Granville’s Betting Gossip: There was plenty of betting money flying about at Trebudannon for the eight races at the Four Burrow meeting. Unfortunately my cash flew in the wrong direction – straight into the bookies satchels.
David Phillips and Rich Pittard again did duty for the layers, and continued the innovation of taking telephone bets from punters at home watching the live streaming.
All eight favourites were beaten, starting with Honest Opinion who drifted from 4-5 to 5-4 in the face of good money for The Dartmoor Rose (6’s to 5-2). The mare made up for a moderate display at Maisemore Park last month, but in fairness that race has thrown up three subsequent winners apart from the blooming rose. Newcomer Benny’s Miracle was cut from 3’s to 6-4 in a weak market and showed promise to finish third.
Eric The Third (6-1) had won his share of races over jumps in his time, but was in the winner’s circle for the first time for two and a half years in the 12 –runner veterans event. Now with John Heard, and competently ridden by Charlotte Summersby, the gelding kept on strongly to hold a gallant effort from Awesome Tunes (7-1). 2-1 joint favourites Purple N’ Gold (from 7-2) and Soul Kaliber (from3’s) failed to sparkle.
It was unusual to see digital odds of 7-5 displayed against Port O’Clock’s name in the Conditions. That didn’t stop him from making all the running after a protracted duel with Crown of Thorns (1-2 to 2-5 fav), who went down fighting in trying to give the winner 6 lbs.
River Myth (evens to 4-6) was the next jolly to keep the bookies smiling in the Men’s Open. She led until four out, but weakened quickly at the next. Despite looking in need of the race, 4-1 chance Los Alamos ran down Talk of the South (8-1) in the home straight. The winner is by Galileo and had been in the doldrums since winning for Joseph O’Brien in the colours of J P McManus in his younger days.
Master Baker (evens to 4-5 fav) and Chosen Lucky (11-10) jousted at the head of the market for the Ladies’ Open, but a bet of £500 to £50 was enough to see The Last But One cut from 10’s to 6’s. He duly obliged thanks to a fine display of jumping under Chloe Emsley. Master Baker ran his usual genuine race to finish runner up, but age has caught up with him nowadays and his owner announced his honourable retirement afterwards.
The defeat of well fancied horses was getting a bit monotonous now, but worse was to come for one punter. A gamble on four-year-old Snow Stoppin Him went badly astray. He was forced down from 8-1 to even money (bets of £ 800 to £100 and £400 to £100 were noted) in the first Maiden won by front running Party Tunes (2’s to 6-4). This easy winner was the middle leg of a fine treble for jockey Darren Edwards and trainer Dean Summersby.
The same combination came good in the second Maiden when Russian Invasion (5-2) sauntered home impressively from the only other finisher of the nine starters What a Bug (20-1). This time there was an amazing plunge on Bourbon Prince, seen at 8’s early before going off a shade of odds on (4-6). A former flat racer, he had shown a modicum of ability in points but had been off the track for over two years.
The two market leaders fought out the finish of the getting out stakes with the Fran Nimmo trained Kinondo Kwetu (3-1) completing a double for Will Biddick. The useful looking five-year-old overhauled Funky Sensation (2’s to 4-5 fav) in the home straight.
I suppose my regular readers of Granville’s betting gossip (both of you?) will want to know how I contributed to the bookies profits. Well, it was easy. Four bets, four losers – but I will be back at Flete. There’s never a last race for Granville’s Betting Gossip.
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