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Horse RacingJune 1, 20210

Backing them down

The three racecourse bookmakers I worked for regularly were all very different. The first one, Jack Lynn, an old-school bookie, he was D Day veteran, or as he’d always correct, ‘second-wave’ with the Welsh Guards. You had a better chance of coming home if you weren’t in the first wave.

Horse RacingMay 28, 20210

News Roundup

Trainer George Baker has hit out at the levels of prize money in the UK. Talking on Goodwin TV he said, ‘It would be wonderful if in a few years’ time on a mid-week meeting we were running around for rather more than a chocolate cake and a rosette which is what is happening now.’

Horse RacingMay 25, 20210

Epsom Racecourse Gallops 24/05/21

On Monday, One Ruler and John Leeper, both intended runners for next month’s Derby, were put through their paces on Epsom turf. Below are the reactions to their performances by their trainers as reported originally by Jockey Club News.

Horse RacingMay 24, 20210

Weekend Winners

My weekend started up at Bath Racecourse on Friday. There were eight races with paying customers and bookmakers on the course for the first time since March 2020. It rained and blew a gale for most of the day, and nobody gave a hoot, it was smiles all around, a real party atmosphere. The beginning of the end of our Covid nightmare has begun. The bookmakers all reported that the punters were keen to bet and to bet in cash. Happy days.

Horse RacingMay 21, 20210

Drone Wars and Bookies’ Woes

Some racecourse bookmakers have been up in arms over Royal Ascot’s decision to limit their crowd to just 4000 this year. They aren’t complaining about that figure, or that they will be made up of members, box holders and people eating in the restaurants. No, some of the layers aren’t happy that bookmaker numbers have been limited to just a dozen to service those punters.

Horse RacingMay 19, 20210

When a Gamble Isn’t a Gamble

The Racing Press did its best to brighten up Monday with an on-line story about another attempted multiple ‘gamble’. The punting had apparently taken place overnight on horses from the same stable. Phrases like ‘the bookmakers were running scared’, ‘braced for a huge pay out’ and all that sort of thing no doubt being readied as the first horse went to post. None of the selections won and the trainer was annoyed that his name had been linked to what looks a likely cry of wolf.

Horse RacingMay 17, 20210

Weekend of Classy Performances

Racing fans enjoyed a TV viewing, still sadly not race going, treat over the weekend with some pulse pumping performances out on the turf as the big guns were produced from some of the top yards. It was a mostly rewarding weekend for punters who like to get stuck into the short-ones in the class races.

Horse RacingMay 14, 20210

Classic Pointers

There was a shock to some serious backers in Wednesday’s Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (Group 3) when Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall obliged at 14/1. The 11/10 favourite Noon Star was 3 ¾ lengths back in second with 15/8 Teona half a length further back in third. Instagram horse racing fans have latched on to an account @thepunter2020 which is the handle for professional punter Martin Raymond. Martin has been sharing his life and tipping ‘wheelbarrow jobs’ on the site for a while now.

Horse RacingMay 12, 20210

Drones the final Frontier

During lockdown, racecourses have been devoid of paying customers and so quiet during the race that you have been able to hear the light crack of the ProCush, the shouting of the jockeys and if you listened carefully the gentle buzz of an array of drones overhead. Whilst helicopters were in the past nick-named the eye in the sky, it would be difficult to hazard a guess just how many eyes are behind each of those unmanned flying objects.  

Horse RacingMay 11, 20210

A Tale of two Gambles

Saturday saw two big-priced odds-tumbling ‘gambles’ landed either side of the Irish Sea. The first over at Cork in division two of the Mallow Handicap Hurdle when Call Me Freddie snatched victory from the jaws of defeat having been backed from an early priced 40/1 into an SP of 11/4 favourite. This one had all the hallmarks of a classic touch.

Horse RacingMay 10, 20210

Chester Boodles Meeting

Wednesday The first of the three-day meeting’s big prizes, the Weatherbys ePassport Cheshire Oaks (For The Robert Sangster Memorial Cup) went to Mark Johnston’s Dubai Fountain under Franny Norton. Despite going off favourite the punters weren’t too keen on the filly, she drifted from 11/8 to 13/8 in the live betting.