size of bets were like the good old days. The girls are still having their £2.50 each-way bets but many of the suited and booted guys had upped their game to oners and beyond.

The luck went the way of the books yesterday but after two races fortunes appeared to have changed. Jonbon winning at even money was a blow. There was some good news for the ring though, there was a commission agent with instructions to call his client should the price go evens, 10/11 at the time. The price duly drifted but the phone network was so busy he couldn’t get the call out.

2:55 – Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (5YO plus) 3m 1f

Flynn gave the punters the option of forecast betting in the next which proved popular though stakes were modest. A punter came in for Bravemansgame a grand win at 5/4 but early skirmishes were fairly small too.

Flynn said that the previous race had been ‘Bang Bang Bang’ but this race was ‘Meh’… for older readers that apparently means ‘dull or humdrum’!

Ahoy Senor winning at 4/1 was a good result despite having been a 5/1 and 11/2 chance early in the betting. Of course, when business has been ‘Meh’, what you win when a result goes your way means you don’t get your whack.

3:30 – Marsh Chase (Registered As The Melling Chase) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (5YO plus) 2m 4f

Ben arrived on course in time to bet on the feature race.

And promptly went evens Fakir D’Oudairies when all around were tips-on.

He got accommodated to a certain extent, a grand the biggest but no other bets of note, a loser for three grand at the off.

The jolly obliged and the firm went deeper into the red on the day.

A blog reader named Sean came over for a chat and said he enjoys the blogs. Earwigging Ben came over and chirped in, ‘Don’t praise him up he’s a diva with a big ego’ – quick as a flash Sean replied ‘What, a bigger ego than yours?!’ Touché – thanks Sean.

4:05 – Randox Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) (National Course) (Class 1) (5YO plus) 2m 5f

The next race came to life, the punters queuing to get on.

It was rammed in front of the joint, taking bets not helped by the number of punters also coming to draw over Fakir D’ Oudairies. Bets were very plentiful but small, not surprisingly given the nature of the race. At the off, there was four grand in the hod and half a dozen losers.

The worst of the dirty half dozen was the 8/1 winner Mac Tottie. A lot of work to do £1300 for Ben and Hannah on the coal face.

4:40 – Cavani Menswear Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4YO plus) 3m ½f

Ben had the bit between his teeth betting on the penultimate. The punters were keen to get on and he was keen to oblige them. Business was brisk but stakes were once again on the modest end of the spectrum.

He was enthusing about how much he enjoyed working at this meeting in a pitch bought from Victor Chandler, bets were good if not notable though a bet of £6,000 – £180 each-way with the fractions laid Duke Of Bronte would have made a dent in the book had it been successful, but it wasn’t. The 7/2 winner Gelino Bello copped a grand in the book with favourable places, the firm got more than their whack in this instance.

5:15 – Park Palace Ponies Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys And Amateur Riders) (GBB Race) (Class 2) (4YO plus) 2m ½f

Lofty got up on the stool with Hannah to bet on the lucky last. Ben had scarpered to beat the traffic as is the prerogative of the boss of course.

Sun still shining and Star still smiling…

There were still plenty of punters keen to get stuck in. The only loser in the book at the off was the jolly Whizz Kid, Washington the taker and the rest winning a few quid but not enough to get out of the £10,000 the firm were losing going into the race.

10/1 winner Hacker Des Places winning was a good result and copped a bit back, Whizz Kid finished fourth but wasn’t well-backed each-way. That concluded an excellent day in the sunshine albeit in fresh temperatures. Star Sports did their cash in but go into the big day still in front on the meeting which warrants an Aye Aye in anyone’s language.

We’re back tomorrow and still hoping the person who ‘borrowed’ Flynn’s trolly will return it.

Thanks in advance.


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

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