After a combination of dodging bullets and bookie-friendly results the firm were going into day 3, traditionally ‘Ladies Day’, in front. Since I’ve been on the firm at least, that’s unprecedented. The guys in the office were chomping at the bit to kick on, get stuck in and eyeball the punters.
1:10 – Mirabeau En Provence Handicap (Class 3) (3YO only) 5f
The first race went to 9/1 chance Glamorous Anna. A tremendous result for the book. Well, at least you’d think so. Sadly, ‘Inlike’ Flynn was in touch with the bad news almost as they passed the post. The winner was the only loser in the book, in addition to a plethora of small bets placed by punters who found the winner, bigger wagers included £5000 – £500, £6375 – £750 and £2250 – £250 each-way.
1:45 – Unibet You’re On Handicap (Class 2) (3YO only) 1m 2f
You really do have to feel for those racecourse bookmakers forced to be sat at home when 50/1 winners like Junkanoo win. The off-course show goes on however, I hope cries of ‘Pay Pay’ went up from ‘Inlike’ and the boys and girls in the trading room as the skinner scooted clear. Bets left behind in its wake included, Magnetised £2750 – £1000, £3000 – £1000, £600 -£200 x2 and £1375 – £500 as well as a £6800 – £1000 on Al Salt dropped into the hod. That’s more like it.
2:15 – Qatar Richmond Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (2YO only) 6f
It didn’t take long to have to pull it back up again, despite Yazaman going off the 13/8f and having to settle for runner-up spot, the 11/2 winner Supremacy was by far the worst in the book. Bets included £7500 – £1500, £8750 – £1750, £1500 -£300. ‘Inlike’ displayed some stoicism chipping into the blog with ‘Winner worst result in the book by miles. Behind on the day but all to play for with still 4 races to go’.
2:45 – John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3YO only) 1m 4f
And back it bounced again, English King was all the rage, bets included £3600 – £3000 x2, £3750- £3000, £1250 – £1000, £900- £750 and £1200- £1000 backed pretty much to the exception of anything else in the race. Victorious 9/2 shot Mogul was an excellent winner in the book ‘For five figures’ which set the good ship Star Sports back on course to a third profitable day in a row.
3:15 – Qatar Nassau Stakes (Fillies’ Group 1) (Class 1) (3YO plus) 1m 2f
Magic Wand was 4/1 early but was sent off 9/4 ‘top of the head’ jolly after bets of £9000 – £4000, £1800 – £800, £900- £300, £5250 – £1500, £600 – £200 £450 – £200 x4, there was also a £6000 – £2000 for Nazeef but the morning favourite, now 11/4 chance, Fancy Blue was described by Inlike Flynn as ‘friendless’. The filly had plenty of mates in the office after her victory, though it would be a lie to say that 20/1 runner-up One Voice wouldn’t have been better. A winning race on a result that on paper could have been catastrophic.
3:45 – Gusbourne Nursery (Class 2) (2YO only) 7f
A famous lager maker’s masterful marketing slogan springs to mind. If they did results, they probably would be a bit like this one. Mark of The Man winning at 12/1 was a cracker. Not least because the market leader William Bligh was plunged upon, bets included £6875 -£5000, £1375 -£1000 x2 £4813 -£3500 and £3125 – £2500. The other wager of note was Study The Stars £10,500 – £750 each-way. The jolly had been 9/4 in the morning but as you can see most of the big bets were done at the shorter odds. It was all academic in the end, Mark Of A Man was a skinner, the virtual readies went into the bag and didn’t come out again. Aye Aye the good guys.
4:20 – British European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) (Class 2) (2YO only) 7f
The word from the office after the 8/1 victory of Spirit of Bermuda was from Sam, it simply read ‘Quiet race – with all jolly’s beat so far today I think the punters were sitting this one out shell shocked’. Well of course we all feel sorry for Star Sports punters, but it would have been nice if they gone on the Chevvy Chase and plunged on 11/8f Teodolina which could only manage fourth, only if they could afford to lose of course, bet responsibly.
4:55 – Tatler Nursery (Class 2) (2YO only) 5f
Going into the lucky last there was a hotpot in Winter Power which if lumped upon could knock some of the shine off the day, the traders were braced for those lumps. They didn’t come, the only real bet of note was an even £3500 on the jolly which returned a shade of odds-on at 10/11. That bet stayed in the bin behind 10/3 chance Acklam Express which won like an odds-on shot. ‘Good result mate’ was Sam’s summing up. You may have noticed ‘Inlike’ had left the building without even saying goodbye sometime during the afternoon. How rude. Mind you, social niceties don’t matter too much when you’ve had the third winning day on the trot at Glorious Badwood. Bring on Friday….
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