Hal­don hill still can thrill

Si­mon Nott gets back on the jumps cir­cuit

Racing Ahead - - TALES FROM RING -

mas­ter of cer­e­monies in the pa­rade ring and win­ner’s en­clo­sure. Maybe her mind was wan­der­ing when she ap­peared to in­form the race­course that the ‘jock­eys were get­ting mar­ried’ as op­posed to mounted in the last.The book­ies were the ones well and truly shafted and in the red when Karl Marx was backed from 5/1 into 7/2 and landed the gam­ble by a head from 16/1 shot Culm Coun­sel­lor.Nasty for the book­ies but it had been lovely to be back up on Hal­don Hill all the same.

It was also great to hear the news that ‘Le­glock’Luke Har­vey has bagged a bit of work with ITV when they take over rac­ing cov­er­age. He’s such a like­able chap I’m sure he’ll do well.As soon as he’s a house­hold name I’m also sure he’ll be a shoe-in for I’m A Celebrity and eat­ing the unmentionable in the jun­gle – the sky’s the limit Luke!


As op­posed to Exeter kick­ing off their new sea­son, Good­wood were host­ing their last meet­ing of the year. The sev­en­race card was very well at­tended with a heav­ing crowd there on what was a glo­ri­ous au­tumn Sun­day.

There was plenty of equine sup­port too with big fields for the book­mak­ers and pun­ters to get stuck into. Fif­teen went to post for the opener which was the Eve Trak­way Alder­brook Stakes, a race for pro­fes­sional Na­tional Hunt jock­eys.There was no prob­lem get­ting pi­lots de­spite Chep­stow host­ing a meet­ing on the same day.

Ma­jor Mac and Be My Sea were sent off 9/2 joint favourites but had to set­tle for third and fourth be­hind 7/1 win­ner Arthur McBride un­der David Crosse. Busi­ness was re­ported as busy but small. One book­maker was made to jump when handed a bet of £4,200-£300 Rosie Royale but never had to sweat as she beat only one home.

The books had a re­sult in the next when Sil­vestre De Sousa booted 10/1 shot Gold Award to vic­tory. There had been some de­cent money about for sev­eral oth­ers in the race in­clud­ing No Not Again backed from 7/2 into 11/4 and Wind In Her Sails 4/1 into 3/1 so that cash all stayed in the hods.

There was some ex­cite­ment on the rails when one book­mak­ing firm re­ported sight­ing a celebrity in the crowd, none other than veteran TV pre­sen­ter Fred Di­ne­nage.I didn’t spot him my­self though and as they also said they’d seen a bird on Ken­nel Hill they may not be that re­li­able. Ev­ery­one knows that you won’t see a bird on Ken­nel Hill. I’ve been look­ing since the 1990’s.

There ap­peared to be a right old touch landed in the Nurs­ery when Colonel Frank was backed from a morn­ing priced 8/1 into 10/3 and won im­pres­sively.

There were a de­cent few bets for other horses on-course with most of the busi­ness for the win­ner ap­par­ently done off course prior to rac­ing which was no doubt good news for the track lay­ers.There was even bet­ter news for those that were in­volved in the Jim Crowley Cham­pion Jockey gam­ble when he se­cured a quick­fire dou­ble on Lady Ma­capa in the‘Happy Birth­day Tony Pan­nett’ Stakes. At first glance the 14/1 win­ner was a‘re­sult’for the ring too but one book­maker was soon to point out that they can eas­ily run into those priced horses in 15-run­ner hand­i­caps as this was. You have to laugh, not many book­ies ap­pear to have half full glasses.

An odds-on shot on the card isn’t ideal for a Sun­day meet­ing but it did give the book­ies a chance to get a short one beaten and guar­an­tee a win­ning day.The trou­ble is, the short one needs to get beaten and this one trot­ted up. Not only that but it trot­ted up un­der Frankie Det­tori af­ter be­ing backed from 1/2 to 1/3. I didn’t hear of any real lumps on course but there were sev­eral three-fig­ure bets that would have light­ened the satchels. They got it all back again in the penul­ti­mate when Sol­dier In Ac­tion drifted from 10/1 to 12/1 be­fore trounc­ing the op­po­si­tion by six lengths.

There was a gam­ble thwarted in The Sea­son Fi­nale Stakes when a 20/1 into 12/1 punt on Joe Tuite’s Fast Dancer was chinned near the line by 6/1 shot Dark Devil.It must have been galling for those in on the punt be­cause the win­ner won un­der an in­spired ride by David Nolan com­ing from a bad draw to sneak up the rail. So that was Good­wood done for an­other year and the last of my bi-an­nual

Mossy in ac­tion

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