July 29

SIMON NOTT Ascot King George Day

first_imgAs with a fortnight ago it was raining prior to racing at Ascot, but at least time time I brought my mac along. About an hour before the first I was chatting to one of my old workmates near the SP box when a distraught looking lady approached him. She was on an errand of mercy. Apparently she and her friends had rescued an injured bird. Gesturing up to the one of the computer screens that are used to are used to return the starting prices she asked if he could look after it behind his computer. Now the man in question is an animal lover but had to politely point out that he couldn’t endanger the nations’ racing returns despite the fact he’d love to help the bird. Looking even more concerned she asked if there was anyone who could look after the little bird. The ladies left looking for veterinary assistance for their feathered friend and hoping that there was a happy ending to the story.Princess Margaret Juddmonte StakesWe were ‘up the front two’ betting in the opener. Business had been surprisingly brisk though rather modest in stake size. We never had a hope from a long way out with 2/1 favourite Nyaleti going clear with the nearest rival the other bad one.Porsche HandicapThe betting remained fairly steady but modest in the next, then a gentleman came in for a fairly chunky bet each-way Mustarrid at 7/1, with the fractions, that’s 100-14, always ask for the fractions when you come racing. The whole complexion of the race changed with that bet. Nobody knew the punter but he’d looked the type not to leave it behind often. We badly needed the gelding out of the frame to have any chance of winning in the race.We had little to worry about in that respect, the absolute bogie was beaten a long way out and to top things off 8/1 winner D’Bai was one the punters had left us out of. That’ll do!Gigaset International StakesWe thought we’d coast along and just let the punters make our book for us in the big handicap. Then wallop a punter came crashing into the joint with £70,000 -£10,000 each-way Fastnet Tempest, talk about lopsided – the book went virtually vertical. Those are the sort of bets Star thrives on so it was good to know the big punters know where to find us.Well if, as according to their adverts, a famous lager firm were to write in results for big handicaps the bookmakers would pay them a handsome retainer. Stamp Hill obliging at 50/1 was a blinding result, the places were excellent too though of course our bogie being out of the frame was all that mattered to us. Aye Aye.Then we found out the office laid £500 each way the winner at 50/1. Tames lions this game.King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesBy the time the prices went up for the feature the heavens well and truly opened. The Gambling God’s tears of laughter at their little jokes perhaps.Business was lighter in the feature, no doubt down to the aforementioned weather but a big punter found us with a £25,000 – £5000 each-way Highland Reel and another £5000 – £800 Jack Hobbs that’s 6/1 with fractions – come racing. Those bets made our book only laying a couple of rouf (£400) bets on Enable. The luxury of actually enjoying a champion racehorse winning is a rare one for an on-course bookie, but one the book afforded us today. We just enjoyed the moment and didn’t dare ask the office what they’d done.The Woodridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes.The rain continued to pour which meant business dropped significantly, the big punters presumably either licking their wounds, sat in the dry or negotiating the price of an umbrella.Then right in the hole a punter came in a heaved £16,000 on Tigre Du Terre at 15/8 and they were off. There was little we could do but sit back and hope that we’d not be paying the punter almost double than the race was worth to winning connections. Once again luck was on our side as despite Ryan Moore’s urging the colt appeared to get stuck in the mud – 7/1 winner Raydiance was of course an excellent result.Longines Handicap (For Lady Amateur Riders)With rain still pouring it was a surprise to lay a shrewd source £5000 – £650 each-way Bertiewhittle early. Even more so when a punter came in and asked for a £60,000 – £5000 each-way Supersta so it was those two against the field, and the mud.We were saved by Katie Walsh on 5/1 jolly Georgian Bay beating Bertiewhittle into second. We just had to keep out of trouble in the lucky last.Canisbay Bloodstock HandicapWith the weather like it was today sweltering in top hat and tails at the Royal meeting seemed a distant memory, in some cases fashion was still dictated by the racecourse but it was most welcome. They gave these waterproofs out to punters on their way in.We had our eyes peeled for the various big punters that had come into us during the afternoon though the finale didn’t really look the sort of race people like to lump on, especially given the conditions.They didn’t appear in what was ultimately the poorest race of the day for money fielded but we still had a couple of nasty losers but a winning day was ensured.The 2/1 jolly Royal Associate winning did take the shine off the day, but only the veneer. Next stop Glorious Goodwood. Panamas, linen and loud blazers already sourced, but I’m taking this gift from a lady punter just in case. SIMON NOTT: Reports from the Star Sports pitch at Ascot on King George Day. It proved to be a testing day on both the weather and results front. Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more