MONDAY might not have been Bob Geldof’s favourite, but to race-fans in the south it means a weekly jaunt down the Thames for an evening at Windsor.
These meetings are always lively affairs and that was certainly the case last Monday when it was jackets off and wallets out for a hefty plunge on John Butler’s HAVEONEYERSELF in the opener.
Five minutes before the off there were frantic messages that a punter was steaming round the ring taking all sorts of fancy prices about the horse in what was a diabolically weak 5f handicap.
Bearing in mind the Butler yard doesn’t get it wrong too often, the money was probably well informed.
Unfortunately no-one had the good sense to tell Haveoneyerself that he was a certainty. After being nudged along early, he was flat out at halfway and only beat one home.
As for the intrepid punter – well he did £15,000 in cold blood and hasn’t been spotted since. Gone but not forgotten as they say. Ouch!
The scores on the doors were very much in the bookmakers favour again at Kempton on Wednesday, where we had a brace of 33-1 winners and some well backed favourites beaten.
Notable among these was Ralph Beckett’s POYLE CHARLOTTE in the 7f fillies’ handicap.
There’s often money around the Beckett horses and this filly was a real punter magnet, being smashed in from an early 7-2 to 15-8 at the off.
Her supporters were desperately unlucky not to collect as the filly reared badly when the stalls opened, forfeiting ground and a decent position in the process.
Poyle Charlotte flew up the unfavoured inside rail when finally able to wriggle free, but ran out of time and couldn’t reach the winner Vixen.
This was one that got away but she’s clearly on a workable mark and should recoup losses shortly.
There were a couple of paddock eyecatchers in the 6f novice event on this Kempton card, notably Hughie Morrison’s REQUITED.
He’s a tall, slightly raw looking colt from a family of half decent sprinters. A miserable draw in stall 12 was unhelpful, as was the fact that he pulled like a train for the first quarter-mile.
Liam Keniry looked after the big bay when he wasn’t going to be involved in the finish and a creditable fifth place is only scratching at the surface of his potential.
There’s much more in the locker and Requited could pop up at a decent price somewhere this summer.
ON THE WARPATH was the most interesting horse on show at Newmarket on Thursday.
LIFE ON EARTH (5.40 Lingfield) caught the eye in a fair novice event here last time.
He should be suited by this step-up in trip on his handicap debut.
He bolted-up twice for Sir Mark Prescott at Southwell last winter but was making his debut for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin here.
The colt looked in good order, was nicely punted and would have gone a lot closer but for being messed around every time William Buick tried to find a run.
On The Warpath wont have been a cheap purchase – when the `boys in blue’ go shopping it’s definitely Harrods rather than Costco – and on this show he’ll be an earner before too long.
Black mark of the week goes to one of the top jockeys who let himself down when swearing at a young female member of staff at Kempton after she was unable to supply him with a racecard.
His foot-stamping attitude smacked of `do-you-know-who-I-am’ and clearly left the girl in question a bit shaken.
There was no excuse for his behaviour and it was almost as pleasing as watching the Germany match when he got beat on a short one later that night. I believe they call it karma!