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Make it pay with Ramsden's Millionaire.


PUNTERS who were around in the 1980s will remember Terry Ramsden as there was a time when you could not pick up a racing paper without reading about the betting exploits of the postman's son from Enfield.

When his horse, Young Snugfit, ran in the Grand National, Ramsden invested half a million each-way at 10-1. It was fortunate for him he chickened out of having it all on to win as Young Snugfit finished fourth.

Ramsden would have a tilt at ordinary races, too. One trainer he had horses with tells the tale of a runner he fancied in a low-grade race in the north. "He had PS300,000 on and won PS2.6 million. When I came home that night, there was a new BMW on my drive, PS56,000 worth."

When Not So Silly won the Ayr Gold Cup, Ramsden had had some multiple bets with runners at Huntingdon and several bookmakers' workmen could be seen rushing around the betting ring of the little Cambridgeshire track shortening the prices.

The hedging was to little avail that day as all the Ramsden horses won, but if he won a packet on that Friday in September 1987, he went on to lose several fortunes over the next couple of years. He carried the terrible affliction of the compulsive gambler. Only Ramsden himself will know whether the figures upwards of PS50 million that he was reported to have lost gambling on horses were correct and he was possibly kidding himself when he said: "Gambling was not my downfall, cancellation of a billion dollars of credit lines overnight was my downfall."

At one stage, he stood 57th in the list of Britain's richest but he ended up bankrupt when his finance company went under. Worse was to follow when Ramsden was jailed for failing to disclose money he used to buy a house for his estranged wife and their son.

With his long hair and extravagant lifestyle, Ramsden was invariably described as flamboyant. He cannot be quite as forceful with his betting these days, but presumably the name T P Ramsden against two horses at Lingfield today is enough to tell us that 'Rammo' is back again, although he will find very little in the way of flamboyance at the Surrey course in January if he turns up. It is rather doubtful whether any six-figure wagers will be welcomed these days.

The Ramsden runner in the 1.30 carries the remarkably apt name of Secret Millionaire, named by his original owner, Rob Lloyd, who appeared in the television programme of that name, signing cheques at the end. Lloyd, ironically, suffered a similar fate to Ramsden when his property company went into liquidation.

Like his owner, Secret Millionaire is on the comeback trail, having dipped to 58 from his highest mark of 90, winning off a mark of 82 at Yarmouth in September 2011 when with Patrick Morris.

He has shown only an inkling of his old ability since joining Tony Carroll but the stable is back in good form and Secret Millionaire looks well worth chancing with a good draw and Jim Crowley booked.

His two runs over the course and distance, albeit ages ago, have produced a win and a good fourth off much higher marks and if he cannot make any impression in this grade, Ramsden may as well give up with him.

Ramsden's other runner, Jake The Snake, was originally in his ownership, being named after his son. He goes in the claimer at 2.00 and certainly has the ability to win, but for another bet I am going to turn to the 7.30 at Wolverhampton.

Ismail Mohammed, who has done a good job rejuvenating Mubtadi recently, has made a relatively quiet start to his career at Newmarket but he has shown in Dubai that he can train winners at the highest level given the right ammunition.

There was plenty to like about the way Autumnus ran over seven furlongs here last time. He was really grasping what was required by the finish and the extra furlong or so should be right up his street, while Shane Kelly can go the shortest route from stall one if he wishes.

Autumnus was a 170,000gns foal who did not make the grade at Godolphin and that latest run suggested he has the potential to climb the tree from his starting point near the roots.

Today's bets Secret Millionaire 1.30 Lingfield 1pt win Autumnus 7.30 Wolverhampton 1pt win
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
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Date:Jan 25, 2013
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