AMA­TEUR PUNTER

Ben Mor­gan starts the month with a big pick-up

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Ben Mor­gan re­veals more ups and downs in the life of a punter

Ihigh­lighted the York Ebor fes­ti­val as the meet­ing where I was go­ing to re­verse my for­tunes which had been trou­bling me for weeks. The first bet I placed for the week was in the Acomb where I fan­cied an out­sider, Wells Farhh Go. He won first time out at York where he was very impressive com­ing from last to first in­side the fi­nal two fur­longs and af­ter Tim Easterby spoke highly of him I was con­fi­dent that he would out­run his odds of 16/1. I placed £10 each way and hoped for the best.

I was ac­tu­ally hol­i­day­ing in Tenby that week so didn’t get to see the ac­tion live,but I cer­tainly got some pos­i­tive vibes when my phone started pinging. The pinging turned out to be no­ti­fi­ca­tions from Twit­ter as peo­ple were liking my tweet about Wells Farhh Go as I stated how much I fan­cied him ear­lier that day.

I never got to see the race un­til later on and cross­ing the line I thought he had just been de­nied by James Garfield,but as the photo came up it was ev­i­dent he held on well.Mass cel­e­bra­tions en­sued as my girl­friend looked on in be­muse­ment. A wel­come boost to the satchel which gave me the con­fi­dence to bet freely once again.

The next day I was pretty keen on the chances of Great Prospec­tor in the big sales race. He ran a good one from Ai­dan O’Brien’s yard close last time out and this seemed a big step down in grade. I placed a £40 win bet and was deliri­ous when I saw Paul Hana­gan tak­ing a pull two fur­longs out as he was saun­ter­ing to the front too soon.Look­ing back he prob­a­bly should have just let him go as he stays 7f well, but he may have been tricked into think­ing it was a one horse race at that stage.Un­for­tu­nately,Tan­gled was zoom­ing up the rail and had too much speed for Richard Fa­hey’s horse, who is bla­tantly more ef­fec­tive over 7f.

I was adamant I wouldn’t have a bet in the Nun­thorpe, be­cause I wanted Lady Aure­lia to win but at 6/4 she was too short for me in against a com­pet­i­tive field.A few peo­ple asked me in the run up to the race who I fancy, and I said I love Lady Aure­lia but at 10/1 Mar­sha each way, is the best bet. And she was just that, as she lunged late to steal vic­tory away from Frankie and Lady Aure­lia. I was slightly frus­trated that I didn’t have a small each-way play but I took a lot of sat­is­fac­tion from see­ing my Dad grin­ning ear to ear all day Fri­day as I bought him a share in Elite Racing Club last Christ­mas, and he is slowly mak­ing a tidy profit from it. It’s fair to say I am ex­pect­ing more than a pair of socks this year.

Af­ter a solid week at York, I was glad to see last month’s best bet, Maori Bob, en­tered up at Bev­er­ley the fol­low­ing day. As I men­tioned last month I think Michael Bell’s horse is a blot on the hand­i­cap and even af­ter his mark was raised he still looked well in, es­pe­cially with Lulu Stanford’s claim taken into ac­count. The 11/4 of­fered me the night be­fore was taken and I stuck £40 on the nose with max­i­mum con­fi­dence.

He bounced out of the gates and Stanford po­si­tioned him on the shoul­der of the leader, keep­ing it nice and sim­ple. From then on, it was never in doubt, she shook him up to take the lead up the straight and sim­ply punched him out to cease vic­tory.

Michael Dods’Bar­well (£40 win) made it two wins from two Septem­ber best bets as he dot­ted up at Thirsk at 7/4.He clearly ap­pre­ci­ated the step up to 12 fur­longs and I would be pretty con­fi­dent he would be able to go in again so read­ers take note.

I didn’t ex­pect to see Maori Bob en­tered up again so soon af­ter his pre­vi­ous run but that did not put me off back­ing him at Le­ices­ter. He was in against some sim­i­lar types this time which al­lowed his price to con­tract to 9/2 as pun­ters and book­mak­ers alike were un­sure which un­ex­posed, im­prov­ing sort was the one to be on.

I stuck £20 each way on my old friend and Lulu Stanford was again jocked up as she has struck up a good re­la­tion­ship with him.She an­chored him out the back away from a solid pace and slowly creeped her way into con­tention be­fore pro­duc­ing him

up the straight.

The shak­ing of the reigns that Lulu in­sisted on was prob­a­bly not needed but will hope­fully stop the hand­i­cap­per from hik­ing him up too much. I stated when he was rated 65 that I thought he had about 30lbs in hand and he is slowly prov­ing me right.

This big win put me nicely in front go­ing into the St Leger fes­ti­val and the first day threw up a few small prof­its as Lau­rens (£10 win) and Great Prospec­tor (£15 e/w) bought home good money.

Day two looked a tough day on pa­per but I had some big fan­cies. Firstly I thought Heartache was too good for Ha­vana Grey in the Fly­ing Childers so staked £30 on the nose at 6/4. I was con­cerned when I saw Ryan Moore on the wing of the field racing alone with no pace in front.He slowly tacked across and had a bit of ground to find with Ha­vana Grey but as soon as she eye­balled Karl Burke’s tough colt she pulled out a lit­tle more and won go­ing away, sug­gest­ing the 6f in the Cheve­ley Park shouldn’t be a prob­lem.

Slightly later in the af­ter­noon, Time To Study looked a good bet in the Mal­lard at 3/1.He was re­ceiv­ing weight off the field as he is a three year old and his run the week be­fore would have put him spot on as he had been off the track for a cou­ple of months.

That fit­ness was key as in the fi­nal two fur­longs, he and By­ron Flyer went at it ham­mer and tong.PJ McDon­ald drove him bravely to the line and he just held on but at the same time he left the im­pres­sion he would progress again.

I think next year will very much be his year but he could still pick up some prizes be­fore the sea­son is out.

I gen­er­ously gave some of my win­nings back to the bookies as De­foe (£25 e/w) clearly wasn’t him­self in the St Leger and faded tamely up the straight.The tac­tics in the race were ques­tion­able as The Anvil was given no chance to win the race and ar­guably by sprint­ing off that far in front and ty­ing up 4f out is more dam­ag­ing to a horse than re­ceiv­ing a clump to the back of the neck for its own safety? One for the pow­ers that be to sort out I think.

The jump sea­son is upon us which will mu­sic to many read­ers’ ears, so I will hope­fully be re­port­ing on some early sea­son prof­its next month!

Tan­gled

Mas­ter Dee

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