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Si­mon Nott visits Sal­is­bury and New­bury

SAL­IS­BURY 11/08/16

The lo­cal book­ies had been spoilt for choice yes­ter­day with New­ton Ab­bot,Bath and here at Sal­is­bury to choose from. Plenty were else­where and given the re­sults and busi­ness those that gave Sal­is­bury the swerve prob­a­bly made the right choice.It was back to nor­mal to­day with the massed ranks of lay­ers keen to get stuck in on what was a day of glo­ri­ous sun­shine.

It didn’t start well for the ring in the open­ing totepla­ce­pot Six Places In Six Races Maiden Auc­tion Stakes.On pa­per it looks like 5/4 jolly Carducci get­ting chinned on the line was a re­sult for the books but the win­ner Grav­ity Wave had been backed from 11/4 into 2/1 so a gam­ble landed.

It didn’t go any bet­ter for the book­ies in the sec­ond di­vi­sion when Sea­farer won af­ter be­ing backed from 9/4 into 6/4.One punter got a £900-£400 on the rails, a sleepier one £650-£400 a short while later. It did look at one point in the race as if the jolly was in trou­ble run­ning green but much to his back­ers delight the penny dropped just in time to win a smidge un­der a length from 20/1 shot Fa­mous Dy­nasty. The pun­ters ap­peared to stay in the bar for the tote­quad­pot Avail­able At All UK Meet­ings Hand­i­cap with busi­ness re­ported as slow and small on the rails. ‘Just as well there were no lumps’said one layer reach­ing for a bun­dle of fivers af­ter mar­ket-leader Mia Te­soro won the race hav­ing been sup­ported from 9/2 into 7/2.

Pro­ceeded by two win­ning favourites and a well-backed sec­ond-in it was a sur­prise to see staff on the Andrew Wrench joint tuck­ing in to ice creams.When I say staff I mean Mossy, prob­a­bly the old­est workman on the track, mak­ing short work of what was prob­a­bly a four quid cone.I am some­what ashamed to ad­mit that I’d as­sumed he’d dipped the smash, but no, boss Andrew had one as well and sanc­tioned the ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds for the re­fresh­ment,not all book­ies are chis­ellers!

There was a short one to get stuck into in the totepool Live Info Down­load The App Maiden Stakes. It al­ways was the rule to get the short-one in the book be­fore tak­ing bets on any­thing else in races like this. One layer cer­tainly did that when he priced Tiger­wolf up at 4/11. It was a maiden af­ter all and even Ref­er­ence Point got beat first time out.The price didn’t stay there for long, a punter waded in with a

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