Tales from ring
Simon Nott visits Salisbury and Newbury
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