Tales From The Betting Ring – Kempton 01/10/13


October is the month when it dawns that you’ve had the last knockings of summer. On the plus side names like Exeter, Wincanton and Cheltenham do brighten up the month’s timetable but there are also plenty of meetings like tonight. An 8-race all-weather card of little consequence.

Kempton has enjoyed well-attended evening meetings for most of the summer but not tonight. To say punters were scarce is a bit of an understatement. Being the canny folk they are some of the regular bookies must have anticipated it because they had obviously decided to give the meeting a swerve too. Having said that the races are of little consequence, I am of course wrong, at least as far as the owners and connections of the horses taking part on races worth less than £2k to the winner are concerned.

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A win for your pride and joy is a win and there did look to be a gaggle of punters who all had one horse on their mind when they piled out of the bar just before the advertised start of the first. Champagne Sydney was the one they wanted to be on, and were it appeared to the tune of a couple hundred quid at 9/2 and 4/1 a head with a couple of bookies. It also appeared the big-gun had waited in the wings before wading in with what looked like a house-brick sized lump of readies at 4/1 to cheers from the ‘crowd’. The layer he approached stuck his chest out and fielded the bet as if was £2, putting on a brave face and wanting to encourage punters into the ring no doubt. He didn’t divulge the actual size of the bet, possibly because of customer confidentiality or maybe because it hosed in. Closer inspection of the card revealed that the two-year-old is owned by ‘The Sydney Arms Racing Club’, now where ever that hostelry maybe you can have a press-up that there was a bit of a party there last night.

There was another lump offered up a bit later on, this time a £7500 – £1500 on Intiba in the fourth but that money proved less inspired finishing last.  The other race of punting interest was the penultimate where Take The Lead was backed into 5/1 from 4/1 probably down to Richard Hughes being on a treble, Jarrow was also backed from 14/1 into 8/1 the former was beaten into second by 6/1 shot Pettochside with Jarrow down the field. The books on course did bet to a fair margin  but if you can only field money on two horses that is a purely hypothetical figure.

Richard Hughes didn’t have to wait long for his treble getting 10/1 Gung Ho Jack home by a nose in the last. The racing may not be ever going to make headlines but as displayed by the huge roar from the connections of the first winner or the nose and short-head winning distance of the last race finish it can be no less exciting.

Come all-weather racing mid-week, there’s room!

(c) Simon Nott

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dave Tyler on October 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Good stuff as ever, but a few more typos than usual. Were you on the last winner Simon ?

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    • Hi Dave thanks for that, I picked up three after your comment, thanks, it’s amazing how blind to them you are when you write them yourself! No I didn’t back any winners at the meeting, far too hard for me.

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  2. Hope it wasn.t raining there as much as it is here! The punters would have a wet shirt as well as losing it.

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