Why I should have had a crafty Newmarket bet.


BEING a 'Doris', I can't do manly things like throw arrers, nevertheless I swallowed my pride and joined in a Stan James charity throw at Newmarket on Saturday.

I'm quite proud of myself as out of the 12 darts, eight actually hit the board, including one in the 20 and a treble 17!

I can now boast I actually stood on the same stage as Eric Bristow, the 'Crafty Cockney', yet didn't back Cockney Rebel in the big race!

While we are on the subject of the 2,000 Guineas, what do we make of the furore surrounding Teofilo? In my opinion John McCririck on Saturday's Morning Line was right in his criticism of how the whole episode has been handled.

Numerous e-mails fell in the Channel 4 Racing inbox from Thursday, and the majority were in the same vein as this one from David Alexander from Dorking.

"For once I have to 100 per cent agree with Mac, the late withdrawal of Teofilo is nothing short of a disgrace." He feels trainer Jim Bolger might have issued sterner warnings to the betting public - and you can appreciate why when he adds: "I walked into a Ladbrokes betting shop on Wednesday and placed a pounds 2,000 cash bet on Teofilio, a day later I have done my money . . . without a run."

He went on to claim that incidents like this will cause punters to look at rival betting opportunities: "Roll on Steepledowns!"

A minority and unsympathetic view came from Alec Cane in another e-mail: "Pity the poor punter as usual.

What tripe. If you take the risk in backing ante-post, then be prepared to accept the worst scenario, which has now happened."


'Crafty Cockney' Eric Bristow

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