GLORIOUS GOODWOOD Day 3 Tales From The Ring

first_imgGLORIOUS GOODWOOD THURSDAY: Simon Nott is on the Sussex Downs this week reporting on the action in the betting ring and the big bets laid at As half-time approaches it’s 1-1 between backers and layers. Could the books take the lead on Thursday?Having got back most of Tuesday’s losses yesterday, the firm were hoping to kick on. As with the other bookmakers in the ring there were not inconsiderable expenses to win before any thoughts of getting a living, with three days to go another good winning day was required.We suffered a blow before racing even started when lynchpin of the firm Michelle had to seek out a doctor for what appeared to be a nasty eye infection.Before Racing unofficial bookmaker best-turned out award went to Rocky and Paul on the Kelross firm.For those who haven’t seen it, Rocky Roberto was a recent interviewee CLICK HERE1:50 Matchbook Best Value Exchange HandicapBetting in the opener was lively if not hefty. At the off we had Rock Eagle and Al Jellaby bad losers with Completion a taker.It was just the way it came in to us but the winning 7/2 favourite Communique won over a grand in the book. Lofty didn’t have a lean up… honestly Ben.2:25 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 2)Betting underway for the second and poor Michelle had been directed to hospital by the racecourse doctor. At the off we had God Given and Precious Ramotswe the two losers and Pilaster a small winner with just two working the busy rail. It looked like yours truly was going to have to come out of ‘working the pitch’ retirement.Pilaster the 11/4 second-favourite scrambled home by a short-head from the 16/1 bookies result in second. The firm had got out of jail on short ones twice but were careful not to advertise the fact to fellow layers doing their brains. Then ‘bing bong’ Steward’s Enquiry which is just what you don’t need when working two-handed. People hog the joint waiting to be paid then all want paying at the same time when the result is called. The last thing you want in the Punter Good Humour Stakes is a fancied horse disqualified.3:00 Qatar Richmond Stakes (Group 2)Despite a fairly lengthy enquiry the result stood, the punters were paid and Jamie cracked on with betting on the next. Betting was once again steady, £400 the biggest bet of the race on Land Force but plenty of horses backed with Land Force and Marie’s Diamond the bogies at the off.Land Force winning put us back to level on the day but the majority of our neighbours would have been well in it. We’d got away with it so far, three short ones winning in as many races.All eyes on the big screen, what they saw wasn’t good.3:35 Qatar Nassau Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 1)While tapping away on the next Lofty was nearly, yes nearly, lost for words when a punter that’s long been on the missing list approached the joint. This particular gentleman was a huge hitter a few years ago, regularly walking up and down the rail backing horses to win four and sometimes five figure sums with each firm depending on the strength of them. Lofty braced himself for a lump but was surprised when a modest by his past standards was tendered. It was good to see him back in the ring, big punters always add a buzz.At the off the book was described as ‘a funny one’ by Lofty. The two outsiders and Rhododendron the losers.Funny or not, it meant that 4/1 winner Wild Illusion was an excellent result and put us right back in front again.I had to do a double take when checking the prices on the Olympic Board just down from Star Sports on the rails, a familiar face in racing but not so much the betting ring. I wonder if he’ll be writing a piece.4:10 Telegraph NurseryThe Nursery looked fiendishly hard, there had been a whisper circulating for More Than This. The word had evidently been backed up with money – opening the 7/2 favourite.I checked up on the Tatts pitch, they were missing Michelle and pretty much losing what the rails pitch were winning. Senior Rank on the pitch Dave Seeley (employed to attract ladies of a certain age, we understand the value of the ‘grey pound’) seemed quite hot and asked if I was OK just wandering about, obviously doesn’t understand!By the time I’d got back to the rails the gamble on the tip horse had gathered steam, the only one the punters wanted to be on (after easing to 4/1) and red in the book for almost £5,000. The worst loser in any on-course book the firm had so far this Glorious Goodwood. We needed the racecourse rumours to be proven wrong here.Sadly ‘they’ knew. The gamble was landed More Than This made all returning 7/2 favourite. An absolute disaster.4:45 Markel Insurance British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10)The penultimate heat was very quiet, which was surprising as most of the punters must have been flush.There was a bit of support for Rux Power but it was only really the jolly Mehdaayih they wanted to be on with us. Despite being a poor race the jolly still lost us four-figures after the delayed start.Getting the jolly beaten was small mercies but the winner Accordance was one of the smaller cops in the book.I was helping Lofty and Jamie on the pitch when a gentleman, who turned out to be the owner of More Than This, came to draw a nice few quid. He was absolutely ecstatic, over the moon to have a winner at Glorious Goodwood. His happiness was infectious and eased the pain of the firm doing their cobblers just a bit.5:20 Tatler HandicapI helped take bets on the last, I forgot how much I enjoyed it, though will be going back to our digs looking like a Swan Vesta. Betting was steady and winner Lord Riddiford a fair cop in the book.So after three days it’s now 2-1. Actually make that 1-2 Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img

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