Am­a­teur punter

Ben Mor­gan got off to a crack­ing start dur­ing a prof­itable month

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Ben Mor­gan gets his nose in front af­ter a roller-coaster month

Abig win early in the month is the ideal sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery punter as it gives them the free­dom to ex­press them­selves with­out hav­ing to worry about the books too much.

I had a fancy for Henry Daly’s What­more at Ban­gor in a novice hur­dle, where he looked up against it as the highly re­garded Dostal Phil from the Philip Hobbs sta­ble was lin­ing up also. They started at a sim­i­lar price in the mar­ket but they went op­po­site di­rec­tions as the morn­ing wore on.I placed £30 on the nose for What­more hop­ing he may be able to put his ex­pe­ri­ence to good use and serve it up to the French im­port.

I was shak­ing my head half way round as What­more hadn’t stopped pulling and with less than a mile to go I thought it was a case of when he drops out rather than if he drops out. Although, de­spite my wor­ries, An­drew Tin­kler moved the free go­ing What­more up into con­tention be­fore tak­ing it up up the straight. Dostal Phil trav­elled well but couldn’t go with them,and it be­came clear thatWhat­more had them all in trou­ble.

He pinged the last, full of run­ning and as­serted late on, a phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mance for a horse that had pulled that hard through­out.His SP was a huge 13/2 which re­turned £225,which I was over the moon with, but it didn’t end there.

I have to give great thanks to fel­low Rac­ing Ahead colum­nist, Paul Fer­gu­son, for this next win­ner as I hap­pened to watch a piece he did with Fer­gal O’Brien in the close sea­son and he stated that Coolanly was his dark horse for the sea­son. This was of in­ter­est be­cause this came at a time where ev­ery bumper run­ner he sent out,they won,so the fact he picked this one out in pre-sea­son sent out pos­i­tive vibes.

I chucked a ten­ner on the nose and also put him in a dou­ble with­What­more (13/2 & 5/1 - £10 each-way).It was a pretty care­less bet be­cause not a lot of thought went into it and I can as­sure you I have fan­cied horses a lot more than these two and they have come nowhere.

Coolanly found more in the final half fur­long to se­cure vic­tory which sent me into delir­ium. The dou­ble paid £496 and the sin­gle paid £60, on top of the What­more win­nings made into a tidy start to the month.

I felt in great touch, if I wasn’t win­ning, my se­lec­tions were hit­ting the frame which gave me con­fi­dence. Con­fi­dence re­mained high when I got in­volved in pro­ceed­ings at my lo­cal course Lud­low a week later. This was a week where Kim Bai­ley was on fire and most horses were

win­ning,with this in mind I chucked £20 on his Dandy Dan at 9/2 against a red hot jolly.

All praise for this win must land at the doorstep of David Bass who ex­e­cuted a su­perb tac­ti­cal ride aboard Bai­ley’s charge. His abun­dance of stamina shone through in the last half fur­long and he cleared away from the favourite quite nicely. £165 into my back pocket and leg one of a Lucky 15 landed.

Leg two was Robin­shill, who was an un­lucky loser last time at the same course as he unseated at the last with the race at his mercy. He sur­pris­ingly drifted in the mar­ket, be­fore go­ing onto to cease vic­tory with some foot per­fect leaps.

Alas­tair Ralph was re­spon­si­ble for leg three and four. Firstly, his Tem­pu­ran looked to be a well hand­i­capped horse judged on his sec­ond at Taun­ton a week ear­lier. I backed him sin­gu­larly also (£10 ew @8/1) and was pleased to see him backed into favouritism.

I was even hap­pier to see him take charge of the race and bound five lengths clear. Not many got close enough to muster up a chal­lenge and he surged fur- ther clear af­ter the last bring­ing home another £120 and again sent me deliri­ous with ex­cite­ment as I was three from three and on the verge of £3.5k.

Cut The Cor­ner who fea­tured in last month’s best bets, had pushed the classy Star­chi­tect all the way at Strat­ford a week pre­vi­ous and a big run was ex­pected. I placed £40 each way at 11/2 con­vinced he would fin­ish in the first two.

My heart was well above 200bpm as they turned for home as Alas­tair Ralph’s charge was trav­el­ling the best of them.He still hadn’t been asked as they ap­proached three out, but a slight peck on land­ing meant he needed a bit of hus­tling in or­der to al­most join the sec­ond horse two out, but un­for­tu­nately he walked through it which flat­tened his mo­men­tum com­pletely and he had to set­tle for third.A heart wrench­ing end to a very good day,the Lucky 15 yielded £292 and on top of the sin­gles win­nings meant I couldn’t com­plain.

A £15 each-way bet on Kerry Lee’s Magic Dancer at Kemp­ton yielded £138 which helped erase the Mon­day blues. Fur­ther mid­week wins on White Moon (£50 at 7/4) and Cress­well Leg­end (£40 at 7/2) helped top the satchel up.So much so that when Magic Dancer reap­peared at Chel­tenham just four days later in a con­di­tional jock­eys hur­dle off the same mark with no penalty I hap­pily ploughed in,£30 each way at 13/2 — a gift surely?

Richard Pa­trick an­chored his mount out the back but creeped into con­tention com­ing down the hill and moved to take it up en­ter­ing the straight. From then it was never in doubt and I was re­lieved I got the 13/2 the night be­fore as he ended up a well-backed 3/1 favourite.

I went to the mid­dle leg of the Novem­ber meet­ing with a big fancy on Coup De Pinceau (£20 e/w at 9/1) of the Paul Ni­cholls yard who had some top form against some smart novices, yet was handed an open­ing mark of 125. But de­spite such le­niency, he faded up the straight prob­a­bly be­cause of the ground.I ex­pect him to make a mock­ery of 125 on bet­ter ground soon.

The last day of the Novem­ber meet­ing at Chel­tenham yielded yet more win­nings and it capped of a mag­i­cal month for my­self. As much as I felt like Harry Pot­ter, it was Harry Cob­den that pro­vided me with the final win of the month on Slate House.

He has al­ways been touted as be­ing pretty spe­cial I was sur­prised to see a late mar­ket drift to 5/2,and I duly struck a £60 win bet. The sub­trac­tion of the hur­dles due to the low sun was a sight neg­a­tive but as soon as Cob­den sent him on round the bend I was con­fi­dent noth­ing would catch him and they didn’t as he surged up the hill, with plenty left in the tank.

Straight af­ter the race,Paddy Power left him at 33/1 for the Supreme and I couldn’t re­sist hav­ing £10 each-way on that be­cause if he gets into a jump­ing rhythm on the front end,there aren’t many getting past him.

Tem­pu­ran

Star­chi­tect

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