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SIMON NOTT BETTING BLOG: Glorious Goodwood Tuesday

It was excellent to be back at Goodwood. Top class racing and the chance to wear clobber you’d be hard pushed to get away with elsewhere – what more could you ask for?

1:50 – Coral Chesterfield Cup Handicap (Class 2) (4YO plus) 1m 2f

I’m guessing that if meteorologists tipped horses, they’d get dogs abuse. It was doing its best to rain as they loaded the stalls for the first. There was no rain in the forecast I saw. Anyway, enough of the moaning. The first heat was a tough one, 6/1 the field. Business was generally light, as you’d expect, but Inlike did lay £3000 – £500 Legend of Dubai and £3500 – £500 Just Fine. It was auguring well for business though, big punters were seen lurking in the wings.

Luckily none of them were in the 14/1 winner Forest Falcon which scooted clear under Frankie Dettori. Luckily, this isn’t Ascot, the smaller punters didn’t latch on to Charlie & Mark Johnston’s apparent second-string either. It was a good result, the book kept most of what it took.

2:25 – Japan Racing Association Vintage Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (2YO only) 7f

Business didn’t take long to get going in the next, Flynn laid bets of £9000 – £4000, £4500 – £2000 and £2250 – £1000 Holloway Boy, just before it collapsed in 11/8. Things looked perilous as the jolly eased into the lead at the furlong pole. Only briefly though, Jamie Spencer on Charlie Fellowes 14/1 chance Marbaan had even more up his sleeve and sailed past the favourite and broke the hearts of his backers. Of course, it was the second ‘Aye Aye’ of the day from the Star Sports pitch, silently though, not wanting to tempt fate at a place it’s hard to win at.

On his way in, ‘Inlike’ Flynn bought ice cold waters for the staff from the kiosk that sells that sort of thing. The lady warned him that some of the lids were faulty and won’t open. I was sent to said kiosk to return one of these faulty bottles. The lady took it, then gave me another to try. I couldn’t open it so handed it back, that one was faulty too. Imagine my shame when the slip of a girl working there too gave it a twist and it was open. Flynn can go himself next time, I can’t stand the humiliation, give me a daft jacket any day.

3:00 – World Pool Lennox Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3YO plus) 7f

The action wasn’t all on the rail, Dan (working as part of the BHA Graduate Scheme), Lofty, Shop Steward and Union Rep and Steve purveyor of fine Chip Shops were betting on the Tatts pitch and taking decent money. Lofty came over to tell us on the rail that he’d laid £1250 each-each-way Lusail over there. Meanwhile Flynn, Inlike, The Boss, Kyle, ‘Lovely Face’ and Tony, Age Before Beauty had taken a bet of £13,500 – £6000 and £5000- £2000 about Sacred which was sent off the 9/4 favourite.

Sandrine winning at 12/1 for Andrew Balding under David Probert was another excellent result, and the firm copped a few bob from it too. As far as bigger bets go, this was shaping up well.

3:35 – Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3YO plus) 2m

Next up and the Goodwood Cup. It was a real test of the current run of luck too. Bets laid were £20,000 – £10,000 Trueshan and £17,500 Kyprios so up the front two. There was plenty of smaller business off the floor as well but, as you’d expect, nothing to bet up to those two bets. Over on the Tatts pitch, Lofty had taken a grand out of the jolly too. Inside the final furlong it looked like there might be a fairy-tale result. With Stradivarius running his heart out to the line, it appeared as if the roar of the crowd alone might get him home, but it was not to be.

Kyprios, the 6/4 favourite left it late but ultimately ruined tomorrow’s front and back-page stories by getting up to win a neck under Ryan Moore. The rails book lost £7089 which was the lightest of the two, a dent, but that was all.

4:10 – Nicholson Gin Handicap (Class 2) (4YO plus) 5f

The fifth race on the card was very poor business-wise but a very competitive event out on the turf. There were six almost in a line yards from the post, but it was Lord Riddiford that prevailed at odds of 10/1. The rails book hadn’t even taken a grand so no surprise but also a little disappointing that the winner lost £688 in the book.

You don’t have to take much on them at that sort of price not holding a lot to have those middle pins losers. At least the steel band was there to cheer people up, one of my memories from working with Dave Phillips at Windsor on a Monday night back in the 1990s was when you were under the cosh clerking then one of those bands parked themselves behind you and started belting out ‘Rivers Of Babylon’. It used to give me the right needle although these days, under less pressure, I can see the attraction.

4:45 – British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 2) (2YO only) 6f

It’s Inlike’s Birthday today. Happy birthday, Inlike! 🎂

Sadly, business was slow again for the antepenultimate.

Mischief Magic, the 7/4 favourite, won the race. It was 15/8 in plenty of places in Tatts and on the rail, come racing. It was also a winner for a carpet. The mop flopped in the firm’s direction again.

5:20 – Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Fillies’ Handicap (Class 3) (3YO plus) 1m

The penultimate was livelier but still fairly modest in comparison to the earlier races. Bets included £4500 – £1000 Breaking Light and £2000 – £800 and £1250 – £500 for the favourite Crystal Caprice on the rail as well as £1100 – £400 and £2200 – £800 the same horse over in Tatts.

‘We don’t want the favourite’ was Lofty’s observation. Sadly, for the books in both positions, Crystal Caprice won the race under Ryan Moore for Sir Michael Stoute and chipped away a bit more from the early pile of winnings.

5:55 – World Pool EBF Fillies’ Handicap (Class 3) (3YO plus) 6f

The Lucky Last was an exciting one for the rails book, due mainly to a bet of £18,000 – £4000 Kimngrace off the floor from a punter and a £2750 – £1000 Kidwah to a face. Going into the heat the firm were still winning a nice few quid but that would have been knocked bandy should the bogie win.

That would have been a bit annoying after being well up after the first three. Adday In Asia winning for Harry Dunlop under Dylan Hogan at 22/1 was an excellent result for the book. So much so that as I was scampering up to the press room to write this last paragraph Flynn called me back and said ‘we can have a sweet tonight too’

Aye Aye!


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