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    One of my very favourite horses – but my worst bet ever.

    Shadeed @ 9/4 1985 Derby.

    Ghost of Rob V
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    Harchibald in the 2005 Champion Hurdle. There he was, still on the bridle, about to pounce and win. I was ready to collect my winnings … but then Hardy Eustace had other ideas!

    I called Mr Carberry all the names under the sun and left the betting office in a right strop.

    I’ve never felt so bitter at losing a bet.

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    Laying off my Mon Mome Grand National bet for a loss after his dreadful run in the Midlands National, before sticking it (and a further £60) on Brooklyn Brownie.

    Also have a total of £77.50 on Andy Carroll to win the Golden Boot. Thought at the start of the season that with Downing, Kuyt, Gerrard, Adam and Suarez there’d be crosses galore with Andy ready to pounce. A great bet at 28/1 in theory but utterly s***e in practice.

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    My first large ante-post wager, placed soon after St Nicholas Abbey’s 2009 Racing Post victory – Dunguib(2010 Supreme Novice Hurdle) and St Nicholas Abbey(2010 Derby), £100 double. Fingers burnt and lessons well and truly learnt! :oops:


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    Having had a great Cheltenham in 1986 (won placepot on day 2, big antepost bet on Dawn Run, big bet on Half Free) I was on a roll. The county hurdle was the last rcae of the meeting, and I was going down to the tote to forecast Jobroke and Taelos. On the way I met a fellow Irishamn who assured me that Dromoland Lad was a cert. So, like an idiot, I listened to him.
    Jobroke won at 5-1, Taelos was 2nd at 12-1. I reckon I would have made almost a five figure sum, which was big money in those days.

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    I forgot to say, Dromoland Lad was nowhere, never featured

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    Worst bet
    was marrying off
    my alter ego
    to this house of
    uncertain death.
    Thousands of hours
    of writing put me
    and the boxed animal
    called gamble
    in ruinous family debt :mrgreen:

    Best bet was the 10/1
    to get through the decade
    when I collected
    I told ‘er..
    you lured me
    away from home
    I’ve left me lunch
    and me garden gnome
    but oh Maggie
    dont you go home
    I’ll buy you..crone :mrgreen:

    The Young Fella
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    My worst was probably Aimigayle in the bet365 Gold Cup last year. I had the biggest bet of my life on her and simply could not see it getting beat.

    I knew the quick ground would suit Aimigayle, she was fresh after a short season, well-handicapped and seemed certain to love the step-up in trip too. Somehow, despite the obvious clue in her name, I ignored the Strong Gale blood which dooms 99% of horses to never staying a yard over three miles.

    Of course, she travelled like a dream until turning for home, then the legs turned to jelly. :(

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    I backed the Vincent O’Brien trained/ Robert Sangster owned Salmon Leap to win the 1983 Derby. Much to my dismay, the Epsom ground turned into a bog on the day of the race and I watched forlornly as Salmon Leap trailed in fourth behind favourite, Teenoso, who absolutely relished the conditions.

    But being the forgiving and hopeful type, I decided to give the "well regarded" Northern Dancer colt another chance and decided to lump on at odds on when he took on good Irish race mare, Stanerra, in Ireland.

    Stanerra beat him quite easily and then went on to win a few good group races thereafter.

    It still rankles with me to this day. It was sore one to take it – and a lesson well learned. :oops:

    Gambling Only Pays When You're Winning

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    Backing both Born to Sea and Noble mission foe this years Guineas and Derby. Doubt either will run now.

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    Any odds on shot. :shock:

    In my early days I used to find myself backing odds on after a losing streak, just to break the streak, but that lost as well.

    Also was keen on Party Politics (1992 National), talked myself out of betting on it, to back Romany King (typical :roll: )

    Lesson learnt from that, never change your mind. :lol:

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    Cue card at Cheltenham last year was a bad bet, thought it was gonna be a very decent horse. Fortunately I backed against him against Grand Crus so recouped my losses.
    My worst bet last year was the budapest bullett OVERDOSE lol both runs in England where he was dissapointing I backed him, no doubt I will prob back him at the dubai world cup meeting aswell :wink: ,
    All learning experiences I suppose:o

    Venture to Cognac
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    Straight away I thought of Dark Stranger in the 2002 Whitbread. Bet him at 66’s the Monday before. For reasons unknown, I didn’t back him e/w, not quite sure what I was thinking. Naturally he finished 2nd, having blazed a trail out in front, only to be caught by stablemate Bounce Back. I can almost laugh about it now.

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    I backed Les Arc as a total no hoper in the 2006 Kings Stand Stakes.

    At the end of the race I cursed myself for thinking a horse that had been over hurdles and was running at wolverhampton only a few months earlier could ever be competetive at Royal Ascot!

    I watched in horror as he won the Golden Jubilee without the burden of my money on his back 4 days later – 70/1-80/1 available on betfair at the off.


    Nathan Hughes
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    I had an ante post bet on Teofilo for the Guineas 2 days after he had been retired…… :oops:

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    Anyone lay New Approach at 500/1 after Jim Bolger said he wouldnt run in the Derby?

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    Australia made 252. England were 15-3. I had a grand on Australia at 1.35 in running on betfair. I can see it now, the exact figure. I thought it was the easiest money ever made, with Brett Lee and Glen McGrath bowling well. And England had James Dalrymple to come.

    Anyway, Bell and Collingwood put a decent stand on and the Auzzies drifted to 1.67. But the overs were dissapearing fast. I topped up with another £500 at that price. Then Bell got out and the Auzzies shortened to 1.31. I contemplated laying off half of it at that price, but thought that as England were shyte, it was easy money.


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