Ben Mor­gan has a month where it all turns to gold

Ev­ery­thing Ben Mor­gan touched last month turned to profit

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Punt­ing the week fol­low­ing Royal As­cot of­ten has the feel­ing of ‘ af­ter the Lord Mayor’s Show’ and it can be quite ex­pen­sive if you try to use the same meth­ods and mind­set as you did the week be­fore.

I re­ally fan­cied The glas­gow war­rior up at Carlisle and at 8-1 Jim Goldie’s horse looked a safe each-way bet. Be­ing a hold-up per­former though, means he comes with risks at­tached and as the race de­vel­oped he got boxed in and I saw my £15 each way bet go up in smoke. He fin­ished 8th as he was nursed home and I thought that might prove to be my sil­ver lined cloud, as next time out he would look an unattrac­tive propo­si­tion with an 8 next to his name and could go off a de­cent price.

I didn’t get in­volved at New­cas­tle on Northum­ber­land Plate day and in­stead waited for Sandown’s two-day Co­ral Eclipse meet­ing. I placed a half-hearted £3 trixie which in­volved Melt­ing Dew, Sa­roog at Sandown and Our Lit­tle Pony at Bev­er­ley. I say it was half-hearted be­cause although I fan­cied Melt­ing Dew and Sa­roog, I only put Our Lit­tle Pony in there be­cause my par­ents have a 28year-old Shet­land pony and it looked to have a favourite’s chance in a weak race.

I put £20 on Sa­roog as he was my best bet of the three and con­se­quently my saver bet if the trixie went down the pan. Melt­ing Dew (4-1) was first up and you won’t catch me prais­ing Ryan Moore too of­ten, but he was sen­sa­tion- al on this horse. He was miles off the pace at the start and in run­ning his price prob­a­bly in­creased four­fold. That price would have short­ened up dra­mat­i­cally mid-race as Moore made a risky move down the out­side of the field and ended up sit­ting sec­ond turn­ing for home.

I pan­icked as he was headed up the straight but Moore didn’t, he con­tin­ued to scrub away and al­low Melt­ing Dew time to find an­other gear which he did much to my dis­be­lief. In the last half fur­long he found more and flew past the lead­ers to nick an un­likely vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat.

Sa­roog was up next and the 4-1 about him the night be­fore looked huge come the off as he was backed into 13/8 co favourite. Up the straight Moore al­lowed him to lengthen on his own ac­cord. A fur­long out there wasn’t much be­tween him and the sec­ond horse but Moore stayed calm and re­fused to pick his whip up. He re­ally got rolling in the fi­nal fur­long and had pulled nicely clear by the line which hinted that he is a horse to fol­low in stay­ing races this sum­mer.

I was happy with my day’s work up un­til that point but my sen­ti­men­tal selec­tion se­cured a profit for July just six days into the month. Our Lit­tle Pony held on in the fi­nale at Bev­er­ley which yielded a huge £400 and on top of the Sa­roog win­nings I made £500 off just £32 which is a whole-hearted re­turn off a half-hearted stake.

A domino ef­fect en­sued and I en­joyed wind­fall af­ter wind­fall. Co­ral Eclipse day started with a suc­cess­ful £40 wager on Ju­di­cial at 4-1 which im­me­di­ately paid for the day and by the time Ti­gre De Terre went in at 13-2 (£10 e/w) I was mak­ing se­ri­ous profit. I got an each-way re­turn on Aus­trian School at Hay­dock and a Roar­ing Lion/Eng­land dou­ble paid £67.50 off a £10 stake. I also had £50 on the im­pres­sive Eclipse win­ner at 7-4 and by this point I was in dream­land. Ev­ery­thing I touched yielded a re­turn.

I even chucked a ten­ner on Harry Maguire to score and Eng­land to beat Swe­den at 18/1 and the next thing you know, the like­able York­shire­man, rose above the rest and put the ma­jor­ity of his ‘slab­head’ into the back of the ball and it con­se­quently flew into the bot­tom corner.

Two fan­tas­tic days felt like jus­tice for en­dur­ing some un­for­tu­nate pieces of luck in pre­vi­ous months.

But if jus­tice wasn’t served then, it cer­tainly was just 24 hours later as the enig­matic Wyn­ford, who threw away his past two races while car­ry­ing my money, gained a de­served vic­tory at Mar­ket Rasen.

Harry Skel­ton, again, ex­e­cuted a mas­ter­class aboard this tricky type, and smug­gled him into the race. He loomed up to the leader’s hind and I whis­pered “Not to­day, please not to­day” which Wyn­ford must have heard as he then started to have a look around. Skel­ton pulled rank and re­ally went to work on him to which he re­sponded in good style. A cau­tious £15 each way bet at 9-2 and a £20 win bet at 7-2 yielded £200 but the re­demp­tion I gained far out­weighed any mon­e­tary gain.

Ear­lier in the day I heard a whis­per from the Olly Mur­phy yard, that An­gel Of Har­lem was a good thing. At 10-3 he looked a de­cent price and given Mur­phy has such a good record with horses hav­ing their first run for him I thought it was worth a punt given I was rid­ing the crest of a wave. I piled £40 into the son of Whoop­sadaisy, which was ex­actly what odds com­pil­ers up and down the coun­try were say­ing as he went clear up the straight. The re­sult was in the bag and an­other £173 hit my ever-grow­ing ac­count.

I was handed a re­al­ity check on Day 1 of the July Fes­ti­val at New­mar­ket as Lox­ley, Leg­ends Of War and Raa Atoll all suf­fered de­feat.

A max­i­mum bet of £100 on El­gin went astray as he didn’t give his true run­ning and con­se­quently trailed home last. Day two was saved though as Pretty Pollyanna (£5e/w at 20-1) blitzed the field in the Duchess Of Cam­bridge Stakes and Piedita (£20 at 4-1) re­sumed her progress at Ch­ester with a com­fort- able win.

Quorto (£30 win) con­firmed the prom­ise of his de­but win with a sec­ond vic­tory in the Su­perla­tive Stake­son Day 3. Wil­liam Buick al­ways looked com­fort­able aboard and when he did ask the ques­tion he got a big re­sponse as he pow­ered up the New­mar­ket hill.

I was about even for the Sat­ur­day by the time The­glas­gowwar­rior lined up at Hamil­ton. Ear­lier in this col­umn I had stated how I felt about his chances next time out af­ter a luck­less run last time. I was right, as there was plenty of 9-1 about him for most of the day and in a four-run­ner race I couldn’t be­lieve my luck. I had £20 on and look­ing back I per­haps should have had more. I was con­fi­dent and in form but my nat­u­rally cau­tious ap­proach stopped me from pil­ing in. He trav­elled like a dream and hit the gap on the bri­dle be­fore pow­er­ing away up the hill.

With The­glas­gowwar­rior and Wyn­ford both win­ning it was a very sat­is­fy­ing month but with the ex­tra £1500+ in my bank ac­count it was also a very prof­itable one. I righted plenty of wrongs and cleaned up the streets of Punter City. All in a good month’s work.

Melt­ing Dew


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