Golden rules of betting were good for a laugh

THE Racing Post, over the last week or so, ran a series of little articles under the heading “My golden rules of Royal Ascot betting.”

Essentially, one of their in-house experts each day gave three pieces of advice on how best to beat the layers.

Have to admit to finding some of the advice highly amusing. Here’s the one that was top of the charts.

It said: “Practically every race is fiercely competitive and takes some sorting out, so the key is not to get suckered into trying to pick the winner of each contest. You should instead concentrate on unravelling two or, at most, three races per day.”

Let’s say you decide three is the right number. That means, by the end of the five days, you will have had 15 bets.

At two efforts a day, it will still come to ten bets by Saturday evening. I’ll tell you here and now that the vast majority who have 10-15 wagers at Royal Ascot, any year, as sure as night follows day, will do their dough.

Here’s another beauty. “Be wary of backing two or three horses in the same race and also at backing anything each-way at under 8-1 or so.”

I know of a handful of punters who are prepared to back two horses in a race. Usually, it means they have gone for a touch on one and saved on the other.

But have I been living on some parallel planet, are there are actually those who would invest on three horses in a contest?

The theory, apparently, about not backing each-way at under 8-1 is that it’s indicative of a lack of confidence in any one horse in particular actually winning the race.

Did you ever read such rubbish? On Tuesday, I had what can only be described as savage word for David Wachman’s Bushranger in the Windsor Castle Stakes.

Backed him each-way at 5-1 and watched as he was run down in the last hundred yards by 100-1 shot Flashmans Papers.

Was disappointed, of course, at not copping the lot, but chuffed all the same that I had the foresight to take out the insurance policy.

Making a profit at the Cheltenham Festival is one of the toughest tasks of the year. To my way of thinking Ascot is even worse and you should treat it the way you would someone approaching with a hot poker, intent on applying it to a part of your anatomy which you hold most dear. There aren’t that many Duke Of Marmalade’s around you know!

Give the place, from a punting point of view, as wide a berth as is humanly possible. By Saturday, you should be able to count the number of bets you had on one hand.

All that aside, however, simply cannot resist being with Cuis Ghaire in the Group 3 Albany Stakes tomorrow.

Already this week we have seen that our juveniles, through Bushranger, Intense Focus (runner-up in the Coventry Stakes) and both Connie Mac and Sugar Free in yesterday’s Queen Mary Stakes, are well up to standard.

That encourages us into thinking Cuis Ghaire holds an outstanding chance of completing a hat-trick.

Liked her a lot when she won her maiden at Naas and even more next time when returning to that track.

She made every yard of the running then to score going away by three and a half lengths. The daughter of Galileo is a typical Jim Bolger inmate, tough, talented and resolute.

Hopefully, she will make us laugh, for all the right reasons!


RETURNED to action at Cork on Sunday, first meeting for two weeks, and thoroughly enjoyed Heart Of Fire’s success in the six furlongs Listed race for two-year-olds.

In a seven-horse affair, simply could not believe the 5-1 that was on offer in the morning. Surprisingly, however, it wasn’t taken to any great extent and he was available as high as 4’s on track.

The son of Mujadil eventually found some friends and was finally taken into 3-1. The world and it’s mother knew what he was going to do, come out and go from the start.

He did just that and found plenty for the excellent Declan McDonogh to score with lots in hand. Roll on the next one.

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