Tales From The Betting Ring – Kempton 07/01/15 @32RedSport Sponsored

When was the last time an all-weather meeting at Kempton boasted the bare minimum six races? Apparently it was way back in 2008 and that was a ‘put in meeting’. The answer to that question in the future will be tonight. Five of the six heats on the card were sponsored by bookies 32Red but not the opener. The racecourse bagged that one with the Jump Racing Here On Saturday Handicap Stakes (Class 7).

Down in the ring there didn’t seem to be a lot of business. However there was enough money about for Boboli Gardens to be backed from 3/1 into 5/2 favourite before landing the £1519 first prize money. The books were probably quite pleased that business has been quite light with the jolly winning and not too much damage was done. I expect 32Red were feeling pretty smug too, having not had the double bump paying out over the winner and sponsorship money.

The Kelross team tap away.

The Kelross team tap away.

The second race on the card, the 32Red On The App Store Maiden Fillies’ Stakes saw 13 runners for the £2279 up for grabs to the winner. Business on the rails was brisk although not especially lumpy. The trouble was the punters only wanted to be on the favourite. Charlie Appleby’s charge Hollie Point was confidently backed from 5/4 into 8/11. 32Red’s sponsor money looked to be going to the market leader when it took it up and quickened clear in the home straight. It’s a long way home when you have committed and so it proved for the punted horse when 8/1 to 10/1 drifter Molly Dolly swooped close home to land the spoils. It appeared there was a least one layer that ‘got his’ allowing himself a little self-indulgent cheer after the winner passed the post.

We've paid the bill, the lights are on.

We’ve paid the bill, the lights are on.

While the more industrious firms got straight to work on the next, the 32Red.com Handicap, others dipped the smash to fund a cafe coffee. They were all back in time to get stuck into what was a pretty competitive market. Pactolous went off the 11/4f while there was plenty of interest for plenty of horses including the eventual winner Brigliadoro sent off at 9/2 having been 5/1. There had been some lively money for Majong on course forcing it into 10/1 from 16/1 but stayed with the books though the result wouldn’t have been a skinner for anyone unless they had a lean-up the winner.

By the fourth race favourite backers may well have been tempted to take advantage of the offer promoted in the title, the £10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.com Handicap (Amateur Riders). It was another competitive looking race (the richest on the card) with a dead eight taking part. The betting told a different story though with just Pivotman (11/4 into 9/4f) and Stock Hill Fair (5/1 into 7/2) seeing any significant support. Turning for home it was just the two in it but at the line it was the jolly that had prevailed under Miss Joanna Mason with the rest toiling in their wake. Let’s hope any punters that did take up the free bet offer saved that tenner for when they are at home and not forsaken the on-course bookies here keeping the show on the road.

Mushes to the ready.

Mushes to the ready.

The penultimate 32Red Casino Handicap was once again well contested with 10 runners. It looked tricky on paper which probably accounted for why the punters didn’t seem to be able to latch on to anything in particular. It didn’t help that the rain had started by the off but the crowd appeared to have swelled to respectable levels none the less. As the race got underway it looked as if the ring and sponsors were going to get the result they had been waiting for. 20/1 shot Take Two had flown for home and seemed like it was going to get there. At least it did for a few seconds because just in the last 100 yards something came flashing from off the pace to break the bookies hearts. The 20/1 shot running for the layers was indeed collared close home by the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Aldeburgh.

Also a 20/1 shot, Aye Aye!

With just two favourites obliging and a ‘result’ in the bag the you’d like to have thought the books were in front. The getting out stakes onus was on the punters with the concluding 10-runner 32RedSport.com Handicap the medium. There was no need to pin-stick because New Rich had been all the rage all day having been as big as 4/1 in the morning I’m told. That trend continued on course, well-backed eventually going off at 13/8f.

Maybe waiting for that close photo.

Where did the jolly go?

Any punters that unloaded what was left of their betting money on the jolly would have regretted it as soon as the stalls opened. New Rich was slowly away and yielded the rear to nobody for most of the race. The gelding’s modest progress when its cause was hopeless would have been little consolation to has backers. It was once again the bookies and the sponsors who became maybe not the new rich but just that little but richer when 12/1 Evident scooted home. The winner was a couple of lengths clear under William Carson from 3/1 second-in Spowarticus concluding a winning night for the layers.

(c) Simon Nott

My  (Award Nominated but sadly unplaced) book ‘Skint Mob – Tales From The Betting Ring’ is a book about the bookies, punters and other wonderful characters I have met in my time on racecourses. There have been some nice reviews. Here’s one from the Independent On Sunday 21/12/14

Independent On Sunday 21 December 2014

If you’d like one you can buy a signed copy  direct  from me via paypal here 


It’s also available on Amazon and on Kindle.


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And one from the Racing Post just before Christmas.



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