The MGR club members in the John Wade suite yesterday at Sedgefield had their usual enjoyable and for the vast majority of them ‘profitable’ day at the races.
My two selections for the day included a horse called Madrasa who drifted out from a mid morning 8/1 to 18/1 on the course and got beat by 60 lengths. Clearly something badly astray there and it is unlikely we will find out what and I am allowing for the ease in the going.
Now as the afternoon was gaining momentum I was telling people to wait for the last race as there was something very nicely bred for me to check out in the bumper race.
At this point though I could feel a few of my followers were beginning to lose faith after what happened earlier.
Then to make matters worse for the guests of the John Wade suite Carter’s Rest won easily for Joanna Walton and the Bewley stable after I advised the horse was NOT a bet….at a generous 8/1…..could things get any worse I wondered?
I was really pleased for Joanna and Jonathon mind who had put a lot of work in with the game 11 yo and for the Bewley stable. If they can squeeze a win out of old Carters then it certainly looks promising for the other stable runners coming out in the next few weeks I thought to myself.
Back to the last race bumper and the pre parade ring……..the horse I liked a lot was the very well bred Professor Plum and he looked very fit and that sealed things for me. I lumped on at the best available 22/1 with a decent wadd of cash EW. Then I ran back to tell EVERYONE it was a bet and to hurry down and take the 22/1.
My elder and by this stage very slightly worse for wear brother Cliff generously decided to take all the bets down in between slow gulps of his pint with me telling him to get a move on and get the bet on at the 22/1…….which eventually he did……. in a slow workmanlike fashion!
You’ve guessed the next bit……….boom boom………a lost voice and a few glasses of wine later and we were nearly all very happy! At 22/1 Professor Plum won the bumper having his first ever run on a racecourse by a cosy three lengths and the high fives were being thrown in what suddenly became a very lively box with the punters below throwing up the odd look of disapproval.
As for those few in the John Wade box that day (and I know who you are) who had earlier ‘lost the faith’ and ignored the clear advice……………never underestimate THE PROFESSOR!!