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SIMON NOTT BLOG: Royal Ascot Tuesday

SIMON NOTT reports from the betting ring at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

The bookmakers betting in Tattersalls were singing the praises of the architect that designed the grandstand. The shadow it cast ensured they bet in comfort. The same can’t be said for those betting out at the back of the stands of which number I was in.

The biggest moment of the day, despite all the excitement out on the turf was the minute silence held in respect of the Grenfell Tower disaster. I have never known a minute’s silence so well respected, you could have heard a pin drop. Very touching.

Ben’s views before the start of racing …

Queen Anne Stakes

There is very little to be said apart from it was a very bad start for the book. Ribchester winning at 11/10 was a terrible start for us on course and a £30k loser in the office but would at least hopefully mean the punters would open their shoulders for the rest of the day.

The Coventry Stakes

Matt Chapman was tweeting that he’d tipped up the 11/1 winner Rajasinghe. Luckily for us, it seemed his loyal followers didn’t find us. It was a good winner but 33/1 runner-up Headway would have been better. Never happy.

King’s Stand Stakes

We got stuck into the front two with Marsha and Lady Aurelia both losing us bundles but the rest winning plenty. The runner-up Profitable would have been just that but sadly for us found 7/2 winner Lady Aurelia one too good. Small mercies that she was the lesser loser of the two. Halfway through and on the back foot.

St James’s Palace Stakes

It was all about the office in this race. They laid a singular bet of £100,000 to £175,000 Churchill and continued to lay it. Then Ben laid £100,000 on the Tatts pitch. At the off the firm’s combined take was £490,000 on the jolly. We needed a result.

Aye Aye Barney Boy gets the money. A tremendous result. Of course we’d have preferred Churchill in the frame to help the place book!

Ascot Stakes

Down on the sunshine pitch we just tapped away and did a bottle (£200) on winning favourite Thomas Hobson, in other words got away with it. The smugness was tempered when we learned the office lost a cool £150,000 on the race.

The ‘funny’ part of the race, I was stood next to Paul Gold who trades as Pickwick-Bevan and told him what the jolly lost us. The colours in the race card were more vivid than on the track. ‘I can’t see the favourite it must be beat’ he observed, just as it put the race to bed 🙁

Windsor Castle Stakes

The office took a total of £110,000 on Declarationofpeace. On the sunshine pitch we didn’t take a dinar on Sound And Silence which won to (almost) silence. What broke it was us giving the 20/1 shot the ‘Aye Aye’! The Gentleman’s Bookmaker takes the Gentlemen to the cleaners on day one. Where’s Ben? He’s off in a helicopter to Towcester dogs, no rest for the country’s largest independent layer.

And finally……

A feature on Star and Ben I did for Eclipse Magazine

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