There’s a lot of talk today about another legendry Barney Curley gamble, I’m not sure it’s the great man as his last coup was only in January of this year whilst a few of the runners involved this afternoon don’t quite fit the bill. Readers of this blog and members involved with me in the past have got on the last two big Curley gambles and won a lot of money, this one just doesn't quite smell right.
Many people are looking for the John Butler / Des Donovan horses all running on the same today plus any ex Curley trained horses, it takes only pennies to force a price crash these days as bookies don't take risks nor stand multiple bets to decent stakes.
Messages on Social Media were going out 48 hours ago from people who noticed the entries, early bets will have gone on last night from people who can’t wait, all this does is alert the bookies and force horses to trade at much shorter odds than they should be, it's just people guessing.
The horse’s concerned are:
2:30 Yarmouth – Bang In Trouble
3:00 Yarmouth – Champagne Charlie
4:50 Brighton – Hejaz
6:10 Sligo – The Drunken Dr
7:35 Southwell – Steuben
8:05 Southwell – Bwindi
Bang In Trouble is not a Curley type gamble, he’s never tried to land a first time out winner before whilst the horse was a cheap buy at under 2000gns. However there’s a first time for everything and the trainer is correct, if this one goes in the bookies will be panicking, backed from 20-1 into 6-4.
I think Champagne Charlie has shown too much form of late, quite a few placed efforts and not the normal row of duck eggs associated with a Curley coup, Hejaz should be trading much shorter than 5-2 if very well fancied but The Drunken Dr & Steuben both fit the bill being ex Curley horses.
Bwindi just looks a fancied runner that Johnny Murtagh has also sent over, it can’t be linked to anybody and has decent form already.
It will be interesting to see what happens as the day goes on, a few of the above should win especially the Murtagh horses.
Whatever happens it livens up a fairly dull Thursday. Although I’m doubtful it's a planned coup by Curley & Co I'll be cheering on each horse as it will force a big payout from the bookies if they all come in.
Good Luck if you've joined the fun!