SIMON NOTT The Wednesday Review

first_imgNeptune Investment Management Novices’ HurdleBen decided that he’d get stuck into Neon Wolf and if he could get it beaten we’d kick on. He gave the horse a right old fashioned striping. When Matt Chapman poked his camera into the screen he lost us £30k but the off it was £43k. We got it beaten a neck. Ben looked to me and said ‘That was handy I was more worried about the size of the pay-out queue than the money to be honest’.RSA Novices’ ChaseWe got out of jail free on this race, the punters that waded into us all wanted to be on Whisper, and it took out bundles whereas the jolly Might Bite just took the book. Might Bite’s flared nostril was a near £20k turnaround in our favour.Coral Cup Handicap HurdleOnce again the punters made the book in the impossible looking handicap, we had four bad losers, none of which troubled the judge. 16/1 winner Supasundae was very handy for the book, 3-0 to Star Sports but maybe 33/1 third Who Dares Wins would have been a more apt winner.Betway Queen Mother Champion ChaseThe phone had already gone earlier in the afternoon, the office had laid another monster bet, this time £375,000 on Douvan at 1/4. Having laid that we concentrated laying the forecast and distance in the book on course. Had we known that the infamous ‘The Racing Blogger’ had bet the favourite at 2/7 at our lower rails pitch Ben might have considered going again even in harder. ‘Don’t you bock it’ Ben cursed as I suggested the jolly looked beaten, he needn’t have worried. Boom, Star hit the jackpot monster bet in the hod and a banker beaten. Simon NottSIMON NOTT is a freelance racing blogger and author of The Skint Mob. More details at simonnott.co.uk Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country ChaseThe race where traditionally all the staff take an ablutions break as the field go around and around until the favourite wins. On this occasion the jolly was 9/4 Cantlow and only managed third behind 4/1 Cause Of Causes which was small cop in the book.Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap HurdleBen got stuck into 9/2 favourite Divin Bere which took out over £20k at the off. We were delighted as were the rest of the ring when Nick Williams Flying Tiger thwarted the jolly backers springing a right old 33/1 result. A second glance was needed when winnings were a lot less than anticipated, the places had murdered us and taken the shine off the race, you know bookies, there’s never enough.Weatherbys Champion BumperThe punters were keen to plunge on the last. They weren’t doing it eyeball to eyeball with Ben though, he was largely AWOL from the pitch as he fielded questions from the media rather than fielding readies. He was particularly delighted to be interviewed by The Daily Mail, which he described as ‘a dream come true’. Star Sports had 11/2 Carter Mckay for a nice few quid, got him beat but ran into a £5000-£800 each-way the winner Fayonagh. It was still a winning end to what had been the busiest Cheltenham Wednesday anyone could remember and one that definitely went Star’s way. Bring on Thursday, but have the punters got any money left?Tuesday FLASHBACK: Ben interviewed live on ITV by Matt Chapman after Altior’s win in the Arkle…..last_img read more