Yes, clem­mie saves the day!

went large with his last bet of the month – and got out of trou­ble

Racing Ahead - - DIARY OF AN AMATEUR PUNTER - Ben Mor­gan

It was late Septem­ber, Tim Vaughan’s Dads in trou­ble (£20 win) had just fallen early in a novice chase at Worces­ter and Nyaleti (£30 win) had got touched off by a nose in the Rock­fel. By the time Robin The Raven (£20 win) came home at one pace also at Worces­ter I was star­ing de­feat straight in the face. I was £245 down for the month with one day re­main­ing and very lit­tle chance of get­ting it back.

Thank­fully the re­main­ing day of the month was a Satur­day which meant I had plenty of op­tions to choose from in my quest to get back into the black. I was look­ing for a good thing, a cert, some­thing that I could rely on and with Heartache a de­fec­tion in the Cheve­ley Park, I made Clem­mie just that.

At 15/8 she rated a good price, es­pe­cially as her ri­vals didn’t look all that strong. I ploughed in with a max­i­mum bet of £100 on the nose which would have yielded £287.50, enough to save the month and enough left over for a cel­e­bra­tory pint or two.

I hadn’t staked that much on a horse for a while and I did feel a lit­tle anx­ious about it, although I knew deep down, she had a favourite’s chance and that I wasn’t chuck­ing my money around aim­lessly.

Ar­riv­ing back home from watch­ing my beloved Shrews­bury Town beat Scun­thorpe 2-0 and head to the top of the league, I was feel­ing some­what buoyed about the chances of Clem­mie. I flicked on the record­ing and saw Ryan Moore hold her up just off the pace, an ideal po­si­tion. She would stay 7f easy so I was happy to see her close to the pace which wiped out the chance of a bad luck story.

Ryan eased her into the lead on the bri­dle and although Dif­fer­ent League was trav­el­ling equally as good I re­mained con­fi­dent that now it was a bat­tle, Clem­mie and Moore would come out on top. And that she did as she grinded out a solid vic­tory to ce­ment her place at the top of the two-year-old fil­lies ta­ble. I was deliri­ous with re­lief as I saved the month on the last day and main­tained my record of only one month in the red so far this year.

Not only did I save the month but I ended up in front as I also had a £5 each­way saver on Flying Pur­suit at Ripon. A soft ground, course spe­cial­ist run­ning on soft ground, I thought that 7/1 was a gift and if I had been in a bet­ter po­si­tion, fi­nan­cially, I would have got stuck in but as it turned out I was just grate­ful to keep the streak go­ing.

My ex­cite­ment for the forth­com­ing jumps sea­son was slightly blunted as Sil­ver Kayf (£20 win) just jumped to the front at War­wick when he fell. A gen­tle re­minder that bet­ting on the jumps has other risks at­tached, but I think Kim Bai­ley’s charge will re­pay my losses next time out.

Just seven days on from Clem­mie’s hero­ics, I was hop­ing to kick start Oc­to­ber with a big win. Again I was look­ing for a good thing, and I didn’t have to scour the cards too hard un­til I de­cided Blue Point

was ex­actly that.

Wil­liam Buick was mak­ing his re­turn to the sad­dle af­ter a lay­off which meant the story was al­ready writ­ten, I just had to watch it un­fold. I stuck £50 on at 6/5 the night be­fore which I thought was quite re­served given how much I fan­cied him. He’s not too far off the top sprint­ers out there and he was fac­ing glo­ri­fied hand­i­cap­pers on good­ish ground.

I kept telling my­self this as I watched Waady and Waldgeist get turned over at short odds which was sur­pris­ing but meant that surely the next red hot jolly must go in. Not a great mind­set to have when bet­ting on horses and you will get your fin­gers burnt if you do it too of­ten, but I placed an­other £50 on Blue Point and hoped for the best.

Buick rode like he hadn’t been away as he chucked him out into the lead, mean­ing no traf­fic prob­lems and the ben­e­fit of dic­tat­ing the tempo.He gave Blue Point a kick in the belly two fur­longs out and he took three lengths out of the field with­out break­ing sweat. By the time the field had re­alised he ex­tended his lead, he was away and the race was in the bag.He tired late on which made Pro­jec­tion look good as he came home a fast fin­ish­ing sec­ond, but to be hon­est he won it easy. A fur­ther £235 hit my ac­count which paid for the day and gave me a good start to the month.

Later in the day I was let down by Ara­canda, a hand­i­cap­per who I have been keen on for some time now. A £15 each way at 18/1 bet proved un­suc­cess­ful as he faded miles from home which sug­gested all was not well. An­other de­feat on Never Back Down at Red­car left a sour taste in my mouth de­spite it be­ing a prof­itable day.

I had a small in­ter­est in Cribbs Cause­way in the last race on the card at New­mar­ket. I went to check the price of Roger Charl­ton’s filly just be­fore the race and no­ticed that not only was she on the drift but Sky­bet had boosted it to 11/4. With Frankie the Wizard in the sad­dle I thought it was worth an­other £20.

She trav­elled smoothly into the race and just as she moved to take it up, Frankie de­cided he didn’t need his stick and threw it to the ground on pur­pose (or so he will tell you). He be­gan to shake the reigns and the re­sponse was im­pres­sive as she cleared away with very lit­tle en­cour­age­ment needed. An­other £75 was col­lected and things tasted a lit­tle sweeter with the day end­ing on a high.

The last week­end be­fore this went to press ended in dis­as­ter, but not so dis­as­trous that it ru­ined the month. The jumps were back at Chep­stow and I had a fancy on Skewiff (£15 e/w) of Evan Williams in the mares’ hand­i­cap hur­dle. She looked as if she would ap­pre­ci­ate the step up in trip and at 20/1 she proved fan­tas­tic each way value.

The se­date early gal­lop didn’t suit and she was tapped for toe up the straight, but I thought she was just get­ting into her stride when she un­shipped Adam Wedge but it was prob­a­bly too early to say she would have def­i­nitely fig­ured.

Later on the card I thought Whole­stone looked to have a chance in the Sil­ver Tro­phy hur­dle, but his ef­fort fiz­zled out af­ter the last and a novice chase cam­paign surely awaits.

De­spite that dis­ap­point­ment, I can­not wait for the jumps to get into full swing next month!

Blue Point (right)

Clem­mie wins

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