After yesterday’s inaugural (for me) Covid-19 meeting at Bath (REPORT CLICK HERE), today’s at Chepstow wasn’t quite as strange or daunting. The same excellent procedures to get in were followed to get into course, which felt eerily quiet given the course is designed to accommodate a Welsh Grand National crowd.
12:15 – ownersgroup.co.uk Novice Auction Stakes (Class 5) (2YO only) 5f
There wasn’t an awful lot going on in the office for the first, the two bets they did take, £1100 – £1000 and £1470 at 6/5 on favourite Mitresonfire. Those who did wade in would have been a little concerned to see the colt playing up at the start. He did eventually go in the stalls but was no match for the runway winner, Sylvester Kirk’s Rania under David Egan. A little bird tells me Mitresonfire could now be gelded after that coltish display. One to note in the race was Toptime who ran on nicely to finish third for trainer Rod Millman.
12:45 – axom.co.uk EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) (Class 5) (2YO only) 6f
There was a runaway winner in the next, jockey of the moment Tom Marquand won by nearly four lengths on Saeed Bin Suroor’s Mashmoom. The winning jockey told Hayley Moore after the race that he expected the filly to get a bit further than the 6f she just won impressively over. It was a great result for the book as they’d been inundated with bets for the Mutahamisa including £10,000 and £6000 at 8/11 – though she was eventually easier to back going off at even money.
1:15 – eliteracingclub.co.uk Handicap (Class 6) (4YO plus) 6f
The next race changed complexion completely close home. Castlerea Tess looked to have it won, in fact commentator Mike Cattermole pretty much said so, at which point the mare was swamped by most of the field. First home of those finishers was Malcolm Saunder’s charge, 4/1 chance Pastfact ridden by Liam Keniry. The 11/10 favourite Avenue Of Stars finished third. The winner was all the more impressive having missed the break. The office reported that they’d laid some right chunks on Avenue of Stars but couldn’t be any more specific, but to put things in perspective the £16,000 – £4000 each-way laid the winner didn’t ruin the book.
1:45 – Owners Group Median Auction Maiden Stakes (Class 5) (2YO only) 7f
The favourite for this heat, Dromquinna had been smashed around the country all morning, even money to £3200 with Star in the morning, then £10,000 at 8/11, £6000 at 4/7 plus bets of £3000 and £2000 at bottle-on. Needless to say it was handy to see that the stick-on had no answer for 10/1 chance Bowland Park and David Egan, the jockey completing a double. A very handy result.
2:20 – Elite Racing Club 394 Wins Handicap (Class 5) (4YO plus) 7f
Sadly the celebrations didn’t last long. Tom Marquand added to his second race winner on facile victor Sir Plato who obliged at even money without punters needing to break into a sweat. The same can’t be said for the traders who laid a lump that can’t be disclosed as well as a £6000 – £5000 an even grand and two grand.
The £4000-£1000 laid Incentive in the same race stayed in the hod but it was a drop in the ocean. Needless to say, it was not a good race for the firm. It would be at this point in the blog where I’d try and lighten it up talking about twitchers or jockeys walking courses but sadly there was none of that thus far.
Congratulations to winning trainer Rod Millman who is a previous ‘Meet The Trainer’ #BettingPeople interviewee. CLICK HERE
2:50 – Soviet Song Memorial Handicap (Class 5) (3YO only) 7f
2/1 favourite Queen of Silca made light of her 6lb penalty to win under top weight under 7lb claimer George Boss in the race before the penultimate. Second-in Newton Jack was second, 80/1 chance Clog Na Fola finished third despite unshipping her jockey on the way to the start. The winning jockey was riding his 6th winner from 77 rides, he added he didn’t want to set targets but wanted to make a name for himself this season.
3:20 – Owners Group Makes A Great Gift Handicap (Class 5) (4YO plus) 2m
Le Musee winning the penultimate at 13/8 was accompanied by a message from the office, which just read ‘Both winners very bad results but we can’t pass the bets’ That’s the sort of comment you don’t really want to get. Mainly because you always want the firm to win, and secondly, it pretty much buggers up my blog. The ‘novelty’ of lockdown protocol soon wears off, racing needs people roaring their selections on and bookmakers taking their bets. The winning jockey said the horse is lazy but finds plenty, coming here had paid off instead of a target at Newcastle.
3:50 – Elite Racing Club 28th Year Handicap (Class 5) (4YO plus) 1m 4f
The concluding tricky looking handicap went to 4/1 chance Sula Island. The message from the office? Just the one bet in a quiet race, £9000 – £2000 each-way, Sula Island. That’s nasty. Any bookies that should have bet here today but couldn’t come, give it the ‘Aye Aye’ you’ve had it spark off!
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