Am­a­teur punter

Ben Mor­gan saw the less en­joy­able side of punt­ing for most of last month with a near miss and a num­ber of short prices miss­ing out

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Ben Mor­gan on the ups and downs of be­ing a punter

Com­ing off the back of ground­break­ing month of high prof­its is al­ways dif­fi­cult and I,like most pun­ters, try to get back to ba­sics as soon as pos­si­ble. The feel­ing of in­vin­ci­bil­ity is hard to ig­nore but the thought of not cash­ing in on a rich vein of form is over­pow­er­ing for most.

I don’t like to hoard big funds in my bet­ting ac­count be­cause it does en­cour­age com­pla­cency so I took my win­nings out and started again.This gave me a chance to pick my bat­tles and weigh up a bet like I would be­fore.

One bat­tle I was con­vinced I was go­ing to win was the Bat­tle of Northum­ber­land, where I was cer­tain Seamour (£50 win) would gain revenge for last year’s nar­row de­feat. Brian El­li­son re­ported him in tip­top shape ahead of a third at­tempt at win­ning the Plate,which boosted my con­fi­dence no end.

Dis­ap­point­ingly though, his fin­ish­ing ef­fort pe­tered out up the straight as he was clearly not suited by the stop-start gal­lop. He looks an end-to-end gal­loper and will be much more at home in the Ebor where his pref­er­ences are al­most guar­an­teed. I, like Brian El­li­son, be­lieve Seamour is more than ca­pa­ble of win­ning one of these big stay­ing races and I just hope it’s not too long un­til he does.

The fol­low­ing week­end ended in tears also as Bar­ney Roy was de­nied by a‘nose’ in the Co­ral Eclipse. I was bullish about his chances and made him my only bet of the week­end so again I went in with a max­i­mum stake (£50 win).He had a tough ride around the Esher track and was slightly hin­dered by some scrum­mag­ing which Lions coachWar­ren Gat­land would have been proud of,be­fore de­liv­er­ing his chal­lenge up the straight.

Ulysses was spot­ted seem­ingly cruis­ing down the out­side of the field be­fore Crow­ley pressed go and every­one as­sumed the race would be over. But Bar­ney Roy would not have it, and started to come back at Ulysses,yard by yard and even­tu­ally ground him down as the fin­ish­ing post ap­peared.

I was con­vinced, ut­terly con­vinced, James Doyle had got him up on the nod and at the very least I sus­pected it would a dead heat. So as you can imag­ine, I was a bro­ken man when “Horse num­ber 5, Ulysses” was bel­lowed over the tan­noy.

I waited with in­cred­i­ble an­tic­i­pa­tion for the photo, and when it even­tu­ally emerged I was in shock that not one ITV pre­sen­ter ques­tioned the de­ci­sion or even de­bated how close it was. In fact I was very nearly in up­roar when Francesca Cu­mani stated “the older horses have shown their dom­i­nance over the three­year-olds”when in ac­tual fact Bar­ney Roy is half a length clear and go­ing away just a frac­tion past the line.

It amazes me that view­ers can­not be shown the tech­nol­ogy and an­gles that the judge is al­lowed to see,be­cause I am sure there were thou­sands want­ing to see a slow mo­tion shot of the horses in the run up to the line and just as they hit the line, in or­der to sat­isfy their sus­pi­cions of hu­man er­ror.

But it was not to be and, as frus­trated as I was,I’m sure I wasn’t half as frus­trated as Richard Han­non was for not run­ning Bar­ney Roy in the Derby.

The July fes­ti­val at New­mar­ket is the first op­por­tu­nity we get to see how the As­cot form stacks up and therein lies a prob­lem. It’s easy to get car­ried away with the Royal win­ners and fol­low them blind, and if you did then you would have got your fin­gers burnt as con­vinc­ing vic­tors; Rajasinghe, Atty Persse and Caravaggio all got turned over at short prices.

It’s also too easy to back the hard luck


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