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Cheltenham: The Bookmaker Freddie Williams: `So I'm thinking of giving up and then Royal Predica won'.

I was in trouble right away, having laid pounds 125,000 to pounds 50,000 about Back In Front in the first. Even though it went out to 3-1, it was still a big loser.

Things weren't getting any better when Azertyuiop won the Arkle. I laid a bet of pounds 150,000 to pounds 100,000 the winner with very little money for anything else, apart from a bit for Impek.

The Champion Hurdle was a good betting race - I laid Rhinestone Cowboy and Intersky Falcon to decent amounts but the real bogey was the winner, Rooster Booster. He was backed in to 9-2 from 11-2.

The punters were shouting louder and louder and the bookmakers were getting quieter and quieter, and things weren't getting better.

Three years ago, a punter had pounds 200,000 on Youlneverwalkalone when it was beaten; luckily, he didn't back it this time.

Even though there weren't any sizeable single bets on the winner, and there was money for Joss Naylor and Ad Hoc, the race was still a loser for me.

So I'm thinking of giving up and then Royal Predica won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir. I love him - he's even got a Scottish name.

I only laid Royal Predica to little bits and pieces; it was more or less a skinner. I laid Silver Steel pounds 700,000 to pounds 100,000 and some big money on Ibis Rochelais.

I took pounds 140,000 on the race, most of which I kept. Then I got a result in the last. If Royal Emperor had won the photo I'd have lost pounds 45,000 on the race, but Inching Closer was a good result for me. Now Best Mate's my bogey horse.


Bookmaker Freddie Williams hard at work in the ring at Cheltenham yesterday
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2003
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