Big-hearted bookies donate a monkey of winnings at Exeter 24/11/13


I wasn’t down in amongst the action on Sunday so no tales as such but thought I’d pass on some bookie-friendly news.

Exeter Racecourse hosted an 8-race card preceded by a charity race in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance.  Nothing too unusual about that you may think but it was a race with a difference. The horses taking part were Clydesdales ridden by professional jockeys. Two bookmakers, Simon James and Joe Oliver, took bets on the race. The winner was Tom Parker, only a 5/2 chance, but as luck would have it the best winner in what Simon admitted was ‘A very good book bet to a good over-round’.

Sunday racing? No it will never catch on.

Sunday racing? No it will never catch on.

The big-hearted duo’s winnings amounted to a monkey (£500) between them which they promptly donated to the Devon Air Ambulance charity. The local BBC News covered the event which was a real spectacle, check it out in the link below, though sadly no mention of the benevolent bookies.

Clydesdales race at Exeter.

There was a huge crowd to enjoy the card and with just the opening market-leader at a hardly crippling 1/5f obliging, it looks as if the layers got their reward for their generosity long before the Pearly Gates!

My new (and first) book ‘Skint Mob – Tales From The Betting Ring’ is out now, available direct from me or on eBay. Other outlets to follow should the response be a good one. All the details can be found here. Exeter from the late 80’s onward features.

https://simonnottracing.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/tales-from-the-betting-ring-skint-mob/

Skint Mob! Tales From The Betting Ring. OUT NOW

Skint Mob! Tales From The Betting Ring. OUT NOW

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