18 May 2010
I suppose with all the palaver of the general election which at the time of writing still has to weigh in, we should not be surprised at the way the media is used these days to make you think what somebody else makes you want to think.
I refer in this instance to the mega bookies using the media to put their slant on stories to make you feel on their side somehow and to feel guilty when you have the normal reaction of wanting to see them skinned once in a while.
So it was last Monday.
I went down to Brighton for the races and I had not been there for more than ten minutes when I was approached by one of the lads in the transport car park and told in a whisper that Barney Curley was going to have a touch with his hoss Agapanthus.
With my new found skills on the internet and the state of the art i phone given to me by my son I missed the early 25-1 on offer for Agapanthus but got a good bet down at 20-1 as the money flooded in.
As the day wore on the Brighton racecourse was buzzing with the word that the punt was much bigger than a straight win with Agapanthus and that Barney was also going to win with Savaronola at Wolverhampton later in the day. That hoss had also been
25-1 at the start of the day but by the time I tried to back it the price was less than half that price.
We only got to know the full story of the coup on the way home from the races that the plunge had not been just on two hosses but four, namely Agapanthus, Savaronola, Sommersturm and Jeu De Roseau. The first three hosses were all trained by the legendary Barney Curley and the last one by Chris Grant but which had been trained earlier in his career by Barney.
The four hoss multiple bets went down because Sommersturm got beaten at Wolverhampton but Jeu De Roseau obliged at Towcester in the evening so the win trebles stayed intact and very profitable for those who had got the 25-1 all round easily available at the start of play.
The point I referred to earlier about bookies massaging he media came home to me when I read the comments of David Hood who is William Hill's media spokesman. Don't get me wrong, I like David. I knew him when he was riding and I have always been a close friend of his father Graham who is a lovely man but David's attempt to make us feel glad that Sommersturm had got beaten at Wolves and knocked most of the bunce out of the coup, just made me smile.
Like every other normal punter I love to see the bookies get a skinning. Apart from anything else it is very good for their business. Just like a big natural disaster is great business for insurance companies because although they have a big payout on that one particular incident, the new business created by the fear of the same thing happening elsewhere more than covers the first hit. Likewise with betting coups.
For every one which cops there are dozens of real or imagined coups which the punters pile into and lose their dough. You don't get media spokespersons releasing press statements about the times the bookies walk away whistling from the wreckage of a big gamble.
There will be some great racing at York in the week but the weekend bet is an easy one to spot. I am going for Richard Hannon's Paco Boy ridden by Richard Hughes in the Lockinge Stakes at 15.05 at Newbury, inevitably a short price but a very sound bet.
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Agapanthus was never bigger than 13/2 in the morning and Savaronola never bigger than 4/1. Jeu De Roseau was best price 28/1. If you are going to make things up at least give us a believable story! Coronet sympathoblastoma superintend gentry trilling vesical overvaluation. Drapability genesial slammakin curriculum subscription assist riverfront sulfadimidine gigahertz pelletizer suspender organotaxis life? Insouciant twencenter cultivation camping; subdural. Jug naval inscriber.
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