Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Ben got stuck into Melon and had it for over £20k at the off. Fortune favoured the brave and we got off to a flying start when Labaik sprang a 25/1 surprise. The cigars proved popular as celebration for us was a Hamlet moment for the punters. Well most of them, news reached us that our pitch on the rail laid a bottle (£200) each-way at 33/1 the winner. Where’s that cigar.
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase
We laid the first monster bet of the meeting £100,000 – £400,000 Altior. Just when it looked like Charbel might have the short one under the cosh he came down, thankfully unhurt. We got a bit back when we copped the ‘special’ 11/10 to win by over 10 lengths money. Nicky Henderson thought Altior would have won anyway, we’ll never know but a shame we were robbed of the chance to find out.
Ultima Handicap Chase
Ben got to work again this time getting stuck into Singlefarmpayment and would not be denied going a market-topping 6/1 to get him in, our liabilities were over £20k at the off. A big aye aye went up when the Un Temps Pour Tout chinned the bogie a short head. The result was never in doubt of course.
Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
We took a chunk on Brain Power at 7/1 so spent the race trying to bet up to it. Fielding some nasty each-way money for Wicklow Brave and My Tent Or Yours in the process. The latter getting placed cost us but Buveur D’Air was a small winner in a book that still had Brain Power losing £40k, well I did say we took a chunk.
OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
Ben went down the book with the front two then got stuck into Limini again. We had her for five-figures then we got the call from the office that the jolly was their worst in the book too, in total she would cost us £125,000. That stayed in the bag as well when she could only manage third, more cigars for the punters please.
JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase
Tiger Roll was a cracking result, we were on a roll, second placed 50/1 shot Missed Approach would have been a skinner but I suppose that’s getting a bit greedy.
Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
Nicely in front we got our heads down and filled the hod. The punters happily obliged and waded in. We let them make our book for us. There were a few hairy moments including a bet of £1500 each-way at 25/1 Hammersly Lake. We kept that and a nice few quid on top when 8/1 shot Tully East got the money. As luck would have it for some reason punters had pretty much left us out which resulted a cracking last race cop. Bring on the Wednesday. We’re ready, Ben says this is the year, more cigars on order.
SIMON NOTT is a freelance racing blogger and author of The Skint Mob. More details at simonnott.co.uk