Tales From The Betting Ring – Sandown ‘Bet Victor – Tingle Creek’ 07/12/13


Sandown they bet

Sandown they bet

What Christmas gift can you get for a fabulously wealthy and flamboyant bookmaker who would appear to want for nothing? Well, judging by events before racing the answer to that would be, a reliable alarm clock. One well-known man about the rails and ring was late on parade so missed his pitch. I will spare his blushes by not mentioning his name but it appeared he was not best pleased to not be betting on one of Sandown’s busiest Saturday’s of the year.

Some times it can be dangerous to surmise things you see. A trainer was spotted at the rails before the first. It has oft been said that if this particular gentleman is resplendent in his best suit then he fancies he’ll have a winner. So seeing this one dressed in a very dapper brown tweed two-piece talking to a major bookmaking firm’s rep, who then got straight on the phone was too much for one snooper to resist. A glance at the card informed that the trainer had indeed a runner in the first, and at a very juicy 33/1. The sharp-eyed observer put two and two together and acted accordingly.

Well he and all he told did get a thrill as the horse showed up well for a long way, but by the business end of the race was out with the washing. Vaniteux won the race at 7/2 just touching off the jolly. There were ashen faces when news came through from Chepstow that the erroneously followed-in trainer had just had a 33/1 winner. Was he on that one after all? Due to to customer confidentiality we’ll never know, but judging by the grins from some on the rails it’s quite possible.

The not so astute observer’s woes were compounded when same said trainer saddled the next winner on Sandown’s card at 12/1. Thoughts of missed opportunities of  life-changing doubles had to be quickly dismissed for the sake of sanity. Of course it’s quite possible both winners were a shock to our training hero and he didn’t have a shilling on either, best to hold that thought in similar situations.

Ron Wadey was betting on big race at Aintree as well as the home meeting, he obviously expected decent business but wasn’t quite expecting to fall into a £5000-£300 each-way one (that’s 16/1 with the fractions, come racing for value). Not going to panic but he wasn’t going to stand it all either was his reaction. Back at Sandown Saphir Du Rheu for Paul Nicholls was victorious under Daryl Jacob at 8/1, it could have been worse for the books had Whisper or Upswing won.

The same combination were successful again in the next with Hinterland at 13/2, it wasn’t a bad result for the layers though as most of the money had been for Taquin Du Seuil backed from 11/4 into 9/4f.

There was drama of the highest order in the next. That drama was preceded by some spirited betting. Daryl Jacob’s mount Urbain De Sivola came in for support backed from 15/2 into 9/2 though that was hardly a surprise having already had the two previous winners. River Maigue was a popular and sent off 10/3 favourite after attracting a bet of £14,000 – £4,000. The drama in the race involved the last hurdle when Deep Trouble was two lengths up and going well when it veered badly right. Quite how Leighton Aspell stayed on board his mount is anyone’s guess but stay on he did and still manned to scramble home in front sans stirrups . If it was exciting to watch that was nothing compared to the fright of their lives the ranks of racecourse photographers got as the gelding looked to be heading straight for them. The result was half a dozen burly snappers doing passable impressions of Tom Daley as they dived to avoid their potential doom. While everyone was in awe of  the jockey’s prowess there were no doubt some punters muttering under their breath with the two best-backed horses filling the minor placings.

Ron Wadey couldn’t spot the horse he’d laid to lose £5k with the places on the big screen away. ‘I looked on Betfair and it was 1000/1 in running so I assume it fell’. You’d also have to assume he didn’t throw away a fiver at that price just in case, but you never know.

The feature  Tingle Creek was sponsored by bookmakers BetVictor, it’s quite possible they could have wished for a better result than well-backed  7/4 joint favourite Sire De Grugy winning the race after attracting some lumpy support in the ring.

The final race of the day was a competitive handicap chase and a tricky looking getting-out stakes. For punters who had already done all their readies bookie Barry Johnson was at hand, he takes debit cards. ‘We only took two bets on the race using cards’ admitted the young lady on the joint, she said it depended on what they had to come if the winning punters are paid in cash.

'That'll do nicely sir'

‘That’ll do nicely sir’

Buddy Bolero was all the rage going off at 10/3 after attracting a wager of £8000 – £2000 but the race went to the jockey of the moment Daryl Jacob on There’s No Panic. Paul Nicholl’s charge was supported from 11/1 into 9/1 completing a  treble but still a fair result for most of the layers who had been kept on their toes on a busy day.

Assuming the bookies all won maybe they should chip in for that alarm clock and post it to, The Big House, Sunningdale!

(C) Simon Nott

Skint Mob! is a 200 page king-sized paperback book with full colour photographs. It brings to life the betting rings of UK racecourses from Aintree to Ascot and Newton Abbot to Newbury via point to points and the odd nip into a betting shop. The author uses his own experiences working for bookmakers since the late 1980′s as a vehicle to bring to life the colour and characters of that most vibrant and exciting of habitats. Add a liberal sprinkling of humour and you have a must-read for all fans of UK racing and its unique atmosphere. Cost £9.99 plus postage. 

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