SIMON NOTT: Second Round heats (FRIDAY) Two nights of second round action are underway with plenty of short priced favourites on the card. How will the night pan out on the Star Sports on course joint?
LOFTY: I caught up with Star Sports’ greyhound expert Lofty (AKA Martin Chapman) ahead of the first set of second round heats.
The evening started with a punter having a monkey each way Borna Gin for the Derby outright at 20/1. The same dog started 4/7 favourite in the first heat and attracted a bet of £2,000 at the price on the pitch. He duly obliged, only getting up close home, but it was Ben paying out just the same.
Heat 2 saw Whoops Jack open at 11/10 then drift to 11/8. It looked like Ben would have a problem getting the jolly in the book then a punter came in for £3,000 at the price. Once the traps opened the firm didn’t have a hope, there was only ever going to be one winner Whoops Jack first, the rest nowhere. Two nasty races for the good guys (that’s us).
The betting on heat 3 revolved around traps 1 and 2 Lenson Blinder and Black Farren. A scattering of rain appeared to put the punters off but one did have grand on Lenson Blinder at 5/4, the price the pair at the off.
Black Farren did the business again getting up close home while Lenson Blinder was eliminated.
Arguably the heat of the night on paper was heat 4 which featured Bruisers Bullet in Trap 2 and Rising Brandy in trap 4 both at 14/1 for the Derby with us. A punter came in with a monkey each way Rising Brandy at the price while we bet Evens and 5/4 respectively for the heat. Then two punters came in for a £5,000 – £4,000 Rising Brandy.
Bruisers Bullet was out and gone to win from Rising Brandy, the firm were level on the night and back in the game.
Magical Bale opened 4/7 for heat 5. Ben also bet without, a punter waded straight in with a grand at 7/4 trap 1 Calico Brandy in that market.
Then a punter came in with £700 trap 6 without a monkey the jolly straight, they would not be denied!
Bubbly Turbo winning at 8/1 was a fantastic result for the book as it nudged ahead on the night.
Heat 6 looked a lot harder for the punters at 5/2 the field. Then then punters piled in, all on Boylesports Duke, £9,000-£3,000, £1,800 – £600, £1,500-£500.
Running from trap 6 it was enough to make a bookies blood run cold as it ran wide but kicked on then held on well from 5/1 Farloe Hutch at the line. Our spell of basking in glory didn’t last long, the firm were bang in it again.
BEN: Reaction from Ben Keith after the heat 6 setback.
Trap 5 was vacant in heat 7 with Bombers Bullet the even money jolly in the early betting from trap 3. The only bet of note was an even monkey. The jolly looked an unlikely winner over on the far side but ran out an impressive one. There looked to be no coming back with one heat to go.
The 8th and final heat was a very lively betting bout with monkey and bigger bets for three of the six dogs. Sadly most of them were for the winning 7/4 favourite Sporting Dave ensuring a losing night. One plus to take from the night the average cash bet over the heats was £159 – figures that racecourse bookies can only dream about these days. Final losses were four hefty figures though. Recovery mission again tomorrow.
Simon Nott is author of:
Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring