I must admit to feeling some cushy week guilt when the on-course teams started sending videos of torrential rain and wind to me.
I’m normally gutted not to be able to go racing, but I do feel I’ve dodged a bullet this year. Normal service as far as my attendance will be resumed shortly.
I checked in with the office for any early business, but it was terrible news from them too, they told me ‘It’s not just the on-course team being affected by the bad weather, the office lunch lady is delayed!’ It’s a tough old game readers, very tough, not just for the on-course mob either.
1:50 – Coral Stewards’ Sprint Handicap (Class 2) (3YO plus) 6f
Zaman Jemil was withdrawn at the start of the race in which 9/2 joint-favourite Monsieur Kodi went on to win cosily for Richard Fahey under Oisin Orr. The withdrawn horse was the other jolly so kicked in a 15p Rule 4. Lofty’s team lost a grand on the race, after having to give back the only decent bet they’d taken.
Over by the champagne bar the Tatts team took £1440 and lost just under £400 of it. Still. Not the end of the world over a jolly.
The office were also affected by the withdrawn horse telling me, ‘ The withdrawn horse was by far the best backed, after all the recalculations it was a small losing start to the final day.’
Over at Galway, Neil Casey had been joined on the pitch by his 78-year-old dad for the day. They took decent money on the first including €2250 – €1000 Ninth Titan and €3200 – €800 the eventual 10/3 winner Enfranchise.
💬 Harriet Cozens, part of winning syndicate Middleham Park Racing XVI, said: “I think there are six of us here today. We were hopeful, very hopeful, as he likes the ground. Callum Pittendreigh his work rider said he had a really good chance today. It depended on whether he could cope with the really soft ground, but they were very, very hopeful for an excellent run – and it’s brilliant that he’s got his head in front again, as he is superb.”
2:25 – Coral Summer Handicap (Class 2) (3YO plus) 1m 6f
If I was on piece work for the number of times Lofty used the word poor, I wouldn’t be.
Let’s just say he wasn’t overly impressed with the business on the rain-lashed rails. His team took a total of £1600 on the second race and lost a grand on top when 9/4 favourite Sweet William won with some ease. Over at the Champagne Bar, Steve’s team took about £3000 and lost a further £3000 over a favourite they were still priced as 5/2 at the off. Two races in and things were looking miserable.
It wasn’t any better in the Hove office either, they told me, ‘We had a one horse book, with Sweet William dominating, including a bet of £7500 – £3000.’
The betting shops didn’t escape either, they reported plenty of £250 and £500 bets over the winner, apparently named after William Haggas.
💬 John Gosden said: “Sweet William only ran a fortnight ago, but he did it really well. He is not a horse to train much at home, let him race, but he has grown up a lot. As soon as he hit the front, he starts looking around and was checking the sign ‘Farewell Frankie’! Next thing Frankie came upside, which focused his mind again”
3:00 – Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 2) (Class 1) (3YO plus) 1m 6f
Next up and a short one. Now, I’m not going to labour the point but the guys and gal on course were working in atrocious conditions.
They really were lucky to take a bet on the race. Lofty’s team did take a bet though, an even £15,000 on the jolly Free Wind. There it was, the chance to make a winning day of getting drenched. They just needed to get her beaten. Over on the posh lawn, it was diabolical, sadly we can’t use videos from RMG courses during racing but the conditions were horrible.
Hannah, Steve and John still managed to take £1500 which must have been a feat. Some of it was on Sumo Sam, a loser for a monkey in a book where the even money at the off favourite was winning £600. Those punters must have been delighted to see their 25/1 fancy go clear and stay there for Paul and Oliver Cole under Tom Marquand. Not as happy as Lofty I’d wager. It tells you poor it was on the rails when our man reported winning £15,2000 on the race. Aye Aye.
The office won too, but to quote Chuck Berry, it goes to show you never can tell, they reported, ‘We got the favourite beaten and we won, but the out and out stayer with a catchy name means we don’t win as much as the odds suggest we might have.’
💬 Oliver Cole said: “Sumo Sam has always been a very good filly. She ran very well at Newmarket on good to soft first time this year, then the ground has probably gone against her she obviously loves it like this.
We have done a lot of stalls work with her since her last run. In her last two races, she has been left and that hasn’t been helpful. She takes a lot of pushing in and a lot of cajoling, and the stalls handlers make it look so easy. We are always standing a few lengths behind because we don’t want to get booted!’
3:35 – Coral Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) (3YO plus) 6f
Next up and the big handicap, it may be a big betting race nationwide but on course it was small fare. Aberama Gold winning at 18/1 was a good result, albeit a modest one. Lofty’s team won £666 and Steve’s £677. Still, not to be sniffed at, another winning race. With three races to go of the ‘Glorious’ meeting.
One of the Star Sports betting shops laid a bet of £6000 – £500 each-way third placed Bielsa.
💬 David O’Meara said: “Owner Evan Sutherland said Aberama Gold would handle the ground better than most, and he was right. I watched it inside and I saw it very clearly really. The loose horse was a bit of a concern early doors, but late on might have been a bit of a help. It was very straightforward. Andrea said the horse travelled beautifully for him, you could keep filling him when those around him were coming off the bridle. For a big heritage handicap like that, Andrea described it as going pretty easily.”
It wasn’t long after the horses splattered through the heavy going in the Steward’s Cup that an inspection was announced. Such were the conditions that the on-course teams didn’t really get too stuck into the next. That proved very prudent, racing was abandoned after the track was deemed unsafe.
Whilst it was very disappointing to lose the last three races, unless you have rain running down your neck and into your underpants I’m guessing, there was a plus side. Thanks to bagging the even £15,000 on the rails and some favourable results, after changing into a dry T-shirt Lofty tallied up that they’d got £14,000 on the rail on the day.
Steve’s team lost about a third of that but ensured a good winning week before exes, which of course are not inconsiderable.
If you are at Galway tomorrow, Neil Casey is there representing Star Sports for day seven, now there’s a festival, so go and see him if you want to back one.
The final word from the office was ‘And then it was gone’ a disappointing end of the meeting for them.
I’ve had the OK to attend the Star Sports-sponsored three-day festival at Brighton next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, followed by the Shergar Cup at Ascot. See you there, or if you can’t make any of them, there’ll be a daily betting ring report.
They tell me that Brighton is nice this time of year… ☀️
Thanks for reading, all week.
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Simon Nott is author of: Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring
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