Newton Abbot 27th September 2021

The talk of the betting ring before racing was about Gary Wiltshire’s appearance on Luck On Sunday, most couldn’t believe it was 25 years ago when he became part of racing folklore. I was working for bookie Dave Phillips back in 1996, when Gary did his cobblers in style on Frankie’s magnificent seventh winner at Ascot. Dave did his maximum on the last but we all cheered Frankie as a firm knowing we’d just witnessed history, mind you, he didn’t have to sell his house like poor old Gary.

There weren’t many thoughts of history being made here at Newton Abbot today. Plenty of bookmakers had turned up here rather than Bath where many would also hold pitches. You can be sure at both venues bookies would be checking the results at the other. Hoping that all the favourites had gone in? You thought that, not me! There was a first though, today’s racing report is being sponsored by Goodwin Racing in an association that I hope will flourish. They were keeping me informed throughout the afternoon via Sam known to his mates in the office as ‘Telf’, so Telf it is from here on in.

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Just prior to the opening race it started to bucket down, at least on the betting ring side of the stand, the paddock was still basking under a clear blue sky. The books were betting around 5/1 the field so no lumps were anticipated or indeed tendered in the ring. Johnny Boy on Dick Oliver’s joint and Ray for the Ivor Perry firm both said business hadn’t been as busy as the last meeting which had been tremendous. They did enjoy a result of sorts when 11/1 chance Arty Campbell landed the spoils for trainer Bernard Llewellyn under Robert Williams. I say ‘of sorts’ because the winner had been 16/1 in the morning. Nobody reported laying it in the ring though. Telf in the Goodwin office reported that their bogie was 6/1 chance Magical Thomas. Speaking after the race the winning jockey told Hayley Moore that the winner had been a decent horse in the past but had been hard to work out. He added that the gelding had almost been retired and sent to the Racing School, concluding with the caveat that today’s race had been a poor one. With those comments in mind it wasn’t a total surprise that there was no bid in the subsequent auction.

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The racecourse enjoyed both sunshine and rain during the punting for the next. The betting largely revolved around Evan Williams’ Loved Out and Paul Nichols’ Wise Glory which returned 11/8 joint favourites. That wasn’t the whole story though, Telf in the Goodwin office told me that there had been good money for David Pipe’s Flammarion at 5/1 and 9/2. The money was well-placed, the gelding won by nearly three lengths from the market leaders returning 4/1. Newton Abbot has seen many an almighty gamble landed by Pond House over the years. This one may not have been an almighty but judging by the smiles in the winner’s enclosure hadn’t gone unbacked by connections. Speaking after the race, Tom Scudamore, delighted to have been described as ‘senior’ by Hayley Moore, said that his mount is ‘quirky’ but things came right today. I recently interviewed the winning trainer, David Pipe for Goodwin. You can watch it here. David Pipe | Goodwin Racing

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Telf told me that the 4/9 favourite Fifrelet was in its place as the only loser in the three horse race but there had been some money for the second-in Bari Breeze. The jolly won as it liked but would have given his money-buying supporters the collywobbles when pecking on landing two out. A double rainbow appeared after the race, it wouldn’t have been ending in any bookie’s hods that’s for sure, nature giving the layers the rub-down.

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While the rain poured down onto the betting ring, business was brisk over at Goodwin Racing, Telf told me that ‘The favourite Docpickedme is very strong, a couple of known shrewd punters have backed it and it’s been the most popular race so far on the card.’ For a while it looked like David Pipe might bag a double on the card as Mr Tambourine Man did his best to nick the race turning for home but ultimately couldn’t hold off Paul Nicholls’ Montys Medoc which won the race at 3/1 under Harry Cobden. The combination scored by a length and three quarters from Pipe’s battler back in second. The shrewdies on the 13/8 jolly left it behind this time, their fancy and money could only manage a further seven lengths back, third.

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Going into the race before the penultimate Telf reported that Goodwin had enjoyed a good spread of business but still had the favourite Espinator a small loser. Most of the bookmakers in the ring reported the same thing. It has to be said that some were a bit miserable. They’d had it spark off at the last meeting and were hoping for more of the same but it was not to be. Sadly for their ledgers a wet Monday was always unlikely to live up to a sunny Friday. They were even more gloomy after the jolly won with micky taking ease returning odds of 7/4 for Adrian Wintle under Kevin Brogan. The winning jockey said that he’d had an armchair ride had jumped well and kept going through the ones that were petering out. Bookie Richard Watson, who is the gift that keeps on giving, grumbled that business was poor, he was soaking wet but still smiling. Now, you are allowed a bit of artistic license but smiling would be stretching it.

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Telf told me that everyone appeared to want to be on the even money jolly Hooper in the penultimate. While Nicky Henderson’s charge was all the rage with the punters, he and jockey Nico de Boinville suffered a race where nothing went right for them. The combination managed to get themselves trapped on the rail which allowed Tom Bellamy on Emma Lavelle’s Shang Tang to take full advantage and kick for home. The jolly then blotted its copybook even further by hanging left when his pilot tried to urge a winning run out of it which meant that where it mattered 5/2 chance Shang Tang was two lengths too good for it. The jockey on the winner reported that his mount will be a lot better on better ground.

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The meeting hadn’t gone the bookmakers’ way either on or off course so far. The best the layers would hope for was a bit of a result in the last. That was a tall order given only four took part. At one point it did look like there might be only three because one of the trainers involved was seen taking a long lonely trudge around the course digging in a heel every few steps a couple of races previously. Telf messaged to say that the punters calling their office wanted to be on the outsider of four, Jeremy Scott’s Tikkinthebox. That was probably very handy for Goodwin as Paul Nicholls’ Mick Pastor under Harry Cobden, the 13/8 favourite ran out the easiest winner of the afternoon, provided trainer and pilot with a double on the afternoon and concluded a day on the turf when most bookmakers, on and off course would have come second.

Don’t tell the bookies but there were no winning favourites at Bath after six races.

Simon Nott

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