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SIMON NOTT: Tales From The Ring Curragh Saturday

CURRAGH SATURDAY: SIMON NOTT reports from the Star Sports pitch at The Curragh on 2,000 Irish Guineas. No Guineas arriving at the joint, but there were Euros and even Swiss Francs too. Did they find their way back or did the results of the afternoon produce a favourable exchange rate to the layers?

Curragh!!! As you’d expect, the Curragh was much busier and buzzier today than Friday. The first race was still a bit quiet business-wise but that was to be expected as most people were getting their first look at the new stand.

1:50 Foran Equine Irish European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden

After they’d finished admiring the impressive architecture racegoers were treated to a tremendous performance on the turf too when 10/1 chance Daughter In Law absolutely trounced her rivals. Kieran Cotter’s filly had been easy in the market so an excellent start for the ring too.

We thought we’d been had when a 10 Swiss Franc note turned up in a bundle of Euros. A quick check on the exchange rate revealed that it was in fact around 11% in our favour, every little helps Aye Aye!

2:25 Heritage Hotel & Spa Handicap

The second race on the card was steady betting. We were a little unfortunate to run into the 10/1 winner Blairmayne which had been weak in the market (8/1 out to 10/1). It would have been another decent result for most of the ring but was our bogie.

Our friend Marcella betting at The Curragh on Saturday.

3:00 Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 2)

The third on the card was another tricky heat betting around 4/1 the field the nine runners. It was possibly a bit too tricky as the punters stood back. Those that did have a bet generally kept bet stakes modest.

One punter had a monkey each-way Ardhoomey at 9/1 as they were going in the stalls to make things a bit more interesting.

Luckily for us the each-way bet was just out of the frame but the 5/1 winner, Jamie Spencer’s mount, Mr Lupton has been popular with the small bets whose bets added up enough to make it a loser in the book.

3:35 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1)

The sun came out during the betting for the Irish 2,000 Guineas and so did the punters. The race came alive with the two principals in the betting Too Darn Hot and Magna Grecia flip-flopping for favouritism. We laid cash €1000 bets on both of them in their turn at 13/8 resulting in a good old fashioned ‘up the front two’ book.

We couldn’t have written in a much better result. Jamie Spencer winning again, this time on Charlie Hills’ 16/1 shot Phoenix Of Spain was a fantastic result, especially with the book we had, ‘Almost too good’ according to Neil on the joint.

4:10 Lanwades Stud Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2)

There was a fear that business would dry up after the feature race, especially with an unfavourable result for the punters. Unfounded fears as it turned out, the punters keen to get stuck again. They all wanted to be on the jolly, I Can Fly, backed from 13/8 in 11/8f. All their money stayed with the good guys, that’s us, when the jolly had to settle for second behind 8/1 winner Beshaayir under Frankie Dettori. Another belting result for the ring.

4:45 FBD Hotels & Resorts Handicap

The betting had only just started for the penultimate when JP McManus wandered into the ring. Of course the bookies were keeping a close eye on him but he appeared to just be passing pleasantries, not betting. His apparent non-participation was no doubt a relief to all those books well in front and this a 9/2 the field handicap. Now retired on-course bookmaker Richard Power came to the pitch to wish us well. It was Richard’s before Star Sports bought it from him.

Given the race looked a tricky one to solve, the punters piled in once again. Frankie Dettori’s mount Lethal Power was very well backed, hence very bad in the book as well as second-in Downdraft. We really needed yet another result in a race which hosted two worst potential losers of the day.

We got one too, 10/1 winner Insignia Of Rank was another excellent result in our book, it was just the way it came in but we’ll take that.

5:20 New Curragh Handicap

The last race was a lot quieter, hardly surprising given the results the punters had endured this afternoon. The race went to Karasi the 4/1 joint second favourite but the worst in the book. The punters got some back and we get to go into Sunday in front over the two days.

Simon Nott

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