SIMON NOTT Tales From The Ring Curragh Friday

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS 6:35 TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition HandicapIt was interesting to see and English raider in Joe Tuite’s Kimifive, especially as Ryan Moore was booked to ride. The gelding was a steady 9/2 shot. The buzzer in the race was Turbine but the word didn’t really translate into cash on course, though plenty of business at bigger prices had been reported during the afternoon. Neither of the aforementioned won but the other steady 9/2 and ultimately joint-favourite Jassaar bagged the race nicely for Dermot Weld under Andrew Slattery. Needless to say not many of the bookies cheered it home.A couple of punters came up and bet with Neil and Flynn in the next and told them they did so because Star Sports sponsor the Greyhound Derby. That was nice to hear, especially as the first round heats were getting underway in Nottingham tonight.7:05 Kerrygold Gallinule Stakes (Group 3)Long before the race Flynn had been waxing lyrical more misty-eyed than May about the jolly Constantinople ‘Best looking horse I’ve ever seen’. The punters appeared to agree the 6/4 on offer in the ring early collapsed into 10/11 at the off. For a few strides around the furlong pole it looked as if Aidan O’Brien’s charge could be all show and no go. The colt’s backers would have have had a momentary of doubt. As soon as Ryan Moore galvanised his mount into action it was all over bar the shouting.7:35 K Club MaidenBetting was steady in the penultimate for most of the run-up to it. The tranquility was shattered as the horses were leaving the paddock the firm laid a monkey trade money at 3/1 Gee Rex, a price that was soon splintering all round the ring.This appeared to spur on punters into a flurry of bets for several horses. It was a hectic couple of minutes which left three losers in the book at the off.None of the three losers featured in the finish. As those that did passed the post some observers thought that 66/1 shot Independent Missy had got the nod in a thrilling finish. Sadly for the bookies it was 4/1 second-favourite Sonaiyla’s head bobbing at the right time – winning a short-head.8:05 Curragh Grand Opening HandicapThe concluding handicap looked fiendishly difficult. It didn’t deter some early bird shrewdies, how did we know they were shrewdies? Because they asked for, and got laid the fractions. Bets of €2000-€240 each-way Treble Cone and €1000-€140 Stellaire Enfant. If you don’t understand fractions and how to bag the value on course read here.The fractions continued to flow, we laid another cash bet, this time €2000-€240 each-way, once again on Stellaire Enfant. The trouble was the punters, big and small, only wanted the same two horses with 18 to choose from At the off we had the two ‘fraction’ horses losing along with Edification we’d laid at 33/1. 12/1 Latchet was a winner in the book and a welcome one as one of the bogies Treble Cone looked likely to win until the last strides while Edification was nearest finish and just failed to make the frame. We ended the night losing just over a grand, but with two big days to go and business good it’s far from over yet.Simon Nott CURRAGH FRIDAY: SIMON NOTT reports from the Star Sports pitch at The Curragh on day one of the Guineas meeting on his first days racing in Ireland. How busy was the ring? Which way did the results go?center_img It’s the Grand Opening meeting at The Curragh, my first time racing in Ireland and the second meeting Star Sports have bet at the course. The betting ring here is a betting rectangle enclosure alongside the stand rather than in front of it. Hopefully I’ll be able to add some video content to illustrate it better tomorrow. The big difference between the UK and Ireland is the the rails books have double-sided boards to take bets from either side of the rail.4:55 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies MaidenBetting on the first race was fairly quiet, the guessing being that punters were finding their way around their new surroundings. There had been a morning gamble on Sunday Sweet from 9/1 into 7/2 but had eased to 5/1 on course. We laid a €750 each-way cash bet at 5/1 right in the hole. The punter can consider himself unlucky not to at least get the place money. The filly had no luck in running and was then collared for third close home. 10/1 shot Albigna won the race, one for the bookies.5:25 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Marble Hill Stakes (Listed)Only five went to post for the next and three of them were saddled by Aidan O’Brien. It was Ger Lyons’ Siskin that was sent off favourite though. Flynn and Neil went 6/4 and were accommodated to the tune of €2000 trade money at the price. The lively money proved very well invested, the colt followed up from its Naas win in some style returning 11/8 favourite. Star Sports on the other hand were now on the back foot after just two heats.6:00 Spring Fillies HandicapThe third race on the card proved to be one where it was very hard to field much money. The punters standing back rather than wading in which isn’t great for turnover. As they were off it appeared someone must have sat on the racecourse remote control as Sky News was being broadcast on the big screens so racegoers were treated to a tearful Theresa May rather than Ger Lyons and Colin Keane landing a quick-fire double with Viadera winning at 5/1. Most people saw the funny side of it and normal service was soon resumed.last_img