Tales From The Betting Ring – Wincanton 09/11/13


Wincanton’s big Saturday followed hot on the heels of the Haldon Gold Cup and was once again heaving. Given that Nick Williams, otherwise known in these parts as ‘The Genius Of George Nympton’ had booked the services of a certain AP McCoy to partner his charge Amore Alato in the first, you wouldn’t have to be the love-child of Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple to work out it was fancied. Punters appeared to latch on at around the 3/1 mark and were rewarded with a fairly cosy pillar to post victory.

Wincanton they bet.

Wincanton they bet.

Our old mate ‘Armaloft’ Alex, man about town and generally in the know with the Williams yard was conspicuous by his absence prior to the race. He wasn’t afterwards though, he virtually bounced into the ring with a grin as wide as Cheddar Gorge and twice as cheesy. Was it fancied and did he back it? Of course it was and lumped on accordingly, in fact he was so confident he’d had part of his reproductive organs on it, metaphorically you hope. Yes cheers for that Armaloft.

I would stood by husband and wife team Dave Hazell when a punter came in and had a bet with them ‘Because that’s was my mum’s name’ it happens all the time smiled Dave. I’m assuming they mean Hazel. The second race went to Plein Pouvoir who at 17/2 wasn’t a bad result for the bookies and would have been an unlikely coincidence bet. I did have to Google it to ensure I could write that last bit.

There was a minor scare when it was announced that jockeys and officials would be inspecting the course prior to the third. I have no idea what the issue was but luckily it can’t have been deemed that serious as racing went ahead. Highland Retreat won the race after being clipped in the market from 7/1 into 13/2.

.......and bet.

…….and bet.

Only seven lined up for the next but the race appeared to contain a field of fancied runners with noted bets for several of the combatants. Melodic Rendezvous won the race quite impressively, one bookie reported laying a very early bet of £3000-£500 which must have been nasty as it returned 9/2. Come racing for value.

Had Armaloft had all his winnings on Nick Williams’ Alfie Spinner in the feature Badger Ales Trophy? He’s had a shilling each way at 40/1 was the hardly inspiring reply. Somebody somewhere must have had a shade more than his pre-decimal confidence because the went off at 16/1. It ran very well too finding the David Pipe trained Standing Ovation the only one too good. Now Mr Pipe may well not give a lot way in interviews about the chances of his horses but the money often does the talking. It certainly did in this case with the winner plunged on from 4/1 into 5/2 included a crunching £6000-£2000.

Just prior to the lucky last Armaloft came bounding over to tell me Nick Williams’ Maljimar had just won in France. That was a bit weird because he hadn’t mentioned that the beast was even running let-alone fancied in our previous dialogue. Backing it would have somewhat eased the pain of seeing it get beaten time and time again by Wichita Lineman when backed at big prices in the AP McCoy celebrations on TV.

The lucky last, a bumper, paid host to a right old-fashioned touch when Zulu Oscar was backed from 14/1 into 5/1 getting the bookies in a spin and running for cover, OK, the exchanges. The gamble was landed in no uncertain terms rounding of a proper good day’s racing. Next stop Haldon on Wednesday.

(c) Simon Nott

My Book, ‘Skint Mob – Tales From The Betting Ring’ is on target to be available this week, all details here https://simonnottracing.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/tales-from-the-betting-ring-skint-mob/

Skint Mob - Tales From The Betting Ring

Skint Mob – Tales From The Betting Ring

 

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